Alexandra Burke 'on break' from boyfriend

Alexandra Burke 'on break' from boyfriend
Alexandra Burke 'on break' from boyfriend (Image credit: PA Archive/PA Photos)

Alexandra Burke has split from her boyfriend because of the pressure of having a "long-distance" relationship. The singer, 22, who is on her first UK tour, is thought to have started dating actor and childhood friend Nicholas Sagar over a year ago. But she told The Sun: "At the moment we're kind of on a break because he lives in LA and it's long distance. We're both so busy - I'm on tour and I'm trying to build a new life right now." The busy Bad Boys and Hallelujah singer added: "I'm trying to work a band and to be on tour and to perform nearly every night. It's hard but I've got a great team, my family are on the road with me and that's all I can think about right now." When the couple first got together, a source was quoted as saying: "Alex and Nick are very much a couple. He is her first proper boyfriend since winning The X Factor. She has had a thing for Nick for years." The former X Factor winner recently hinted that she will be collaborating with someone "huge" on her next album, which is expected to be released this year. She said: "I can't say too much because my management will kill me if I let loose. But I have a special duet planned. I have the ideas, the collaborations in my mind - it's all locked up in my head."

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Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.