Former BUSTED singer James Bourne is suffering double heartache - just 24 hours after the boyband split, he's been ditched by his girlfriend of 18 months.

Actress Kara Tointon reportedly dumped the star over the phone on Saturday (14JAN05) because he is no longer in the band, and therefore no longer able to offer her the limelight she craves.

Busted announced their split at a press conference on Friday (13JAN05) - they are going their separate ways so bandmember Charlie Simpson can concentrate on his other group Fightstar.

A source says, "Splitting with Kara is a bitter body blow after all the hell of the last few weeks.

"He thought she would be there for him when things came to an end but it seems she had other ideas. She has blatantly used him to get in the limelight."

17/01/2005 09:34