The unexpected reason why Michael Sheen and Sarah Silverman split

Well, this is unexpected! Michael Sheen is opening up about his relationship with ex-girlfriend Sarah Silverman and how international politics played a huge role in the couple’s demise.

“After the Brexit vote, and the election where Trump became president, we both felt in different ways we wanted to get more involved,” Sheen, 49, told The Daily Telegraph. “That led to her doing her show I Love You, America, and it led to me wanting to address the issues that I thought led some people to vote the way they did about Brexit, in the area I come from and others like it.”

While Sheen and Silverman, 47, bonded over their passion about politics and social justice, they ultimately knew the timing was not right for a successful relationship because he decided to move back to Great Britain to get more involved.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Sarah Silverman (L) and actor Michael Sheen attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Comedian/actress Sarah Silverman and actor Michael Sheen attend photo op for Hulu's 'I Love You America' at Cheateau Marmont on October 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, USA - DECEMBER 14: Actress Sarah Silverman (R) and actor Michael Sheen (L) attend the premiere of Columbia Pictures' 'Passengers' at Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California on December 14, 2016. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Presenter Sarah Silverman arrives with partner Michael Sheen at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 16: Actors Michael Sheen (L) and Sarah Silverman attend a screening and panel for Showtime's 'Masters of Sex' at the Landmark Theater on May 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 03: Actors Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen arrive at the premiere of Roadside Attractions' 'Love and Friendship' at Directors Guild of America on May 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 03: Actors Michael Sheen, Kate Beckinsale and Sarah Silverman attend the premiere of 'Love & Friendship' at the Directors Guild of America on May 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 03: Actors Michael Sheen, Kate Beckinsale and Sarah Silverman arrive at the premiere of Roadside Attractions' 'Love And Friendship' at Directors Guild Of America on May 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actors Sarah Silverman (L) and Michael Sheen attend the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actors Michael Sheen (L) and Sarah Silverman attend The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_013 (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Actor Michael Sheen and comedian Sarah Silverman attend the 2015 Writers Guild Awards New York Ceremony at The Edison Ballroom on February 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 19: Actor Michael Sheen (L) and Comedian Sarah Silverman poses in the press room during the 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Critics' Choice Television Awards)
WESTWOOD, CA - MAY 15: (L-) Actor Michael Sheen and actress/comic Sarah Silverman arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' on May 15, 2014 at Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen are seen on March 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by David Krieger/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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“We both had very similar drives, and yet to act on those drives pulled us in different directions — because she is American and I’m Welsh,” the Masters of Sex star explained.

Sheen added, “I felt a responsibility to do something, but it did mean coming back here, which was difficult for us because we were very important to each other. But we both acknowledge that each of us had to do what we needed to do.”

Sheen and Silverman dated for nearly four years before calling it quits in December 2017. The comedienne reassured fans that no drama caused the split and distance was really the thing that got the best of them.

“No fight. We just live in different countries & it got hard,” Silverman tweeted in early February. “Felt we should just tell y’all so u stop askin, ‘How’s Michael/How’s Sarah?’”

Silverman previously dated Jimmy Kimmel from 2002 to 2009. Sheen, meanwhile, shares daughter Lily Mo Sheen, 19, with ex Kate Beckinsale.

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NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Kate Beckinsale and Ex. Michael Sheen are seen out in Manhattan on April 06, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Kate Beckinsale, Lily Mo Sheen and Michael Sheen are seen in Soho on April 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Lily Mo Sheen, Michael Sheen and Kate Beckinsale on April 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: (L-R) Michael Sheen, Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman attends the Weinstein Company's 2014 Golden Globe Awards after party on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
Kate Beckinsale and Michael Sheen (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA- MARCH 24: Actor Michael Sheen and actress Kate Beckinsale attend the 10th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation InStyle Party on October 24, 2002 at the Moomba Restaurant in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 4: Actress Emma Thompson and Michael Sheen, ex-husband of British actress Kate Beckinsale, arrive at the 'Sony Ericsson Empire Film Awards' at The Dorchester Hotel on February 4, 2004 in London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Michael Sheen, Lilly Beckinsale, and Kate Beckinsale (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 12: Actress Kate Beckinsale and actor Michael Sheen attend the After-Party for the Canadian Premiere of 'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallow Part 2' at Casa Loma on July 12, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Actress Kate Beckinsale and actor Michael Sheen with daughters attend the After-Party for the Canadian Premiere of 'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallow Part 2' at Casa Loma on July 12, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.
Michael Sheen, Lilly Beckinsale, and Kate Beckinsale (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
Michael Sheen and Kate Beckinsale during 2001 My VH1 Awards - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
(GERMANY OUT) 1973Schauspielerin; Grossbritannienmit ihrem Lebensgefährten, dem britischen Schauspieler Michael Sheen, bei der Deutschlandpremiere des Kinofilm 'Pearl Harbor' in Berlin auf dem Flughafen Tempelhof (Photo by Christian Bach/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 2: Actress Kate Beckinsale and actor Michael Sheen attend the Second Annual My VH1 Music Awards on December 2, 2001 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Kate Beckinsale & Michael Sheen (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Michael Sheen and Kate Beckinsale during 'Romeo & Juliet' - London Premiere - Arrivals at Leicester Square in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
Michael Sheen and Kate Beckinsale during The Evening Standard Theatre Awards 1998 at The Savoy in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
Kate Beckinsale & Michael Sheen Attend The 'Haunted' Premiere In London. (Photo by Antony Jones/UK Press via Getty Images)
Kate Beckinsale and boyfriend Michael Sheen (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
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