The romance is over. After nearly nine months of dating, Ariana Grande and Big Sean have split.
The couple announced their separation in a joint statement via their reps. “They both deeply care for each other and remain close friends. We kindly ask that the media respect their wish for privacy regarding this personal matter at this time.”
The singer, 21, and rapper, 27, began dating in August 2014. Ariana confirmed their relationship in an October interview with the U.K.’s Telegraph Magazine. “He is one of the most amazing men in the whole world, and that includes my grandfather and my brother,” she said. “I think the world of him, and he’s an amazing person. That’s kind of all there is to it.”
Sean, who was previously engaged to Naya Rivera, gushed about the “Love Me Harder” singer. “Ariana is very, very special. She’s very special to me,” he told Ryan Seacrest.