Tyra Banks and Erik Asla reportedly split after five years of dating and welcoming child via surrogate
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/03/2017
Tyra Banks and her longtime boyfriend, Erik Asla, have reportedly called it quits on their relationship after five years together.
The America's Got Talent and America's Next Top Model host welcomed son, York Banks Asla, in January 2016, and according to the New York Post, her relationship with the baby's father began to fall apart from that point forward.
Erik has reportedly moved out of their shared Los Angeles mansion and Tyra put her Battery Park City apartment in New York on the market for $17.5 million in May, but the pair remain friends.
"It came drama-free and they're co-parenting their young son," a source close to Tyra said of the breakup.
York was born via surrogate, while Erik also has daughters from a previous relationship.
The Post reported last July that things had gone sour for the couple.
However, Tyra and the photographer reportedly plan to continue working together professionally as well.
"He is slated to shoot the photos for the opening credits of... the upcoming America's Next Top Model," the insider said.
Erik -- who has shot for major magazines such as Allure, Harper's Bazaar and German Vogue -- met Tyra when he was a guest on the Norwegian version of America's Next Top Model.
Back in 2015, Tyra reportedly said of her man, "We balance each other... He's creative. I'm creative. We just have fun. He's my best friend."
Representatives for both individuals declined comment on the split.
Tyra will host the upcoming 24th season of America's Next Top Model when the show returns to VH1 although she let model, singer and actress Rita Ora take over last season.
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VH1 announced in March 2017 that Tyra would resume her Top Model hosting duties after only serving as an executive producer for Season 23. Tyra, creator of the reality modeling competition, realized fans missed her just as much as she missed being so involved with the contestants and aspiring models.
"After giving it a lot of thought, I realized that remaining behind the camera wasn't enough because ANTM is woven into my DNA," she said at the time.