Chris Pine has reportedly dumped The Hills star Audrina Patridge because he couldn’t handle a public romance.

The Star Trek actor is said to have started dating the reality TV star last month after meeting at the ShoWest event in Las Vegas earlier in the year. People close to the couple confirmed they were dating after they were spotted having dinner together in Los Angeles, and the pair sat next to each other at the MTV Movie Awards at the weekend.

But a source has now revealed that the focus on the couple at Sunday’s ceremony was too much for Chris: “Chris got freaked out by all the attention and pulled away.

“He’s a shy guy and doesn’t want to be in the spotlight.”

Another source told Hollyscoop that the move was also political: “Chris Pine was forced to dump Audrina because his camp wants him to take the right strategic steps to become a big movie star.

“Dating a reality show star would tarnish his image.”