Tuesday 16 January 2018

We didn't even know they were dating! Tyra Banks 'splits with boyfriend of five years'

Model Tyra Banks (L) and photographer Erik Asla attends the August Getty Atelier Dinner at the Montage Hotel Rooftop Grill on November 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for August Getty Atelier)
Model Tyra Banks (L) and photographer Erik Asla attends the August Getty Atelier Dinner at the Montage Hotel Rooftop Grill on November 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for August Getty Atelier)
Tyra Banks as judge on America's Next Top Model.
TV personality Tyra Banks attends Disney ABC Television Group's 2015 TCA Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 4, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Tyra Banks attends the Premiere Of NBC's "America's Got Talent" Season 12 at Dolby Theatre on August 15, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Seal and Tyra Banks in 1996. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Host Tyra Banks attends The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for NATAS)
Host Tyra Banks attends The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for NATAS)
US model Tyra Banks wears a sheer organza cape over a satin bra and bikini during the Victoria's Secret Spring Fashion show
Model Tyra Banks wears a white Angel bra and matching panties with white Angel wings during the Victoria's Secret Spring 1998 Fashion show

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Every now and then a celebrity split comes along that completely floors you.

Not because you're mourning your imagined friendship with them, but one that makes you say, "Who knew they were even dating?"

Tyra Banks attends the Premiere Of NBC's
Tyra Banks attends the Premiere Of NBC's "America's Got Talent" Season 12 at Dolby Theatre on August 15, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

It's been reported this morning that supermodel and ANTM legend Tyra Banks has split with her boyfriend of five years. FIVE YEARS.

The couple have a child together, which they welcomed via surrogate, in January 2016 and at the time, Asla, a Norwegian photographer, was subject to a number of '5 things to know about...' articles; but that's about it. For such a remarkably public figure, who is super active on social media and hosting one of the top entertainment shows in the US, Banks has only been pictured a handful of times with her long-term boyfriend.

"It came drama-free and they’re co-parenting their young son," a source told the New York Post's Page Six.

The couple shared a luxurious New York City apartment, which is now on the market for more than €15m. They first met in 2012 on the set of the Norwegian version of Top Model. In December 2015, she gave a tidbit about their relationship to Entertainment Tonight.

"We balance each other. He's creative. I'm creative. We just have fun! He's my best friend," she said. Banks is famous for keeping her relationships under wraps - she previously dated Seal for several months in 1996.

Seal and Tyra Banks in 1996. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Seal and Tyra Banks in 1996. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

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