Hilary Duff’s split from former NHL star Mike Comrie came as a bit of a shock to the world, but in reality, things just fizzled out.

A source tells “Us Weekly” that the pair had been in counseling for 18 months leading up to the announcement because Duff “felt he didn’t put enough effort into the relationship.

Another insider stated that “the spark was no longer there,” adding that Duff and Comrie “are better as friends.”

Everything seems to be going well on the friendship front so far, as the former couple actually announced the split together.

“Mike and I are sitting here,” the “Lizzie McGuire” star tweeted last week. “We are so appreciative for all of your kindness & well wishes. Not an easy day but we’re getting thru it together.”

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