Luke Evans has confirmed he has split from art director boyfriend Rafael Olarra.
The Beauty and the Beast actor, 41, was rumoured to have split from Rafael last October after they unfollowed one another on Instagram but days later appeared to patch things up as they refollowed each other.
But speaking to The Times’ Saturday Review, Luke has confirmed he is single, saying: ‘It is what it is.’
Breakup: Luke Evans has confirmed he has split from art director boyfriend Rafael Olarra after 18-months together (pictured in January 2020)
The couple started dating in summer 2019 and made their relationship official on social media the following February.
Back in October the couple were thought to have split, when they unfollowed one another on Instagram, with actor Luke deleting pictures from his account.
Just Jared reported days later though that Luke and Rafael were refollowing one another, suggesting they had patched things up
And at the time Luke posted a new photo of the pair on horseback, writing: ‘Good times’. The photo along with others featuring Rafael has now been deleted.
On/off: The actor, 41, was rumoured to have split from Rafael last October after they unfollowed one another on Instagram but days later appeared to patch things up
Rafael also shared a photo of his bedside table, which had a photo of the two of them sitting on it, writing: ‘So far and so close.’
It was around this time of the rumoured split that Rafeal left Australia, where he and Luke had been based while the actor filmed Nine Perfect Strangers.
Rafa is Miami based and is the art director at Faena – a chain of luxury hotels with locations in Miami Beach & Buenos Aires. He is also an Argentinian native and studied in Madrid before relocating to America.
According to Just Jared, the pair spent the first few months of the coronavirus lockdown together in Florida.
Thinking of him: It was around this time of the rumoured split that Rafeal left Australia, where he and Luke had been based while the actor filmed Nine Perfect Strangers
They then travelled to England and Spain over the summer before spending time in Australia where Luke is filming the upcoming limited series Nine Perfect Strangers.
Luke and Rafa only made one red carpet appearance together during their romance when they attended the European premiere of Frozen 2 in November 2019.
While he is now single, the Luke has been thinking about fatherhood and admitted he wants to have kids before he’s ‘old’.
He said: ‘I thought about it many times and as I get older I’m thinking maybe I should get on and do it. I don’t want to be an old dad . . . but I would like to be a dad.
‘There’s a lot of satisfaction to passing on your experiences and rearing a strong, open-minded, kind, respectful human being who can go out in the world and do something good.’
Split: Speaking to The Times’ Saturday Review, Luke has confirmed he is single, saying: ‘It is what it is,’ adding that he wants children in the near future
Luke has been busy shooting ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ in Australia, in which he plays divorce lawyer Lars, and admitted it was ‘nice’ to portray a gay character on screen for the first time.
He said: ‘It was a lovely character to delve into and to calibrate and deliver this complex person. But, yes, it was nice to play a gay character after all these years of doing roles on stage and screen.’
Luke previously dated fellow actor Victor Turpin, but they split over a year ago.
In 2002, Luke insisted to The Advocate that he never ‘tries to hide’ his sexuality, just prefers to keep his private life private.
‘In my life in London I never tried to hide. It’s not a big issue, and it’s never going to be a big issue for me,’ he said.
In 2014, he told Women’s Wear Daily: ‘It’s good for people to look at me and think this guy is doing his thing and enjoying what he’s doing and successful at it and living his life. And that’s what I’m doing and I’m very happy.’
Loved up: The couple started dating in summer 2019 and made their relationship official on social media the following February