Political passion drove Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen apart after four years together. They announced their split in February, and in a new interview with The Telegraph, the 49-year-old Sheen blamed international affairs on his split from the 47-year-old. 

"We both had very similar drives, and yet to act on those drives pulled us in different directions — because she is American and I’m Welsh,” Sheen explains. 

He says they’d both become more political following the 2016 presidential election and Brexit (the withdrawal of the U.K. from the E.U.)

“That led to her doing her show, I Love America, and it led to me wanting to address the issues that I thought led some people to vote the way they did about Brexit, in the area I come from and others like it,” he says. "I felt a responsibility to do something.” 

Which led to them living an ocean apart. “It did mean coming back here — which was difficult for us, because we were very important to each other,” he admits. "But we both acknowledge that each of us had to do what we needed to do.”

When Silverman shared the news of their break-up on Twitter, she basically said the same thing (without the context): “The great @michaelsheen & I consciously uncoupled over Christmas. I mean, not ‘over Christmas’ — like that wasn’t the fight that ended it. No fight. We just live in different countries & it got hard. Felt we should just tell y’all so u stop askin, ‘How’s Michael/How’s Sarah?’”