MICHAEL Fassbender is back as Ireland’s sexiest single man, after his girlfriend of the past year confirmed the couple have split up.
The Kerry-born actor, who was nominated for an Oscar last year, has been dating American actresses and 'Shame' co-star Nicole Beharie for the past year.
The couple who met on the sex addiction movie set, had maintained a long distance relationship over the past 12 months, with Fassbender being based in the UK, and Beharie remaining in the US.
However, Beharie took to Twitter yesterday to let her followers know she has split from the actor.
"Yes it's true Fassbender and I are no longer dating," she wrote.
The Killarney star, had previously spoken about why he fell for the 27-year-old actress.
“I like strong women like my girlfriend Nicole. I love her confidence, she is an equal partner.”
However, he admitted that the couple had difficulties with their hectic schedules: “We’re trying to see each other as often as possible. That’s kinda difficult when she lives in New York and I live in England.”
The 35-year-old actor, who previously dated Lenny Kravitz’s daughter Zoe, is currently in New Mexico filming the Irish movie 'Frank' with actor Domhnall Gleeson.
The role challenges Fassbender who wears a fibreglass head throughout the movie.
The movie is a fictional tale inspired by left-field music figures, including Manchester comedian Frank Sidebottom, who wore a papier-mache head.
The newly single Fassbender will be back in Dublin early next month to continue shooting, and is expected to attend the annual IFTAs on February 9.