Are Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend Over?

Keira Knightley Rupert Friend

The British couple's relationship may be over after Rupert was seen stepping out without Keira.

Word on the street is that yet another celebrity relationship is on rocky ground. This time, though, it's the hot British couple, Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend.

The 25-year-old Atonement star, who met Rupert, 29, when they were working on Pride and Prejudice, has been with the actor for five years, and, while they've seemed to be happy as clams, it looks like there's been hints of trouble lately. According to the Daily Mail, Rupert showed up to a gala production of The Nutcracker in London without Keira recently and brought his mom instead, leaving guests to wonder why Keira wasn't on his arm for such an event.

"We all wondered where Keira was, because it was a magical show," according to guest quoted by the Daily Mail. "But Rupert offered no explanation."

Surprise, surprise. But we'd say that's Red Flag #1.

Red Flag #2: Keira's agent isn't exactly pushing back on the story. Instead, the response to the rumors: "We don't comment on personal matters."

Um, yeah... That may be, but it certainly doesn't seem like things are peachy keen with this pair. And it could very well be that the couple has parted ways quietly and are waiting for the right time to announce it, which is a common celeb move.

We're definitely eager to know what exactly went wrong, and when they'll officially drop the bomb. It is kind of a bummer if the breakup is official though, since they've been a pretty cute couple and with a five year courtship, which, by Hollywood standards, is a long time.

But they're both young. And, if Keira's stream of roles are anything to go by, she has no problem putting on her game face and playing hardball.

In the meantime, though, we're keeping our ears wide open on when they decide to admit this break-up's the real thing. And when they do, we're also hoping they'll tell us why. Inquiring minds, after all, do want to know.

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