Nicola Benedetti split up with her boyfriend because they argued all the time
The internationally acclaimed virtuoso broke the news to fans in an excruciatingly awkward live online TV broadcast while sitting next to her now former partner.
Ayrshire-born Ms Benedetti, 29, explained that their relationship came under strain and broke down completely after a series of “tempestuous arguments” and the couple no longer live together in their London home.
Ex Leonard Elschenbroich, 33, a German, has moved to Berlin, although the former lovers are still touring together.
Ms Benedetti broke the news during an awkward online interview
Sometimes Alexei had a tough time because we would argue
The news of their split came when a fan asked them an uncomfortable question during a live Q&A broadcast for a leading classical music channel in New York. During the programme, Ms Benedetti was asked: “What is it like playing and touring together when you are in a relationship?”
Looking nonplussed, she replied: “Erm, well, we are no longer in a relationship, but as you can see very good friends, and very close still and we do a lot of concerts together.”
The interview was aired on the online Violin Channel. Ms Benedetti said their arguments spilled into practice sessions with Ukrainian pianist Alexei Grynyuk.
The violin star said the pair were very polite to eachother now
She said: “Sometimes Alexei had a tough time because we would argue very openly – as anybody in a relationship does – and Alexei would be sitting with his head nearly inside the piano, just like, ‘Let me out of this room, please’.”
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She added: “Now we are very polite to each other.’”