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grow apart

1. Literally, to grow and move away from something. Wow, those bushes have really grown apart since we bought the place.
2. To experience a lessening of emotional intimacy in a relationship over time. Of course I still care about Ed—we've just grown apart over the years. We hardly even talk anymore.
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grow apart

 (from someone or something)
1. Lit. [for things] to separate as they grow. These trees tend to grow apart from each other as they get bigger. They need to grow apart so they won't be too crowded.
2. Fig. [for people] to separate from one another gradually. Over the years, they grew apart from each other. Ted and Sharon grew apart and saw less and less of each other.
See also: apart, grow
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They had grown apart - and fallen out of love," the insider added.
According to reports in the US, the couple, who have been together for 18 years, have grown apart.
SINGER Gareth Gates told yesterday how he and his wife Suzanne Mole have split, revealing: "We have grown apart."
Group members Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh and Cheryl Cole have started planning for their reunion but they do not want any participation from their Northern Irish band mate Nadine as they collectively feel that they have all grown apart from her.
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The singer and the supermodel announced they had separated last weekend but Seal is refusing to accept that their seven-year marriage is completely over yet just because they have "grown apart" at the moment.
But he and Elen have grown apart. The passion has gone out of the relationship." (ANI)
AFTER months of assurances that all was well in their marriage, Denise Van Outen and Lee Mead have admitted they are splitting up, having "grown apart".
Following their second outing, Escape From Guantanamo Bay, the pals have grown apart, with Harold now a married Wall Street trader.
I'm told the pair, who were engaged to be married, have simply grown apart but have vowed to remain friends.
Following their split, Seal and Heidi released a statement claiming they had simply "grown apart".
The real issue is that we have grown apart over the years."
"We have had the deepest respect for one another and continue to love each other very much, but we have grown apart."
The 32-year-old star said she and Daniel Johns, the frontman of rock band Silverchair, had grown apart due to pressures of work.
HUGH GRANT enjoys a kiss and cuddle with girlfriend Liz Hurley, scotching rumours that the couple have grown apart.