Simon Baker splits from girlfriend Laura Gibbs after attending an anti-vaxx protest

Simon Baker;  Laura May Gibbs

Simon Baker; Laura May Gibbs

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Simon Baker and Laura May Gibbs have split up.

A source confirmed to PEOPLE that the mentalist actor, 52, and activewear designer, 36, “quietly broke up” several months ago after attending an anti-vaxx protest. Gibbs has increasingly spoken out on social media about her opposition to the COVID-19 vaccine and its recent nationwide mandates.

On Sunday, she shared a video while attending a demonstration in Australia to protest vaccine mandates. The clip shows hundreds gathered cheering with one person’s sign: “We stand united against ‘no jab no job’ and vaccine passports.”

Gibbs captioned the Instagram post: “Power to the people ✊🏽❤️ @reclaimtheline.”

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Gibbs is the founder of luxury fashion and lifestyle brand Nagnata – “the joint creation of sister design duo Laura May and Hannah Gibbs,” reads the company’s website. Last month, she released a lengthy statement from the company’s official account criticizing the “discrimination” surrounding the COVID vaccine.

“It is against our personal and brand values ​​to discriminate against customers to walk through the doors of our Nagnata store,” the Instagram post read. “In light of the fact that the NSW government has released a roadmap to ease Covid restrictions on vaccinates only, we have made the decision to close our Byron Bay store from Monday, October 11. We will reopen when EVERYONE welcome without fear of judgment and fines.”

Simon Bakker

Simon Bakker

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Baker and Gibbs first sparked relationship rumors when they were spotted together in the waves of Australia’s Byron Bay in March.

The couple’s summer outing came shortly after PEOPLE exclusively confirmed in January that Baker and ex-wife Rebecca Rigg had split after 29 years of marriage.

“We remain close friends and our three children will always be the main focus of our lives,” the couple, who have children Stella, 28, Claude, 22, and Harry, 20, said in a joint statement at the time.

Simon Baker and Rebecca Rigg

Simon Baker and Rebecca Rigg

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Baker and Rigg met in the early 1990s and then starred in the Australian soap opera, and street.

The actor previously told PEOPLE about his marriage, explaining why he and Rigg never celebrated their wedding anniversary.

“We’ve never really been involved in it. Anniversaries, that’s weird, isn’t it?’ Baker said in 2018. “I think we put too much pressure on it. With us it’s not. We’re a team. Most of the time, 99 percent of the time, we’re really good friends. No need to mark it with big things.”

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