The LAND GIRLS star quickly realised her reputation was too important to risk continuing their friendship and immediately severed all ties with the supermodel.
Friel says, "When I moved to New York for a year my priorities changed.
"I lost touch with a lot of people in London.
"When I came back things were different and the tabloids were full of tales of drinks, drugs and partying. I didn't want to be guilty by association. I just thought, 'I don't know if I want to do that anymore.'
"I started to focus on my career. I love my job so much I don't want to ruin it by having a reputation."