Actress Amber Heard and tech entrepreneur Elon Musk broke up this week after a year of dating, and overnight, the pair released a joint statement, citing distance as a major factor in their decision to split.

Musk is based in Los Angeles, where he is completing his transition into a real-life Bond villain of some sort, while Heard is currently filming Aquaman in Australia, and expects to remain here until at least October.

The two were seen together at a Gold Coast cafe earlier this week, with Musk flying to Australia to visit his now-ex girlfriend. They were asked about the status of their relationship at the time, but said nothing with Musk telling reporters about his love of Nutella-filled pastries instead.

Overnight, the pair released a joint statement, explaining their split and making it clear that they still have the “utmost respect” for each-other in spite of their decision to go their separate ways. Speaking to People, they said:

The distance has been really tough on our relationship, because we haven’t been able to see each other much. All relationships have their ups and downs, of course.

People occasionally send out speculation, which has no basis in fact, without our knowledge, believing that that they have our best interests in mind. Sometimes, other agendas are at work. It can get a little weird…

However, we would like to state directly that we have the utmost respect for one another, and it would be troubling if anyone had the impression that we thought otherwise.

As a closing note, it is worth bearing in mind that events are always amplified and dramatized in a high profile relationship, whether the people involved like it or not (and we definitely don’t).

The reality is that this is just a normal relationship with a giant magnifying glass applied.

Heard also addressed the breakup in an Instagram post several days ago, saying that she and Musk “care deeply for one another and remain close.”

Source: People
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