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Bradley Cooper and Renee Zellweger have broken up, leaving family, friends and fans to ask … what went wrong?

“They were such a great couple that we are all shocked,” a friend of Renee’s tells me. “We all thought for sure they were going to be together forever after they moved in together last fall — we’re really sad.”

My source says Renee even skipped the Golden Globes in January to be with Bradley when his father died. “But after that she wanted a ring, and he just wasn’t ready to propose,” the friend tells me.

Bradley, who at 36 is five years younger than Renee, split from wife Jennifer Esposito back in 2007 after only four months of marriage. Renee divorced husband Kenny Chesney in 2005, citing “fraud.”

“There is no doubt both of these people have not had a great experience being married — however, Renee was ready to give it another try with Bradley,” a friend of the couple’s tells me. “She’s 41 and has an Oscar. She’s starting to think about children and settling down while Bradley loves his life exactly as it is. It’s taken him a long time to be an A-list actor, and he’s enjoying all the perks, fame and opportunities that have come his way following ‘The Hangover.'”

But is there any hope left for the couple?

“They are both in very different places in their lives and unfortunately just grew apart.”

But The Star has a different story. Bradley was sneaking around behind Renée’s back with Hollywood hotties Sandra Bullock and Jessica Biel — and there are photos to prove it! One of the pictures shows the actor leaving a hotel minutes apart from one of the beauties and an eyewitness told Star they looked “flustered and unkempt.”

After our issue hit stands, the couple of two years ended their relationship, state reports.

Reps for the couple didn’t comment, but an insider tells Star, “Bradley has been looking for a way out of this relationship for months.”

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