Paula Abdul’s Ex Blames Work for Breakup

After more than a year of dating, Paula Abdul and her restaurateur boyfriend JT Torregiani have split due to their hectic work schedules, his rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“It became too hard to maintain the relationship,” says Torregiani’s rep, who adds: “They remain best of friends.”

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PICTURED: Judge Paula Abdul poses in the press room during the American Idol Season 7 Grand Finale held at the Nokia Theatre on May 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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