Leona Lewis calls it quits with boyfriend

Updated: Jun 21, 2010, 09:58 AM IST

London: Leona Lewis and her long-term boyfriend Lou Al-Chamaa have decided to call it quits since the pop star`s hectic work schedule leaves them with little time to see each other.

The `Bleeding Love` singer and Lou, who met when they were just 10, decided to end their decade-long relationship after Lewis` became too busy for them to be able to spend any quality time together, reported Mirror online.

"Things have been under pressure for ages between them and they`ve finally realised that things are not going to be able to progress," said a friend of the singer.

The final blow is believed to have come on Wednesday when Lou didn`t turn up to see Lewis perform at London`s O2 Arena, despite living just down the road in Hackney.

"Not showing up on Wednesday was the final straw. She`ll always treasure her time with Lou but she knows it`s a relationship that`s seen better times," the friend said.

The X-Factor winner spends a lot of time in the US and her recent tour preparations also came in the way of her relationship.

"Leona`s schedule means she`s in the States a lot when Lou`s in London and then when he goes out she`s over here. Then there`s the fact she`s been totally immersed in preparing for her tour. They`ve barely spend any time together whatsoever," the friend added.