"Mr. Combs confirmed that he and his love Jennifer Lopez have in fact broken up," his publicist Nathalie Moar said Wednesday.
A breakup has been rumored for weeks. The performers have spent considerable time apart because she's promoting an album and he's been on trial in New York on weapons and bribery charges stemming from a 1999 nightclub shooting.
"Mr. Combs is confirming this today as he wanted to put all the rumors surrounding their relationship to rest. At this difficult time we ask that you respect his privacy," Moar said.
Lopez spokesman Alan Nierob said he couldn't reach the singer, who was in Australia promoting her album J.Lo. Combs produced four tracks on the album.
Combs and Lopez got together recently in a failed effort to work things out.
"The breakup happened the last couple of days. They will continue to be friends and he supports her, but the relationship is over," the source said.
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