Donna Air confirmed that she and James Middleton, brother of Pippa and Kate Middleton, have separated after dating for five years. The two realized an instant connection when they met back in 2013,  an exclusive private members' club No 5 Hertford Street in Mayfair, London. 

The two were together for five years (Twitter)

Donna confirmed the news to Daily Mail on Sunday (February 18) and said, "James and I are no longer an item. We parted ways in December but remain the very best of friends and always will be." The news comes after James was seen in the Dancing On Ice audience last month, supporting  Donna as she made her debut on the ITV skating. 

Later in an interview with Hello!, the mum-of-one confessed that she was extremely happy to see the support she was given by James at that time. "It's been lovely to have the support of everyone. It's quite funny because you think, 'Oh I don't want anyone there - it's distracting. I just want to skate and get it done.' But having people there - my closest - on the first skate was really helpful," she said. 

Just days after announcing their separation, Donna was seen with a new man (Twitter)

In fact, in November, James even hinted that a possible marriage proposal might be in the cards.

"I love Donna very much. Marriage is absolutely not something I'm scared of, but it isn't necessarily the be-all and end-all," he said. "She makes me very happy. I think I make her very happy. I want children. I've said that before. I will have children, but you'll have to wait."

As of Donna, it seems like she has already moved on as Monday (February 19), she stepped out hand in hand with her new beau, Ben Carrington. Donna was all smiles and giggles as she headed on a lunch date with the 34-year-old property investor. Looks like it did not take her long enough to find someone after ending the five-year relationship. 

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