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How do you cope with a painful break-up?

January 28, 2010 15:39 IST

Sania Mirza has called off her engagement of seven months to Sohrab Mirza, a childhood friend of the tennis ace and a wealthy businessman.

In a short statement to the press, Sania said that they were "friends for years but found ourselves incompatible as fiances."

And that sure happens to a lot of us. The best friend becomes a life partner and then things with the life partner don't work out. In Sania's case, the two of them had everything going for them, at least on the surface -- looks, money, a friendship going back years -- but the secret ingredient, compatibility, was missing.

And although they found that out a little late in the day, after a formal engagement, they did the right thing -- officially ending a relationship on an honourable note takes a lot of courage and dignity. In fact, the couple's parents even issued statements saying that their friendship remains unchanged, which is more than you can expect of anyone.

And while it must be hard coping with such a situation as a celebrity, with the world watching your every move, a break-up involves a lot of heartbreak for anyone.

Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation? A match made in heaven, but incompatibility put a spoke in your relationship?

Do you have a story of a break-up you'd like to share with us and other readers? Maybe an experience that could help someone else facing the same problem?

Write to us at (subject line: 'My Big Break-up') and we'll publish the best entries right here on