Brazilian actress and model Bruna Marquezine has confirmed that she and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar have ended their relationship.
Marquezine made the comments at a Gala event in her native Brazil on Thursday and would not go into detail about the breakup.
The 23-year-old says the termination of the relationship was a decision taken by Neymar and that there is still “a lot of love” between the two.
“It was a decision that came from him, but there is a lot of respect, a lot of love, for him and for everything that we have lived for,” she said in an interview. “You know I do not usually talk about my personal life. I’ll talk about it because I have to talk, but it will only be once.”
Reports had claimed that the famous pair were at odds over politics in their native country, where the country is in the midst of a heavily polarised presidential election.
But Marquezine was quick to clear up that point so as not to stoke anger in what she called a “very critical moment” for her country.
“I want it to be clear that it would not be for that,” she said. “It was a decision of him, but there is a lot of love and respect, it’s all right.”
The pair had been spotted together earlier in the month at Disneyland and have been dating off and on since 2012.
Neymar and PSG have a busy schedule in the coming days.
They will kick things off with a Ligue 1 clash against Amiens on Saturday before taking on Napoli in the Champions League in midweek.
The Ligue 1 leaders will return to league action on Sunday 28 to take on third-placed Marseille.