Jenson Button splits from model girlfriend

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London, May 28 (ANI): British Formula One driver Jenson Button has split from his lingerie model girlfriend Jessica Michibata as he found maintaining a long-distance relationship too difficult to handle.

Button, 30, who has been dating Michibata, 25, for 18 months, called it quits just after the Monaco Grand Prix, after he found the regular return commutes to visit her in Tokyo too much.

"Jenson had a great time with Jessica and it looked like things were moving in the right direction. But the logistics took their toll," the Sun quoted a source as saying.

"With her living in Tokyo and him all around the world to races it has been very tough. She was constantly flying out to meet him.

"And whenever there was a race in her part of the world he'd fit a visit to Tokyo into his schedule. But it's impossible to maintain that in the long term.

"Just over a week ago Jenson reluctantly decided that his racing must be his main priority.

"He was forced to make the unpleasant decision to split to focus on his racing. There is no one else involved," the source revealed.

With Michibata wanting to remain in Tokyo, it has not been very easy for Button.

"Jenson is single again. He and Jessica have gone their separate ways," his spokesman confirmed on May 27. (ANI)

Story first published: Friday, May 28, 2010, 12:43 [IST]
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