Death Wish director Michael Winner is devastated after breaking up with Italian beauty PAOLA LOMBARD, but he is determined to continue financially supporting the former pop beauty.

Lovelorn Winner was left "distraught" when Lombard stormed out of his life after a row, but despite the heartache she remains a beneficiary of his will.

Breaking up with Winner is a famously good move - the generous movie mogul lavished ex-partner GERALDINE LYNTON-EDWARDS with a $345,000 (GBP200,000) pay-out as well as a monthly sum in perpetuity.

He says of his split with Lombard, "It is true we have split up. She is the most marvellous person but the path of true love seldom runs true - and in my case seldom runs at all.

"I am distraught."