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Colin Farrell says he's happy being single: 'Does misery love company?'

Published 20/05/2015 | 10:07

Irish actor Colin Farrell poses during a photocall for the film
Irish actor Colin Farrell poses during a photocall for the film "The Lobster" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival
Irish actor Colin Farrell poses during a photocall for the film "The Lobster" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival
Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell at the Cannes Film Festival promote their movie ‘The Lobster’. Shot in Dublin, Sneem and Kenmare, the Irish coproduction is a sci-fi romance which has taken film critics and festival veterans by surprise. Some are even tipping it to steal the Palme d’Or, the event’s top prize, next weekend
British actress Rachel Weisz (L) talks with Irish actor Colin Farrell as they arrive for the screening of the film "The Lobster" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival
Actress Rachel Weisz and actor Colin Farrell attend a photocall for "The Lobster" during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival
Colin Farrell attends the after party for "The Lobster" during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival
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He's been single for four years and Colin Farrell is in no rush to change that.

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The Castleknock native (38) said that he is in no rush for a relationship, putting it down to the "nonsense of celebrity".

"In my life I’ve had relationships with women that weren’t in the public eye that have been pulled into the public eye as a result of the nonsense of celebrity and being close to me, and I hate that and I hated that for them," he told the Associated Press.

"And so that would be just another thing that would lead into my reticence to being in a relationship."

Colin Farrell attends the after party for
Colin Farrell attends the after party for "The Lobster" during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival

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Farrell, whose film The Lobster received rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival and is up for the prestigious Palme d'Or, said his friends are always keen to set up the singletons in their group.

"I have one friend who just broke up and he’s been in a relationship for six years, and before that he was married for 15 years, and he just broke up and our other shared friends who are in relationships are doggedly pursuing him — ‘I have this person you have to meet'.

"But I’m just like, ‘Just let him (rest.)’ And part of me goes, ‘Is that misery loves company?’”

Actress Rachel Weisz and actor Colin Farrell attend a photocall for
Actress Rachel Weisz and actor Colin Farrell attend a photocall for "The Lobster" during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival

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Earlier this month, he revealed his single status to the Sunday Times, saying:  "I have not dated for, ooh, four years now. It's just not happening, what with the work, the kids and my life. I know it's not what people expect to hear, but that's the honest truth."

"It's not all about you anymore, which is a relief. It's about a bigger world, and helping them find their place in it."

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