Sonny Bill Williams and Jaime Ridge split

05:32, Mar 16 2012
Jaime Ridge at the Sonny Bill Williams fight
Sonny Bill Williams relaxes with Jaime and Sally Ridge after the fight.
Jaime Ridge at the Sonny Bill Williams fight
Sally and Jaime Ridge appreciate the entertainment at the Sonny Bill Williams fight night.
Jaime Ridge at the Sonny Bill Williams fight
Anxious looks from Sally Ridge and daughter Jaime.
Jaime Ridge at the Sonny Bill Williams fight
Sally Ridge (L) and daughter Jaime pose for photographers before the Sonny Bill Williams heavyweight title fight.
Jaime Ridge at the Sonny Bill Williams fight
Smiles from Sally and Jaime Ridge after Sonny Bill Williams won his heavyweight title fight against Clarence Tillman.
Jaime Ridge at the Sonny Bill Williams fight
For the winner, a kiss. Jaime Ridge shows her affection for victorious boyfriend Sonny Bill Williams.

New Zealand's hottest young couple, sports star Sonny Bill Williams and socialite Jaime Ridge, have reportedly separated.

It is understood the All Black hunk went cold on his teenage girlfriend not long after winning the NZ heavyweight boxing title last month - an occasion photographed as much for the sporting spectacle as for his ringside romance.

Sources say the midfielder made all the plays for his teenage admirer during the early stages of their courtship but that recently the young stars had drifted apart.

Sonny Bill Williams Jaime Ridge
LAST KISS: Sonny Bill Williams and Jaime Ridge pictured at his title fight in February.

The pair's whirlwind romance was as short-lived as one of his fights.

The 18-year-old daughter of former league star turned TV-jock Matthew Ridge and designer Sally Ridge started seeing the Bulldog-turned-All Black Williams in early January. 

The 26-year-old had parted ways with national touch rep Aleisha Berryman, 21, and Ridge had ended her several month fling with emerging hockey player Dwayne Rowsell, also, 21, whose family she'd spent Christmas with.

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Williams and Ridge had been spending time between her Auckland home and Williams' Hamilton pad and had been photographed flirting and having fun in the sun at the rugged, nearby beach town of Raglan the week before his title fight.

Sources initially said they were a ''very well-matched couple'' but the eight-year age gap was never far away from debate.

Ridge will now return to her law and commerce studies at Auckland University, whlie Williams continues playing for the Chiefs in the Super Rugby competition.

The pair could not be contacted for comment.

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