Skins Jack O’Connell’s romance with Tulisa — her ‘rock’ and reason for split

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    Skin star Jack O'Connell has turned into a Hollywood heartthrob and captured the hearts of many.

    With his signature accent, handsome good looks and impeccable talent, it’s fair to say Jack O'Connell is one of the UK’s biggest actors.

    The Derby-born star shot to fame in 2009 thanks to his role on the racy smash hit show Skins – and since then, he’s not stopped since.

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    For three years, Jack played bad boy James Cook on the E4 series – winning over an army of fans along the way.

    But away from the cameras, the actor has had a string of rumoured romances with a slew of fellow showbiz stars.

    And one of those includes N-Dubz babe and music superstar Tulisa Contostavlos.

    So as Jack turns 33 on Wednesday (August 2) Daily Star is taking a look inside his relationship with Tulisa.

    When did Jack and Tulisa date?

    It is believed Tulisa and Jack first struck up a relationship back in March 2012 – following the end of her 18-month romance with N-Dubz bandmate, Fazer – real name Richard Rawson.

    At the time, the Camden-born star was a judge on The X-Factor and was also recording her debut album, while Jack had just finished wrapping up filming for a flick.

    The former couple reportedly had their first date at Aura nightclub in London's Mayfair and also apparently partied together over the weekend in Jack's hometown of Derby.

    A source told The Sun at the time: “Tulisa likes him because he is — to use her words — a 'bit of rough'.”

    Jack was Tulisa’s rock

    Tulisa’s world was rocked in 2012 when an intimate video of her and ex-boyfriend Justin Edwards appeared on the internet which was later blocked by an injunction.

    Addressing the sex tape, she said: "This is someone that I loved, that I trusted, that meant the world to me, that I feel deeply betrayed by. I am sure that everyone at home has had intimate moments with someone they cared about.

    "And never expected at any point that they would go and share it with the rest of the world," before adding that its resurfacing was "unexpected".

    Tulisa also revealed she sought comfort from Jack during the horrific situation.

    “As soon as I saw him, everything started to feel better, easier. For the next three weeks, he never left my side. And as time went on I started to feel stronger," she recalled in her book Honest: My Story So Far.

    Splitting up

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    In June, and after just three months together, Tulisa and Jack were said to have called it quits on their short but sweet relationship.

    Apparently, they ended things when T visited Jack in Bulgaria – where he was shooting a new movie.

    And the reason for their split was apparently down to their hectic work schedules and the fact he was going to be in Eastern Europe until the winter.

    A source told the Mirror: “Jack is filming the new 300 sequel in Eastern Europe and will be there until November. He isn’t able to travel to the UK at all, as filming schedules are so tight.”

    The insider went on: “A long-distance relationship just wasn't working so the pair sat down together over dinner and talked it through like adults. It was a fairly mutual decision and although she's really sad to split from Jack, she knows it is for the best."

    Addressing the break-up on Twitter, the Young hitmaker wrote: "4 the record I didn't dump any1, it was a mutual decision with no hard feelings n that's all there is 2 it."

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