<p><span></span>More than two years after her first date with football star <strong>Reggie Bush</strong>, <strong>Kim Kardashian </strong>was hoping a diamond ring would be in her future. Instead, she's left with only heartache. On July 27, Kim's rep confirmed to <em>Life & Style</em> that the couple had broken up. The split caught friends and family by surprise. And no wonder: In April, a glowing Kim, 28, couldn't stop gushing about Reggie, 24, during her <em>Life & Style</em> cover photo shoot. "I have no doubt we'll get married," she told <em>Life & Style</em>. "We're both young, so it won't be for a while, but I want to be a mom before I'm 30."</p>
While the split seemed sudden, the relationship had its problems. The biggest issue? The distance. Reggie's team, the Saints, is based in New Orleans, and Reggie travels to play all around the country. Meanwhile, Kim lives in LA but often travels the globe for work. "It really wasn't sudden," says a friend of Reggie's. "For the past few months, it's been clear that although Reggie and Kim love each other, the distance had put a wedge in their relationship." And the decision to split wasn't an easy one. "The decision was mutual," another friend of Reggie's says. "They talked and talked about it, and they decided this was the only answer. It was tough, but they decided this was the only way to go."
Kim's hoping their time apart serves as a break, not a break-up. "Kim believes they can work it out," a friend of Kim's tells Life & Style. "She knows she's been selfish and hasn't put enough time into the relationship because she's so focused on her career. She feels terrible about it -- but she hopes more than anything this time will be spent working on the issues that came between them."
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