Rachel and Hay­den hitch a ride to Splitsville

Af­ter 10 years, Hay­den’s no longer the (Jedi) knight in shin­ing ar­mour for The O.C. babe

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They say bad things come in threes, and fol­low­ing the re­cent break-ups of Anna Faris and Chris Pratt, then Fergie and Josh Duhamel, comes the news Rachel Bil­son and Hay­den Chris­tensen have split af­ter 10 years to­gether. Sob!

A source re­vealed last week that the cou­ple – who haven’t been spot­ted to­gether since June – have been “on the outs” for months and are now “com­pletely, of­fi­cially done”.

Rach is said to be liv­ing in LA full-time with their daugh­ter Briar Rose, two, and Cana­dian na­tive Hay­den is in Toronto.

And while re­ports have sug­gested that dis­tance played a part in their split, we’re told the re­la­tion­ship sim­ply ran its course.

“I think they just grew bored of one an­other and the pas­sion just fiz­zled out,” spills a pal of the pair, who got en­gaged in 2008 but called the wed­ding off in 2010 amid ru­mours Hay­den had strayed with a PA on the set of Van­ish­ing On 7th Street the pre­vi­ous year.

The cou­ple later rec­on­ciled, but “some of their pals se­cretly al­ways felt that an­other split could be on the cards”, says the in­sider. “To be hon­est, they’re sur­prised they held on for as long as they did.”

But things be­tween Rach and the Star Wars hot­tie were once ab fab, with the for­mer O.C. star­let paint­ing a pic­ture of do­mes­tic bliss back in 2013.

“I’m a re­ally good girl­friend – I al­ways put all that first in my life,” she told US Cos­mopoli­tan. “I love to cook, so we make din­ner at home a lot and watch movies.”

Just last month, in an in­ter­view with fash­ion quar­terly La­palme Magazine, Rach hinted that all was well at home, but failed to make any men­tion of Hay­den.

“I may have an­other child, that’s still up in the air. I’m hav­ing so much fun with the one right now. I want to be happy and con­tent,” she said.

Mean­while, back in 2013, fol­low­ing their re­union af­ter their first split, Rachel, 36, re­vealed she and Hay­den – who met in 2006 on the set of sci-fi flick Jumper – had their fair share of is­sues, namely com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

“I’m ter­ri­ble at it. It’s caused a lot of prob­lems lately,” she ad­mit­ted. “It’s re­ally im­por­tant to com­mu­ni­cate from the be­gin­ning – set it up for the re­la­tion­ship to suc­ceed.”

And al­though theirs has since failed, Rachel is de­ter­mined to stay on good terms with Hay­den, also 36, for the sake of their daugh­ter.

“All the life BS that hap­pens doesn’t mat­ter,” says Rach. “You want to be happy, you want your kid to be happy and you want ev­ery­one in your life to be healthy and happy.”

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‘She hopes that they can still be a fam­ily and con­tinue to do things to­gether,’ a source says of Rach PER­SON­AL­ITY CLASH Sources say that in the end, Rach and Hay­den were just too dif­fer­ent to make it work. “Rachel is very so­cial and likes to hang out with friends. Hay­den is reclu­sive and off the grid,” re­ports E! News, adding that she “tried to make it work for years but just got tired of this be­ing her life”. Rach, Briar and Hay­den are one of Hol­ly­wood’s most pri­vate fam­i­lies

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