London:  Actor George Clooney and his Italian girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis have parted ways.

The 50-year-old actor, who has previously dated British beauty Lisa Snowdon and was married to actress Talia Balsam for four years, has released a joint statement with Elisabetta confirming the split.

"We are not together anymore. It's very difficult and very personal and we hope everyone can respect our privacy," he said.

The couple headed for a splitsville after being together for nearly two years.