James Franco has split from his long-term girlfriend.

The 127 Hours actor has confirmed his five-year romance with Ahna O'Reilly has ended because he is so busy with his other commitments, although he did not reveal when they ended their relationship.

In a recent interview with Playboy magazine Franco said: "It's over. That lasted about four or five years. We'd been living together in Los Angeles and then came to New York to go to school for two years. Then I signed up for more school at Yale. I think that was it for her."

Despite his good looks, James insisted that he hasn't had much look with women particularly when he was at school because he "was so shy and awkward."

He added: "I think girls liked me, but I was awkward, shy and emotionally immature, so I didn’t have a ton of girlfriends. I had short-term relationships and always got dumped, I think because I was too slow for them."