Chelsea Clinton and Boyfriend Split Up

Chelsea Clinton and Ian Klaus "just grew apart," a friend tells PEOPLE

It appears to be over for Chelsea Clinton, 25, and boyfriend Ian Klaus, 26, PEOPLE reports in its latest issue.

The two recently split after they spent several months apart – she in London, working for McKinsey & Company consultants on a public health care project, he in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he e-mailed PEOPLE in July, “I’m currently embedded in the Kandahar region and writing about our soldiers here.”

Though a source close to Clinton confirmed they were still together as late as July, “they just grew apart,” says a friend of Clinton’s, adding that the distance didn’t help.

“I used to ask how Ian was and Chelsea would say, ‘He’s doing good.’ Then it became just a shoulder-shrug kind of answer,” indicating uncertainty, the friend tells PEOPLE.

Clinton spent a week on the Hawaiian island of Kauai in late August with her parents –sailing, hiking and, one evening, dining on coconut curry shrimp with Pierce Brosnan and his wife, Keely.

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