Zac Efron is single once again. While this will be great news for the legions of female fans of the Hollywood heartthrob, the “17 Again” star’s separation from girlfriend Sami Miro was a difficult period for him.

According to an E! News source, the couple, who’ve been together for less than a year, “did not have the same feelings for each other as they did when they first started dating.” An E! News insider found out that it was Zac Efron who ended the relationship. The reason for that was the work and distance. “It wasn’t an easy breakup,” the source said. “Distance and work schedules got in the way with their relationship and Zac wanted to focus on his career.”

It’s interesting that E! News claims the two still care for each other when Hollywood Life reported that Efron deleted all of his pics with Miro on his Instagram profile. The publication also notes that there are rumours that Miro cheated on Efron while attending the Coachella music festival. One can imagine a stunned and angry Zac swiftly deleting all pics of them together.

However, there may be an entirely, more plausible and commonplace reason for Efron deleting his now ex-girlfriend’s pics on Instagram and that is probably because happier memories of the two together are a painful reminder of what’s lost. It’s not an uncommon reaction people have. Some wish to live with those memories, some wish to forget. It appears that Efron seeks the latter. Efron has also unfollowed Miro on social media, reports E! News.

Zac Efron is currently shooting for the “Baywatch” reboot with Dwayne Johnson in the lead with Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach in the supporting cast and Priyanka Chopra as the main villain. Efron looks seriously buffed up.

“Baywatch” is slated to be released on May 19 next year in the United States.