I admit it, I really like Stewart Townsend, 37.

He's gorgeous, smart as a whip and like all true Irishmen he detests bullies and roots for the underdog.

Because of all that, I really want to read that he's doing well and about to conquer the world all over again.

Like other hunky graduates of the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin like Colin Farrell, he's gone from strength to strength in his career.

Then he met Charlize Theron after meeting her on the set of 2002's 'Trapped.' Maybe that title was prophetic of what was to come.

Charlize said she split from Townsend when she came back from a holiday in Mexico in January 2010. She realized during their holiday that they had become more like brother and sister than lovers. That said, she bailed.

Message to Charlize: marriage isn't all romance and flowers. To expect that it always sizzle is unrealistic.

It sounds like she just wanted out.

Now she's stopped wearing an antique commitment ring he gave her as a sign of his love. Apparently he's devastated by the news too.

But he's a first class actor, and a genuinely warm human being and we can't wait to see him back in action.