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Beauty Delta split up with Brian weeks ago

BRIAN McFadden split with Delta Goodrem several weeks ago, the Herald can reveal.

Despite only confirming that their relationship had run its course on April Fool's Day, a close pal said that they went their separate ways last month.

Singer Delta (26) was said to have called time on their romance after telling pals she was "fed up" with having to constantly defend the singer from negative publicity.

News about the split comes after months of speculation that all was not well between the couple -- McFadden (30) himself described them as "chalk and cheese."

And even her mum Lea had advised the gorgeous crooner to dump the former Westlife star, saying that he was "holding her back".

"Things have been extremely rocky between them for a while now. This is by no means a sudden thing," said a pal.

"Delta and him are very different people and as they got older, those differences began to be magnified even more. She's a real home-bird and loves staying in with close friends and family while he's a real extrovert. He likes going out and meeting new people and having the craic.

"There were also so many episodes over recent months where Delta had to defend Brian from so much criticism and bad press. Eventually that starts to take its toll on a relationship and they decided it would be better to separate before things got acrimonious."

Just last week, Delta was photographed looking unrecognisable while stepping out for lunch near her LA home as the break-up of the relationship began to take its toll.

In a far cry from her usual glamorous style, she was sporting messy hair, tracksuit bottoms and a baggy top. She had dark circles under her eyes.

"This was the guy she expected to marry and spend the rest of her life with. She is devastated that things have run their course but knows she needs to move on," the source added.

In a statement from their publicist, they said that the decision was made "with a lot of soul searching from both parties [and] with the realisation that they have grown apart".

On Twitter, McFadden later wrote: "I love Delta and always will. She is one of god's living angels. I thank her for giving me the best years of my life. Please give us time.''

Last month, McFadden's single Just The Way You Are (Drunk at the Bar) was criticised for implying date rape.

He also hit headlines around the world after being questioned by authorities after a flight from LA to Sydney. They asked him if he had been smoking during the flight, a claim which he adamantly denied.

The singer has two children with his ex-wife Kerry Katona, named Molly (9) and Lily Sue (8).