Lewis Hamilton speaks about Nicole Scherzinger split; did he dump her over babies?

It was a sad day when Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger split, and now we've got an even bigger *sad face* as the F1 racing driver has opened up about their break-up AND rumours suggest he split with Nicole because he wasn't ready for babies *sobs*

Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger didn't look happy / WENN

Lewis said he's been through a "tough time" following the end of their four-year relationship, the Sun reports. He said: "These times are sent to try you. And it's about how you pull through them."

The 26-year-old added that he's still in touch with his 33-year-old ex: "We're friends and we can move forward. I have my family who are helping. So I feel pretty good."

In contrast to Lewis' brave face, it is reported Nicole is really struggling with the break-up.

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We've been wondering what caused the split, and reports today suggest it was a clash in family plans.

Lewis reportedly ended the relationship and told pals it's because: "I'm not ready for a family."

A source told the Mirror: "Lewis decided they had to part. She wanted more than he could offer at this stage in his life."

Lewis and Nicole in happier times / WENN

Nicole apparently asked for time off from X Factor USA, but the show must go on.

The source added: "She completely devastated but has no choice other than sticking a big smile on her face and going about her engagements."

Poor Nicole!