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Tyra Banks Embarks on 'Spiritual Journey' in Asia After Breakup

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    Talk show host Tyra Banks reacts after winning the emmy for outstanding talk show-informative at the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, August 30, 2009.
Tyra Banks Marriage?
Tyra Banks Marriage?
By Benge Nsenduluka, CP Reporter
December 12, 2011|2:43 pm

Tyra Banks has reportedly split from her boyfriend of three years, John Utendahl.

The “America's Next Top Model” host, ended her three year relationship with Utendahl, a 53-year-old investment banker, and is said to be devastated.

According to sources, the break-up was mutual but Banks is said to be so heart-broken that she has embarked on a spiritual journey in east Asia.

"Tyra has gone away with a female friend and has been island-hopping, visiting Bali and taking a spiritual retreat," a source told the New York Post.

The split comes as a surprise to fans, who assumed the couple was going strong after Banks' recent interview on the “Wendy Williams Show.”

When asked about marrying Utendahl, Banks said the couple has other priorities.

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"We do want to have kids but we don’t talk about marriage necessarily...you don’t have to have a ring on your finger to say that I love you,” she said.

Utendahl, who is well known on Wall Street, suffered a financial blow to his company, Utendahl Capital Partners, in 2010 eventually forcing it out of business.

He is now said to be Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank Americas, and was recently spotted with a Russian model, according to the New York Post.

Banks, who is currently enrolled in the Harvard Business School, is estimated to be worth around $90 million.

It is unclear why the pair split and it is unlikely that Banks will share the reasons behind the sudden split since she has always been very private about her relationships.

"I'm very happy because I have a private life," she gushed to Williams.

Banks' relationship woes are not the only problems she appears to be facing.

Last week The Christian Post reported that her show, “America's Next Top Model,” received heavy criticism after former judge Janice Dickinson publicly claimed the show was rigged.

Banks, who is the show's executive producer, is yet to deny Dickinson's claims.

It is unclear when Banks will return to the U.S.

 

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