End of the road for Lewis and his pussycat Nicole

F1 driver and pop star Scherzinger break up under X Factor pressure

LAST UPDATED AT 17:24 ON Fri 21 Oct 2011

CELEBRITY watchers have gone into mourning after one of the most glamorous couples on the circuit, racing driver Lewis Hamilton and pop singer Nicole Scherzinger, split up after four years.
 
Apparently the couple, who live and work on different continents, were having trouble making the relationship work.
 
Switzerland-based Hamilton spends much of his time on the road with the McLaren Formula One team, competing almost everywhere but in the US, while Scherzinger, who lives in Hollywood, is a judge on the American version of The X Factor.
 
Almost inevitably, /X Factor/ impresario Simon Cowell plays a key role the story. “Nicole was under enormous pressure to succeed and was desperate to please Simon,” a friend of the couple told the Daily Mirror. “Lewis found their intense working relationship hard to contend with.”
 
The news caps a dreadful year for Hamilton, who has spent much of the time playing second fiddle to his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button and his equally glamorous girlfriend, the model Jessica Michbata. · 

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