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Kylie Minogue, Boyfriend Split

May 3, 2002 GMT

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LONDON (AP) _ Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue has split up with her boyfriend, model James Gooding, after a two-and-a-half year relationship.

Minogue, who recently cracked the U.S. Billboard Top 10 with her single ``Can’t Get You Out of My Head″ and debuted at No. 3 with her album ``Fever,″ blamed the pair’s hectic work schedules.

Minogue is on a nationwide tour in Britain and while she’s been away from her London home the tabloids have been running reports that Gooding has been spotted with other women out on the town.


But a statement issued Thursday on Minogue’s behalf denied any other reason for the split and said the pair would remain friends.

``They still love each other, and it is an entirely amicable split. Contrary to media reports, there is and never has been any truth to marriage, pregnancy or infidelity stories. Therefore, they play no part in this decision,″ it said.

The 33-year-old singer said she would not have made it through the past two years without the love and support offered by Gooding.

``This has been a very difficult and emotional decision to make, but we feel that it is appropriate at this time,″ she said.

Gooding, an international model based in England, said Minogue had been a wonderful influence.

``She will always be special to me, but we both need time for ourselves right now,″ he said in a separate statement.