Tyler and Nat are over

Sadly, life is imitating soaps for General Hospital stars Tyler Christopher and Natalia Livingston, whose love is on the rocks both in real life and in reel life. To refresh your memory, Tyler and Natalia were playfully "outed" as a couple during Walt Willey's faux talk show at last November's ABC Super Soap Weekend in Orlando, Fla. A setside spy now confirms to TVGuide.com that their approximately nine-month relationship has reached its conclusion for reasons I'm far too gentlemanly to pry into. (Translation: Um, I actually don't know.)

Fans figured Tyler and Natalia were in Splitsville when the twosome separately attended GH's annual fan-club weekend last month in Southern California. Livingston, a recent Daytime Emmy winner, was also conspicuously absent from her BF's personal fan gathering. (Back when Tyler was dating Vanessa Marcil — the Las Vegas costar formerly known as Brenda Barrett — they always escorted one another to such outings.) Oddly enough, this breakup news comes just as their married GH characters, Nikolas and Emily, seem headed for a divorce. Don't forget, Nat won that Emmy because Emily was brutally raped by Nik's evil look-alike and can hardly stand the sight of her poor husband, who finds comfort in Courtney's (Alicia Leigh Willis) arms this week. Meanwhile, if the hunkalicious Tyler should require a shoulder to cry on off screen...