Pop star Sophie Ellis Bextor is so devastated by her split from longterm love ANDY BOYD, she feels like she's aged ten years.

The MURDER ON THE DANCEFLOOR singer broke up with her manager boyfriend of six years in August (03) and although the pair continue to work together, Bextor is sad they couldn't repair their relationship.

She says, "There have been times this year that have proved to be the hardest of my life and it's been really frightening. My life has been like one of those snow storms you can shake up, but eventually they settle and the landscape is clear.

"Andy and I were together for six-and-a-half years. We split up two months ago. We had lots of chats over the course of the summer. There were no arguments. It was very, very peaceful. We're still working together and we speak every other day. But we tried really hard to keep that side of things private.

"He was very supportive of my career, but it just didn't work out. I feel as though I've aged about 10 years this year. It's a cliche but when you're younger everything seems so black and white. Now I realise there are so many grey areas."

02/10/2003 17:13