By Alexis Tereszcuk – Radar Senior Reporter
Katie Couric and her boyfriend Brooks Perlin have broken up after five years of dating.
The couple met at a cancer research fundraising event in 2006, but now the 37-year-old Perlin is moving out of Katie’s Upper East Side townhouse.
The 54-year-old former CBS Evening News anchor initiated the breakup, according to Us Weekly. “Brooks is a nice guy, but it was inevitable because they had different priorities and perspectives, and their age difference made it a challenge too.”
The friend said that the TV star is ready to find new love.
“Katie is someone who is incredibly versatile and accessible and in high demand and he just couldn’t keep up. He had a little more trouble in the relationship. So she’s available and back on the market.”
Katie’s husband Jay Monahan passed away from colon cancer in 1998 and they have two daughters, Ellie, 20, and Carrie, 15.
While they have broken up, a Couric friend told Page Six that they are still friends. “Brooks is a great person and a real gentleman; he and Katie enjoyed their time together. But after five years, they have decided it was time to go their separate ways.”