Joanne Peh's ex-boyfriend Bobby Tonelli has blamed communication failure for his split with the MediaCorp actress.
In a six-paragraph post on his Facebook page today, the American-Italian DJ-actor also said Peh, 29, was the "the first Asian girl I ever dated", but they hit it off despite the cultural gap.
According to a Straits Times report, they were his first comments following news last week that Peh is dating her fellow star Qi Yiwu, 36, who is born in China.
"I didn't know much about her culture and although we were from two different worlds, we somehow connected," Singapore-based Tonelli, 37, wrote about first meeting Peh.
"The beauty of her soul and her sense of wonder at the possibilities we could achieve together were qualities I was always searching for in a life partner," he added.
"We had many firsts in our relationship and those moments I will always cherish.
"As the years passed, we started to lose the communication that is the foundation for every strong partnership.
On hindsight, we could have worked a little harder at developing our understanding for each other.
"He professed to being "saddened" by the split and that there had been "trying times", but he said "the past four years were some of the best years of my life.