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Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Kylie Minogue and Olivier Martinez have split amid rumours he had been unfaithful. Olivier, who has been linked to a series of other women throughout the couple's four-year relationship, was seen embracing actress Penelope Cruz just hours after the split was announced. Olivier, 41, hugged and kissed Penelope, 32, at Los Angeles' Chateau Marmont Hotel on Saturday - the same hotel where he fell in love with Kylie. A close friend of Kylie's revealed to Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "Kylie is a very sensitive woman who loved him with all her heart but he looks like he doesn't have a care in the world. He clearly isn't worried about her feelings. He approached Penelope seconds after she had sat down to have lunch with her friends."
Kylie, 38, suspected the romance was over when Olivier failed to join her in Australia for the start of her 'Showgirl Homecoming' tour last November - instead choosing to play a polo match in India. A friend added: "She said at the time, 'I know its over but I can't think about it until my tour has ended.' "That was the moment of truth for her. It wasn't the rumours of other women although that hurt her deeply. It was the realisation that Olivier just wasnt committed to their relationship. He wasn't prepared to join her for the most important concert of her life."
Kylie - who battled breast cancer in 2005 - and Olivier's relationship was constantly tested by rumours of infidelity. Rumours that he had romanced Israeli model Sarai Givati allegedly proved to be the final straw and the couple split just weeks after Olivier and Sarai, 24, were seen at a Hollywood hotel together. Oliver and Sarai also are said to have enjoyed a Parisian break in November. However, Sarai's mother has denied the pair romanced. Last summer, Olivier was seen canoodling with 'Lost' star Michelle Rodriguez and is said to have met up with her again last week. In 2005, he was spotted dining with actress Salma Hayek and George Clooney's ex french model Celine Balitran.
In 2003 - just five months after he began dating Kylie - rumours surfaced over his close relationship with his 'Taking Lives' co-star Angelina Jolie. Olivier's representatives announced the split on Friday saying: "Olivier Martinez and Kylie Minogue have officially confirmed they are no longer a couple. "They have made it clear that the decision to go their separate ways was mutual and amicable. The two remain very close friends." Olivier - who Kylie once described as the "love of her life" - is said to have told the dimunitive singer their relationship was over during a phonecall earlier that evening.
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