"Jeff has had so much to contend with and has become more and more responsible for the boys," the Daily Star quoted a close friend as saying. "It was difficult to make the relationship work with it all going on," the friend added.
The split comes on top of the death of Jeff's grandad, Jack Smith, 81, who killed himself last month.
London (ANI): Late Brit celebrity Jade Goody's sons are said to be facing a new heartache, as their father Jeff Brazier, 29, splits from his long-term girlfriend Amy Purcell. The boys-Bobby, 5, and Freddy, 4-had gradually got to know Purcell, 27, who had moved into Brazier's home in Harlow, Essex, and had become a tower of strength to the TV presenter for three years.