Veteran French actor Gerard Depardieu was heartbroken after splitting up with his long-term girlfriend and business partner Carole Bouquet.

Depardieu's rocky relationship with the actress and former face of Chanel came to an abrupt end in March (05) and the GREEN CARD star admits it was a tough time.

He says, "It was too hard. A wonderful woman. I respect her still, but I don't speak to her. It's too complicated.

"She is very beautiful, but that is difficult."

The pair have since separated their business interests in Depardieu's restaurant venture.