Pop singer Samantha Mumba has split with her longterm boyfriend - because her career is dominating her life.

The I'M RIGHT HERE star had been dating DIY salesman MARK HENDERSON for five years before they parted ways three weeks ago.

Samantha - who is in Los Angeles auditioning for film roles alongside finishing her second album - broke the news to Mark upon learning she'll be spending the next five months in Hollywood.

Mark, 25, says, "We are still friends and everything is fine now between us. There are no hard feelings."

An insider says, "She still loves him - but Sam realises she is only 20-years-old.

"I think she decided that she wanted to live a little and concentrate on her career."

30/11/2003 13:58