He announced he had split from partner Amanda Abbington in December last year, after fifteen years of romance.
He’s merely accepting friendship, in lieu of dating you, because it beats the alternative. Having no girl friends, and, therefore, no one to confide in.
In an interview published by the Radio Times - which took place before news of the split broke - the 45-year-old actor revealed that he and his Sherlock co-star had separated 'in the early part' of 2016, but that things were amicable.'We split up a while ago,' he told the publication.
'I mean, we’re very friendly and it’s all lovely and cool. I mean, we did the series not together.'When pushed further on whether he thought his huge success in recent years on films such as The Hobbit played a part in the break up, he replied: 'To a certain extent, yes.
The Sherlock actor, 46, kept things low-key in a bomber jacket and baker boy cap as he embarked on a relaxing stroll around North London, with his female companion.
Keeping things casual but cool for the trip in a crisp spotted shirt and jeans, layered beneath a trendy bomber jacket.