Cruz and McConaughey split
16:30 05 June 2006
Hollywood lovers Penelope Cruz and Matthew McConaughey have split.
The couple - who started dating while filming 'Sahara' together - have blamed heavy workloads for the shock break-up.
In a statement, they said: "We have decided to take time off as a couple. Due to busy work schedules and so much time apart, we mutually decided four weeks ago that separating was the best thing to do."
Cruz - who has previously dated 'Mission: Impossible III' star Tom Cruise - is currently in Spain filming bull-fighting biopic, 'Manolete', while 36-year-old McConaughey is filming sports drama 'We Are Marshall' in the US.
However, sources close to the pair have revealed the split might not be permanent.
One said: "They're very good friends, but they haven't been able to be together. Who knows what the future holds?
"Penelope said it has been too hard to have a relationship when you see the other person only every six weeks."
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