‘The Hills: New Beginnings’: Who Is Misha Barton’s Ex-Boyfriend, James Abercrombie, and Why Did They Call It Quits?

2019 is the year of New Beginnings for Misha Barton and now it looks like her love life is included in that.

According to sources, The O.C. alum and her boyfriend, James Abercrombie, have officially called it quits after just two years of dating.

Misha Barton splits from her boyfriend of two years
Mischa Barton arrives for the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards | Photo by JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images

Though Barton prefers to keep most of her personal life out of the public eye, fans can’t help but wonder who exactly is James Abercrombie and what went wrong in the couple’s relationship?

Barton and Abercrombie met at a party

It looks like Misha Barton is officially a single woman.

News outlets have confirmed that the 33-year-old actress and her boyfriend, James Abercrombie, have split.

While Barton has become known for keeping a majority of her personal life out of the public eye, many of us were shocked to learn that she has been in a relationship these past two years.

So who exactly is the man who once held the actress’ heart?

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James Abercrombie is an Australian model who is the son of Andrew Abercrombie, the multi-millionaire founder and chairman of the financial services company, FlexiGroup, as well as a former Victorian Liberal Party treasurer.

Being the son of a highly acclaimed businessman, Abercrombie is set to inherit close to $600 million.

Misha Barton and James Abercrombie met in 2017 during a party in Los Angeles and have occasionally been spotted out together in the city and in New York over the past few years.

Misha Barton was the one who ending things

While many people are probably assuming Misha Barton and James Abercombrie ended things on bad terms, it turns out that the reason for their split is actually very understandable.

According to sources, Barton ended things with Abercrombie “to focus on her career.”

With the actress having joined the cast of The Hills: New Beginnings earlier this year, Barton wants to focus on maintaining her career more than a relationship.

The cast of “The Hills: New Beginnings” |Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images

“This is the first time Mischa is actually having a second life in her career, and she wants to focus on it,” the source told E! News. “That’s the reason she broke up with him.”

With this being the first time in a Barton has been seen in the public eye in a while, the actress is enjoying her time on the hit MTV series and wants to continue showing fans a side of her that has never been seen before.

“I think there’s always been a lot of mystery around me, and people always have a lot of questions about who I really am and what I’m really like,” Barton told Page Six back in June.

Though Misha Barton has yet to open up about her love life on The Hills: New Beginnings, she has helped her fellow castmates with their own relationship drama during the season.

Fans watched as Barton stood by Audrina Patridge’s side as she dealt with the mixed feeling she has been receiving from her ex-boyfriend, Justin Bobby Brescia.

While Barton has remained mum on her relationship, sources have confirmed that love is no longer the actress’ main priority.

“It’s a new Mischa, and she is super happy about her future again,” the source told E! News. “She is all focused on the best she can be. She is really focused on her career. She is changing her life.

Neither Barton or James Abercrombie have commented on the split.