Harry Morton & Lindsay Lohan: On a Break
"We're just sort of taking a little breather right now and slowing things down," the restaurateur, 25, tells TV's Extra in an interview set to air Thursday night. "A lot of people started saying we're engaged. It put a lot of pressure on things. … We need a little space."
Morton also said he'd had a hard time dealing with being in such a high-profile relationship. "The media getting involved always makes it more difficult," he tells Extra. "I'm a very private person. I'm sure she has dealt with it for years, (but it) puts a lot of pressure on me."
Nevertheless, Morton says of Lohan, "I have nothing but the utmost respect for her."
As PEOPLE reported last week, Lohan, 20, was seen sobbing and talking on her cell phone after a Sept. 21 row with Morton at West Hollywood's Chateau Marmont. Sources close to the pair said that Morton had dumped her, in spite of Lohan's efforts to cut down on partying.
Two nights later the pair was seen talking briefly at L.A.'s Hyde Lounge, though Morton left alone.
The next day, eyewitnesses saw Lohan and Stavros Niarchos (her former flame and ex-boyfriend of her rival, Paris Hilton) at the Dragonfly club, with, says one observer, "fingers interlocked … sharing kisses on the lips."
A new romance for Lohan? A source close to the actress says no, claiming that her dalliance with Niarchos was a strategy to make Morton jealous.
In happier news, James G. Robinson, the Morgan Creek film executive who blasted Lohan over the summer for her "discourteous, irresponsible and unprofessional" conduct on the set of her film Georgia Rule, is now saying he'd be happy to make another movie with the actress.
"She's on her mark and she knows her lines. She doesn't complain and she's very cooperative," Robinson tells the new ReelzChannel network.