Cape Town – Comedian Trevor Noah, controversially named the new host of the The Daily Show, has reportedly separated from his long-term Cape Town girlfriend, Dani Gabriel.

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Trevor Noah has broken up with girlfriend Dani Gabriel, seen here with him in her Facebook profile picture. Photo: Facebook

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The split was revealed by The Daily Mail on Friday, with the publication reporting that he’d left behind the physiotherapist to pursue his American dream.

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The pair apparently had a heart-to-heart about his future.

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The two had known each other for four years, and began dating early last year. The comedian was smitten with the brunette, who travelled by his side on tour.

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But, following behind-the-scenes talks earlier this year with Comedy Central, the producers of The Daily Show, it was clear that Noah’s career was about to take off in a big way internationally.

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Noah was back in Cape Town for his Lost in Translation comedy tour last month, and it’s likely that was when he and Gabriel had a heart-to-heart talk.

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Self-employed Gabriel, 28, runs her own physiotherapy practice in Cape Town, and her family is there.

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A source close to Noah said: “Dani is an ex-girlfriend. They decided to go their separate ways. They split a few months ago, but are still friends.”

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Despite the split, Gabriel is still supportive of Noah. She told the publication: “Yes, he’s going through this huge transition, but at the end of the day he’s not a celebrity to me, and he’s never treated himself like that, and I don’t treat him like that.”

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Gabriel refused to discuss the split. She said: “I don’t need to show my support publicly for Trevor. It doesn’t need validating to anybody else besides me and him.”

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But it’s clear Gabriel has struggled with the split, keeping her Facebook status as “in a relationship”, and maintaining a picture of the couple kissing on her homepage wall.