Matt Smith and Lily James ‘split for good’ as couple couldn’t ‘get past differences’

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Matt Smith and Lily James have reportedly broken up after an on-and-off relationship.

The Doctor Who actor, 37, whose show The Crown's third season was watched by over 21million people, and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! actress, 31, are said to have gone their separate ways after failing to get past certain differences.

The pair are believed to have first gotten together back in 2014 but ended things in 2019 before attempting to rekindle their romance in spring this year.

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An insider said: "Lily and Matt were a picture-perfect couple for years but there are just some differences they haven’t been able to get past.

“They have gone back and forth this year trying to sort things out between them because they both have so much love for each other.

"But unfortunately it just isn’t working and they have mutually decided to just close this chapter of their lives."

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“They adore each other and want to stay friends but as far as their romance goes, she has told ­everyone it’s over for good," the source continued to tell The Sun Online.

Now that the high-profile couple have called it quits "for good", Lily allegedly wants to date outside of the celebrity circle, away from the spotlight.

The insider added: “Now Lily just wants to find a normal guy who’s not in the spotlight because she found it quite tough being with another celebrity.”


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Lily and Matt met on the set of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies back in 2014 and became part of the same friendship group before eventually dating.

The pair kept their romance out of the media, with Lily once having told the Daily Mirror: "Me and Matt are not together.

"He’s just my friend and we hang out a lot. We have the same circle of friends. We get on really well as we have a lot in common with acting."

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Despite this, the pair were reported to have moved in together in London and attended a handful of red carpet events – but never once spoke out about her relationship to The Crown star, who previously dated Daisy Lowe.

Speaking in 2015, she said: "In regards to your love life, you’re just entering into a whole [world] of pain if you talk about it.

"If you’ve never said ­anything, there are no soundbites to haunt you when you’re crying into a box of Kleenex after it all goes wrong."

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