Lewis Hamilton has spoken out about his painful split from Nicole Scherzinger, admitting it has "turned his life upside down".

It was revealed last week that the couple had split after five years together, and Lewis opened up about his feelings as he gave a subdued interview with Sky Sports, ahead of the German Grand Prix on Sunday.

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Quizzed about his 'grumpy mood', he said: "You have different people who are able to keep in their emotions – I have a Finnish trainer, for example, who doesn’t show any emotion and they are always able to control it," he said.

"Me, I wear my heart on my sleeve and that gets me in trouble a lot of the time and I generally find it very, very hard to fight my emotions.

"I’m going through… I’m trying my hardest to be positive but I’m going through a really, really tough time at the moment with the loss of someone really, really special in my life. My world’s turned upside down, but I have a job…"

Asked if he was referring to Nicole, he confirmed: "Yup…but I have a job to motivate my team and if I come in with my head down and negative energy then that goes around to all my mechanics who work day and night, and I don’t ever want that. So I’m really trying to pull myself together and keep my head up but it’s so hard to do."

Hit play on the video below to watch Lewis' heartfelt confession (begins around 3.10).

Lewis' outpouring comes after The Sun reported that Nicole made reference to their split during the last round of 'X Factor' auditions in Cardiff last week.

Following an emotional performance by a contestant who had written her own song about a breakup, Nicole is said to have commented: "It pulled on my heartstrings. It sucks doesn’t it? Really sucks."

Let's hope they can make it work.

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  • Not only could Nicole not find the right camera to look down when Dermot caught her off guard to introduce her next act one week, she then proceeded to introduce James Arthur's name instead of Rylan Clark's. Whoops! Bonkers-o-metre rating: 5/5

  • Nope, us neither. She lost us at full fat milk. Bonkers-o-metre rating: 5/5

  • There was only ever going to be one judge who actually got up on the desk following Rylan's Spice Girls medley in week six, and it sure as heck wasn't going to be Borelow. After dismounting the table, she exclaimed: "That was a Rylan spice explosion all up in this place because you didn't just spread love, you sprayed it all over that stage honey. Girl power." Bonkers-o-metre rating: 4/5

  • Nicole just loves to talk about balls, especially Jahmene's which she did live on air during the first live show. When Dermot questioned her, she cheekily replied, "it takes a lot of guts and balls to survive in this business and you obviously have big balls yourself, right?" Cheeky. Bonkers-o-metre rating: 3/5

  • And Nicole committed her love of balls to song - a duet with James Arthur entitled 'Vaginas And Big Hairy Balls'. You certainly wouldn't have got Cheryl or Dannii doing that. Bonkers-o-metre rating: 5/5

  • We now snap our fingers twice at every word we say. It can get surprisingly annoying after a while, so we've been told.... Bonkers-o-metre rating: 5/5

  • Nicole got a little carried away after Rylan's performance of Mousse T's 'Horny', and decided to sing her own version to GB. Bonkers-o-metre rating: 4/5

  • Nicole proved she can always be relied upon to put the effort in at a fancy dress party when she revisited her Pussycat Dolls past in Rylan' birthday bash dressed in a PVC basque and fishnets. Bonkers-o-metre rating: 3/5

  • Nicole Scherzinger - 'X Factor' judge by night, Asda worker by day *taps back pocket*. She was transformed into an shop worker in tribute to her contestant Jahmene Douglas, who used to work for the grocery giant before entering 'The X Factor'. At least she's got something to fall back on if Simon Cowell ever axes her again. Bonkers-o-metre rating: 3/5

  • Never let Nicole make you a dessert is the lesson we learnt from this. Bonkers-o-metre rating: 3/5

  • We all let out a little *tee hee* when Nicole didn't realise that spunky meant something entirely different over this side of the Atlantic as she described Lucy Spraggan's first live show performance as 'spunky, honest and witty'. Bonkers-o-metre rating: 3/5

  • We were totes surprised that Nicole didn't opt for a vajazzle when she visited Amy Childs' salon with Rylan Clark. Bonkers-o-metre rating: 1/5

  • *snaps fingers twice*, OBVZ Bonkers-o-metre rating: 3/5

  • Always calm in a crisis, Nicole's response to a wannabe kicking off big stylee at this year's auditions was "no, baby, no! Inappropriate!". Bonkers-o-metre rating: 2/5

  • Nicole was public enemy number one when she brought Rylan Clark through to the live shows. But if she hadn't we wouldn't have had this piece of TV gold in our lives. So thank you, Nic. Bonkers-o-metre rating: 1/5 - Rylan totally eclipsed her.

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