Michael Sheen has told how Brexit sparked the end of his relationship with comedian Sarah Silverman.
The couple were together for about four years, living in Los Angeles.
Frost/Nixon star Sheen, 49, told The Daily Telegraph: “After the Brexit vote, and the election where Trump became president, we both felt in different ways we wanted to get more involved.
“That led to her doing her show I Love You America and it led to me wanting to address the issues that I thought led some people to vote the way they did about Brexit”.
The great @michaelsheen & I consciously uncoupled over Christmas. I mean, not âover Christmasâ - like that wasnât the fight that ended it. No fight. We just live in different countries & it got hard. Felt we should just tell yâall so u stop askin, âHowâs Michael/Howâs Sarah?â— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 5, 2018
He added: “I felt a responsibility to do something, but it (meant) coming back (to Britain) – which was difficult for us, because we were very important to each other. But we both acknowledge that each of us had to do what we needed to do.”
US star Silverman previously announced the end of their relationship, joking that they had “consciously uncoupled”.
She borrowed the phrase Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin famously used to describe their split, as she told fans on Twitter about the break-up.
“The great Michael Sheen and I consciously uncoupled over Christmas,” she wrote.
“I mean, not ‘over Christmas’ – like that wasn’t the fight that ended it. No fight.
“We just live in different countries and it got hard.
“Felt we should just tell y’all so u stop askin, ‘How’s Michael/How’s Sarah?’”
Sheen was previously in a relationship with actress Kate Beckinsale and the ex-couple have a daughter, Lily.