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Wednesday, 28 June, 2000, 02:18 GMT 03:18 UK
Hurley breaks split silence
Liz Hurley and Hugh Grant
Hurley says both she and Grant were unhappy
Liz Hurley has revealed she was the one who made the first move in ending her 13-year relationship to Notting Hill heart-throb Hugh Grant.

Speaking for the first time since the split in May, Hurley, 35, said that making the break from Grant was a very hard decision to make.

She likened the loss to "amputating my left arm". However, the rupture was, she added, one both she and Grant had known was necessary for some time.

We realised that there had to be something lacking, because after 13 years together we still didn't really want to get married and start a family

Liz Hurley

She also said that she doubted they would get back together.

The actress and model broke her silence in an interview with August's Talk magazine. Neither she nor Grant, 40, have wanted to speak publicly about their split.

Instead, last month's announcement was made through a spokeswoman for the couple's production company, Simian Films.

At the time the break-up was said to be a "temporary thing" and that no third parties were involved.

However, Hurley has now admitted that the break is more than likely to be permanent, adding that she dreams of being "swept off my feet" by another man.


The relationship between Grant and Hurley began when they were both virtual unknowns.

It went on to endure the constant glare of media attention, once both became international celebrities.

It even survived the scandal of Grant's arrest in Los Angeles in 1995, after he was caught in a parked car committing a sexual act with prostitute Divine Brown.

Hurley insisted in the Talk interview that she and Grant had loved each other "passionately". But she added that they had both come to know that something was not quite right with their relationship.

"I think we've both been unhappy for some time. Our separation is us trying to discover if what we've had is indeed as good as it gets," she said.

"Ultimately we realised that there had to be something lacking, because after 13 years together we still didn't really want to get married and start a family."

Hurley said she initiated the split, but the final decision was made together.

Of the future, she said: "I'd love to be swept off my feet and to gallop wildly into the sunset."

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