Russian billionaire Vladimir Doronin has accused Brit supermodel Naomi Campbell of 'bullying' his new girlfriend Luo Zilin, telling friends the couple just want to be left alone.
Today, Page Six reported that Naomi, 42, is attempting to scupper Luo's modelling career by demanding that her Chinese agents fire her - just days after the younger model was dumped by her New York management.
And a source told MailOnline that Vlad, 50, was just concerned about protecting his love, saying: 'It’s really sad that Naomi can’t leave Vlad alone since he just wants to get on with his life with Luo in peace.
|Vladimir Doronin & Luo Zilin|
"She’s had a very successful career so far and deserves better than being bullied by Naomi.
At this point, what he cares about is protecting Luo and helping to undo the damage Naomi has cruelly tried to inflict on her."
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The businessman finally sounded the death knell for his five-year romance with Naomi this week when he was seen frolicking with Chinese model Luo - who was mentored by Naomi on her reality show The Face.
Vlad and Luo, 25, were seen passionately embracing on the Spanish party island of Ibiza - and it was then revealed that Luo had lost her modelling deal with New York-based MIX Model management.
MIX Model president Neal Hamil said: 'Zi Lin's contract with MIX Model Management NYC was terminated last week due to ongoing unprofessional conduct and unacceptable work ethic.'
Luo Zilin was seen sprawled on top of Vladimir as they enjoyed a sunshine break in Spain at the weekend.
And the couple were pictured sharing an intimate embrace.
A source close to Naomi said: "It's fair to say that Luo and Vlad met through Naomi, it's really unprofessional of Luo and it's not great behavior on Vlad's behalf."
And another source today denied Vlad's claims, saying: "Naomi is just concentrating on work, she doesn't want to be drawn into this. It seems to be the case that Vlad is just trying to get an unfair dig in at Naomi - he can't seem to leave her alone."
|Luo Zilin & Naomi Campbell|
Today, Mr Hamil said he had terminated Luo's contract for 'professional' rather than personal reasons, adding he had fired the model on Memorial Day when she told him she was heading back to China - in direct conflict of the plans they had made to further her career.
Naomi and Vladimir's relationship faltered as businessman Vladimir became a firm fixture on the New York social scene.