Leona Lewis gets over ex by working with animal charity
Leona Lewis has thrown herself into animal charity work to get over her split from her boyfriend.
The 'Bleeding Love' singer spent the weekend at a bear sanctuary in Romania for the World Society for the Protection of Animals after completing her debut UK tour in a bid to try and take her mind off her childhood sweetheart Lou Al-Chamaa.
She told The Sun newspaper: "It's amazing. The bears are magnificent. After a life of abuse they are finally happy."
Leona and Lou ' a former trainee electrician who was handed a job with record label Sony BMG as a talent scout after Leona became famous ' announced the end of their 10-year relationship last month.
While the split was said to be amicable and blamed on their busy work schedules, it has since turned nasty with Lou demanding a £1.5 million payout for helping her become famous.
Lou claims to have filled in the form for her to audition for UK TV talent show 'The X Factor', which she went on to win, making her a global superstar who is worth millions.
A friend of Lou's said: 'He believes he has played a huge role in Leona's success. They have been together for more than 10 years and he has encouraged her to fulfil her potential. He believes he has the rights of a common-law husband.'