Matt LeBlanc and Northern Irish girlfriend Aurora Milligan split

Former Friends star Matt LeBlanc has split from Fermanagh partner Aurora Milligan after six years together.

The actor was first linked to the 37-year-old Enniskillen-born Top Gear producer in May 2016.

They were said to be ‘smitten’ with each other as they attended the Hickstead Derby in West Sussex in June that year.

Matt (54), who played actor Joey Tribbiani on the hit sitcom Friends, worked alongside Aurora on BBC 2’s Top Gear after he was recruited to revive the show, only to leave three years later .

The Daily Mail reported that the relationship ended in 2020 but has only now been publicly announced after Matt was spotted shot dead in Sherman Oaks, California over the weekend.

A spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘They haven’t been together for over a year’, while a separate source told The Sun the relationship had ‘run its course’.

“Matt and Aurora’s relationship has run its course. It’s all over. It’s such a shame and Matt took the news particularly hard, as anyone would,” they said.

“He and Aurora fell in love on Top Gear and although there was quite a big age gap they were a really good match. But when he announced he was leaving Top Gear and taking on another job was tough on them, he’s mainly based in LA and traveled a lot while Aurora was working in the UK.

Born in Co Fermanagh, Aurora studied politics, political science and government at the University of Liverpool before launching a successful career in television production.

She spent time at ITV and Channel 5 before finally moving to the BBC in July 2015 as an assistant producer on Top Gear, shortly after the departure of former host Jeremy Clarkson.

Aurora is believed to have met Matt in early 2016, shortly before he was announced as one of the show’s new producers in February of that year.

Matt called her “honey” on social media while Aurora joked that he was an “old man”.

Father-of-one Matt was married for three years to British model Melissa McKnight, with whom he has a daughter, Marina.

Just a few days ago, he looked dejected in a body shop in Sherman Oaks, a Los Angeles neighborhood.