Gilmore Girls' Alexis Bledel, Boyfriend Split

07/05/2006 at 07:30 PM EDT

Gilmore Girls' Alexis Bledel, Boyfriend Split
Ventimiglia and Bledel
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Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel and her boyfriend, former costar Milo Ventimiglia, have broken up, PEOPLE has confirmed.

"He is currently single," Ventimiglia's rep tells PEOPLE. The couple were together for three and a half years.

Ventimiglia, who turns 29 on Saturday, joined the Gilmore Girls cast in fall 2001. He played town bad boy Jess, who became the boyfriend of Bledel's character, Rory.

Of their first onscreen kiss, Ventimiglia told Teen People in 2003, "I was nervous. We did each angle a million times."

Bledel, 24, and Ventimiglia soon became an offscreen couple, although they kept their relationship low-profile.

Bledel told PEOPLE.com in September that they had discussed marriage. "I think everybody who has been dating for more than a couple of years probably talks about it at some point. It's a fun thing for us to talk about, but that's it."

Gilmore Girls will return in the fall on the new WB/UPN-hybrid network the CW. Bledel also starred in last year's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Ventimiglia will play Rocky Balboa, Jr. in the upcoming Rocky sequel and this fall will star in the new NBC superhero series Heroes.

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