The whirlwind love affair between Kim Dotcom and Auckland student Elizabeth Donnelly has ended as suddenly as it began - just two days after revealing his new flame, the Megaupload founder says he's called it off with the 21-year-old brunette.
Kim confirmed the news on his official Twitter account, hinting that he moved to end the relationship for Elizabeth's sake.
"Elizabeth and I have ended our romance. It is unacceptable how the media/public is treating her," he wrote.
"She's a good person and shouldn't be subject to shaming or abuse. I can't accept her getting hurt and it is better for her without me."
Kim initially described himself as "the luckiest man alive" after sharing a photo of his new love on Instagram earlier this week. The romance was his first since estranged wife Mona left him in May 2014, and Kim later told the Herald he was serious about the business and law student.
“I thought I would never love again,” Kim told the New Zealand Herald.
“My heart turned ice cold after my separation from Mona. To love and be loved is what happiness is all about. I'm so happy that I met Liz and that I can feel those butterflies again.”
While Kim seemed smitten with the new woman in his life, it didn't take long for rumours to begin swirling around the pair. Their fast-tracked fling attracted plenty of attention, with Kim revealing Elizabeth had already moved into his waterfront penthouse despite the pair first interacting over text messages on Instagram just eight weeks ago.
Earlier today, it emerged that Elizabeth had broken up with previous boyfriend Mark Harrison only a week ago - the former couple had even enjoyed an idyllic Thailand getaway together before parting ways.
However, Kim told the Herald he knew of the relationship all along and had actually encouraged the holiday in order to give Elizabeth more time to think about who she wanted to be with.