Rock of Love 2‘s Bret Michaels & Ambre Lake Split
07/16/2008 AT 12:00 AM EDT
"It's really sad," says Lake, who explained that conflicting schedules ultimately worked against the couple. "Bret and I truly love each other and support each other. But with him touring so much and me trying to travel and work, we just didn't have a lot of time to dedicate to our relationship. It was mutual. We're both bummed."
In a release from VH1, a rep for the rock star confirmed: "Bret and Ambre Lake really tried to make it work and although they still remain close friends, between his tour line-up and her work schedule there's no time for a relationship."
Lake adds, "It’s a lot of pressure. We were dating and taking it day by day. We never put a label on us saying, 'We are boyfriend-girlfriend.' But when a budding romance is happening like that and you don't have a lot of time to see each other, you're being pulled in so many directions." She also says there were no third parties involved.
"Absolutely not," says Lake. "I've never thought that he was seeing other or anything like that."
Lake, who recently moved to L.A. from her native Chicago to pursue her career, also made it clear that she completely backs Michaels's decision to take the show on the road for a third installment. This time it's called Rock of Love Bus with Bret Michaels and the women vying for his affection will follow the rocker on a month-long tour across the country.
"Third time's the charm!" says Lake, who plans to watch the new season and is happy to be a sounding board for Michaels. "I can't stress enough that I support his decision. He's going to take it on the road, and that's where he spends the majority of his life. What a great concept."
How will she cope with the heartbreak in the meantime? "I've been surrounding myself with close friends and I'm visiting my family next week," says Lake. "And working out is very therapeutic for me."
It also helps that she and Michaels will remain great friends. "Our relationship isn't over -- we're going to be friends forever," she says. "We're still going to talk, we're still going to support each other. I'm going to his concert in Atlanta in a couple weeks. I'll hug him like I always do. And then we'll laugh and hang with Big John." -- Anne Marie CruzVH1