Did Keira Knightley & Rupert Friend split up after five years together?


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Keira Knightley has enjoyed a relatively low-key relationship with Rupert Friend for several years now. I think they met on the set of Pride & Prejudice – she was Lizzie Bennett, he was Mr. Wickham. If they met on the set, and started dating, then they’ve been together for more than five years, probably closer to six. For the most part, they keep their stuff relatively free of drama, neither pushing nor hiding their relationship. My point is that there is rarely any dirt about them, so that makes this piece of gossip somewhat exciting… The Daily Mail’s Richard Kay is theorizing that they’ve split up, and that it happened a little while ago and nobody is confirming it yet:

Just the other day, lissom Sienna Miller was talking about how much she envied Keira Knightley’s perfect life and wonderful relationship with handsome actor Rupert Friend. But now I hear that all may not be well with Britain’s most bank-able film star’s five-year romance with Friend.

The first hint of possible problems came last week when Rupert — who first met Pirates Of The ­Caribbean star Keira when they appeared in the film version of Pride And ­Prejudice — arrived without her at the ­London Coliseum gala production of English National Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

On Rupert’s arm was his mother, Caroline.

‘We all wondered where Keira was, because it was a magical show,’ says a fellow guest. ‘But Rupert offered no explanation.’

Other guests at the high-profile event included Kate Moss, Sadie Frost and Natascha McElhone, who greeted Rupert in the interval with hugs and kisses.

And although Rupert looked happy enough that evening, friends fear that behind his smiles, all has not been entirely well with his live-in relationship with Keira, 25. Indeed, some are saying it could be all over between them.

It was only last week that Sienna revealed how she admired Keira’s quiet life with Friend, describing how the couple spend their evenings reading books and discussing topics. ‘It’s the kind of life I aspire to,’ Sienna said.

Rupert, who is a year older than Keira, became an overnight celebrity when he kissed Johnny Depp in the period drama The Libertine. When he first met Keira, she was still with her long-term boyfriend, model and actor Jamie Dornan and he thought he didn’t have a chance with the Golden Globe-nominated actress. But they got together at Christmas 2005.

Sadly, there is speculation about whether the couple will be pulling Christmas crackers together ­during the festive season, and Keira, I am told, may be looking forward to a new life on her own.

Keira’s agent says: ‘We don’t comment on personal matters.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Lainey at LaineyGossip thinks that there might be something there, which I think too. It’s mostly because you never hear anything about them, so if friends are starting to creep out to the tabloids and giving random quotes, something is probably up. Also: the guy who wrote this piece, Richard Kay, is a major British gossip guy. He was Princess Diana’s go-to mouthpiece for years when she wanted to get a particular side out. Just sayin’. Of course, Lainey also thinks something is up with Keira in general. What could it be… drugs? She looked kind of drugged out and glassy-eyed when she was promoting Never Let Me Go. Hmm… what’s happening, Keira?

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26 Responses to “Did Keira Knightley & Rupert Friend split up after five years together?”

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  1. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    Hmmmmmmmm Is she truly only 25? If so, they dont need to settle down that young.

    She needs to go out and experience life a little. Maybe that is what she is doing now.

  2. mln76 says:

    Rupert Friend is a beautiful man look at those eyes.

  3. brin says:

    He reminds me of Orlando Bloom a little.
    Maybe the relationship ran it’s course.

  4. Anon73 says:

    i am meh on her personality, but Keira is a gorgeous woman. these are great pics of her, albeit the one of her in the car is my least fav.

  5. Mouse says:

    Goodness, he’s pretty to look at.

  6. Heavenbound says:

    That is too bad! such a gorgeous couple.

  7. Bodhi says:

    Drugs? I seriously doubt it. I wouldn’t be surprised if she’d had a problem in the past, but she is a really level headed girl. I’m betting that she is pregnant

  8. Leona says:

    I know most people think she’s stunning but I just cant handle her william dafoe jaw.

  9. T says:

    Aw, this is too bad if it’s true. They always seemed really happy together. I like that, whatever the case, they’re keeping low-key and respecting each other’s privacy.

    I’ve never thought Keira looked “drugged out.” She’s been filming and promoting all over the place this year; she’s probably just tired.

  10. Trace says:

    This is sad, if true. They seemed like a low-key couple, well-suited for each other. I’ve become a fan of Rupert Friend’s acting. He’s very handsome in an unconventional way.

  11. hebc says:

    I clicked on this link JUST to see the pictures of Rupert. Swoon.

  12. Louwho says:

    He is GORGEOUS. I’ll take him!

  13. Iggles says:

    I disagree!

    Over the years I’ve seen pictures of Keira and Rupert looking like skinny and skinnier. I don’t think the his and hers anorexics are good for each other!

    Both seem to be at a healthier weight now, but you can definitely tell when Rupert is underweight. He gets a gaunt look in his face.

  14. lolo says:

    Too bad. But it’s my turn now.

  15. gloaming says:

    They look so alike it’s creepy.

  16. Bubbling says:

    Why I don’t know about this Rupert guy?! Was he on Fridays Special?! Look at those eyes! Luckily I found out just in time lol

  17. Cleo says:

    Maybe he and Orlando Bloom are related!

  18. la chica says:

    i loved him in that movie with Sir Olivier’s wife. golly i can’t remember her name or the name of the darn movie. but he was soooooo delicious. yummy!

  19. Shame if they’ve split but i don’t think Keira is on drugs at all, she seems to smart to get involved with all that.

  20. nnn says:

    Her boyfriends were always goodlooking. I loved her with Jamie Dorman

  21. chris says:

    Lainey is a moron. If she says there is trouble it probably means the relationship is perfectly fine.

  22. Kath says:

    I honestly don’t see anything attractive about this guy. I’m not saying he’s bad looking, I just don’t see the cuteness.

  23. Tiffany says:

    One of them probably said, “i’m hungry. I think I’ll get something to eat. And the other was like, “What! Food! We are over!”

  24. gg says:

    Holidays of Happy to you additional, friend.

  25. SweetReverie says:

    @ #18: la chica

    Do you mean Joan Plowight? The movie is Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont.