Eliza Dushku and Rick Fox Have Split

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Eliza Dushku has ended her five-year relationship with boyfriend Rick Fox, a retired NBA player, and moved back to her hometown of Boston.

“Rick’s an LA guy and I’m a Boston girl,” Dushku said of the split.

“I missed my town and I missed my family.”

Dushku has purchased a condo near her childhood home in Watertown. Regarding the fact that her new abode has a basement, the 33-year-old actress said that nobody "in LA has a basement ... They all have the obligatory storage spaces in the Valley.”

The move back to Boston marks the end of a 22-year stay in Los Angeles for Dushku.

She broke into acting with a role opposite C. Thomas Howell and Juliette Lewis in the 1992 adaptation of Alice McDermott's novel That Night.

From there she gained notoriety for her roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1998-2003) and Dollhouse (2009-2010.)

Over the course of her career, Dushku has starred opposite some of Hollywood's biggest names, such as Halle Berry (Race the Sun,) Leonardo DiCaprio (This Boy's Life,) and Robert De Niro (City by the Sea and This Boy's Life.)

Although she's not closing the door on acting and producing, Dushku says it's time for some changes, including attending university in the fall.

"I’ve been talking about it for 15 years. It’s a whole new trajectory for me that makes me really happy."

Dushku and her brother Nate, also an actor, will continue working on a biopic of artist Robert Mapplethorpe with the production company Dushku started when she was just 17-years-old, Boston Divas.

Dushku, who calls herself a "proud Albanian-Danish American," will also continue her work as an honorary Albanian Ambassador and with various charities, including the Trauma Healing and Reflection Center in Gulu, Uganda (THRIVEGulu) founded by her mother Judy Dushku, an activist, college professor, and world traveler.

"... I have a new life right now. I’m on kind of a different path for the time being," Dushku said of the recent changes she's made. "I’d rather be physically cold than emotionally stagnant. I just sort of come alive when I’m home."

Image via Eliza Dushku, Instagram

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