Ginger Wizard blames his overnight fame for break-up

Olympic winner Greg Rutherford has split from his girlfriend after eight years together.

Greg, 26, paid tribute to his ‘beautiful girlfriend Liz’ for supporting him when he won gold in the long jump for London 2012. 

But he says his sudden fame put a strain on things.

‘With the stress of travelling and competing, we started to grow apart,’ Greg tells the Mirror.

‘It’s a shame as she has always been so supportive of me, and sacrificed everything for me, but we drifted towards being friends more than anything else.’

Since winning gold, Greg has appeared on The Xtra Factor, Alan Carr‘s Chatty Man and Hotel GB, as well as hanging out with One Direction in the VIP area at the V Festival.