ACTRESS Vivienne Connolly and her TV producer partner John Norton have decided to go their separate ways.
The couple split several months ago but have been keeping it under wraps.
"John and Vivienne are not together anymore," a friend close to the couple said.
"They separated several months ago. There is no bad blood between them and they still remain friends."
The two first met at the VIP Awards in March 2011 – John wanted Vivienne to appear on reality TV3's reality show Dublin Wives. The slim model declined to appear on the show but after several Facebook and Twitter exchanges, she accepted John's invitation for a dinner date.
But Vivienne was never a fan of the media buzz surrounding their relationship.
Last year, the mum-of-two admitted she was mortified when paparazzi-style shots of her and John emerged in the papers.
"Vivienne hates the fact things like this get into the paper, especially when there are kids involved. She was really embarrassed when pictures of her and John together first got out," the source continued.
"At the end of the day, kids are involved and she doesn't want them caught up in this. She wants to protect them," the source added.
Vivienne has two children, Ben (9) and Katie (6) from her marriage to Supermarket heir Mark Dunne.
The two split in 2009 and Vivienne has described her marriage breakdown as "the worst thing that has ever happened to me".
When asked about the split, 41-year-old Vivienne said; "I don't want to comment – John is a lovely guy."
The blonde actress has never looked better and is throwing herself into work and working out. "I am keeping a healthy mind," she said.
"But it's bloody hard work. I just have to work out and exercise and eat right. I don't eat bread, I've started weight training and I gave up smoking – again!" she laughs.
Vivienne, who played Ingrid in Fair City, says she has been working on a variety of acting projects over the past few months. She most recently teamed up with mimic Mario Rosenstock.
"I did an Aviva ad with Mario and it was great craic – he is just so full of energy. He can turn everything into a joke and the one-liners were flying."
Vivienne was speaking at the launch of PINERGY, Ireland's newest Pay As You Go electricity company.