Rob and Susie wind up in Splitsville after location issues

Rob Kearney and Susie Amy at Gordon D'Arcy's wedding earlier this summer.

Rugby star Rob Kearney and girlfriend Susie Amy have split.

The Diary can exclusively reveal that in the week the full-back was voted the hottest man in Ireland, he is back on the market after the end of his three-year relationship with the Footballers' Wives star.

"Location, location, location" is what one source blamed for their break-up.

"Rob is based in Ireland and Susie is in the UK. It's that simple and that wasn't going to change anytime soon," said the insider.

In an interview in 2010 Susie had said: "It's difficult us not living in the same place, but we've made it work, even though it's not ideal. We see each other quite a lot."

One of the most high-profile couples associated with the Irish rugby team, the split has come as a huge shock to their friends.

In July Rob and Susie attended the wedding of Rob's Leinster team-mate Gordon D'Arcy to model Aoife Coogan at St Macartan's Cathedral in Monaghan.

Many thought that Rob and Susie would be hosting the next big rugby wedding as they seemed to be so much in love.

There was talk that they might settle down together in Ireland.

Susie, who played the notorious Chardonnay Lane-Pascoe in Footballers' Wives, had spoken publicly of her love for the Cooley Peninsula in Co Louth after visiting Rob's home in Carlingford.

But it was not to be.

The two have always lived in different countries so it was incredible that they ever got together in the first place.

Cupid's arrow came in the form of a mutual friend, English rugby player Ugo Monye, whom Rob met while playing with the Lions in South Africa in 2009.

Susie revealed in an interview: "Ugo called me from South Africa and said: 'I've got the perfect guy for you, he's from Ireland'. I thought, 'that's a bit far, is there no one more local?'

"Then I was watching a match with friends and when Ugo scored a try, the number 15 hugged him and I was like: 'He's hot, is that the guy?' So we got in touch."

Together since November 2009, they were spotted on each other's arm at the opening of We Will Rock You at the O2 in Dublin in January 2010.

Later that year, they attended the wedding of Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman at Lough Rynn Castle, Co Leitrim.

Now it seems both parties are looking to the future with Susie (31) tweeting last Tuesday night: "Be happy now. Don't 'plan' to be happy in five years when bills are paid and marriages are made. #dontsweat thesmall stuff."

Rob once complained that very few ladies approached him on team nights out.

However, the 26-year-old might find that has changed given he beat Colin Farrell, and even Bressie, to win the accolade of Ireland's hottest man, scooping 30pc of the female vote on website www.her.ie

-- KS

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