Actor Jamie Bell told how fame is taking its toll on his love life as he turned up alone for the premiere of his latest film.
The Billy Elliot star recently split with girlfriend Sheryl McNally after 18 months together.
And the 17-year-old admitted his growing fame has made it impossible to keep a relationship going.
Bell arrived alone at the UK charity premiere of Dickens adaptation Nicholas Nickleby last night.
“I’m here on my own,” he said. “I’m too old to bring my mum to premieres.”
Asked about his recent break-up, he shrugged: “I’m in a stupid industry where it’s very hard to hold anything down.”
Bell shot to fame with his starring role in Billy Elliot, in which he played a North East schoolboy who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer.
In Nicholas Nickleby, he co-stars with fellow Brit Charlie Hunnam and the pair impressed American critics when the film opened in the US.
Dickens’ tale follows the fortunes of young Nicholas (Hunnam), whose family are left penniless when his father dies.
He is sent away to school but runs away with his friend Smike (Bell) and sets out to reunite his family.
Hunnam, 23, is best known for his role as a gay schoolboy in Channel 4 drama Queer As Folk – his explicit sex scenes led to the show becoming one of the most complained about programmes in British TV history.
Hunnam was also at last night’s premiere in London’s Leicester Square, along with other stars of the film Jim Broadbent and Romola Garai.
Stephen Daldry, who directed Bell in Billy Elliot and remains a close friend of the teenager, was also there, as were Peter Mandelson and Big Brother’s Anouska.