“American Idol” alum Lauren Alaina, 24, has called off her engagement to high school sweetheart Alex Hopkins, 23.
In a statement on Instagram, the pair announced, “Over the last several years, you have been so supportive of us through all of our ups and downs, including personal struggles with health and family, and we couldn’t be more grateful. You share your lives with us, and we always want to be open with you in return.”
“We want you to let you know that we have decided to call off our engagement,” the statement continued. “While we still have love for each other, we’ve grown into very different people over the last six years. We are now in a place where we are each looking forward to starting our own fresh, new chapters of our lives.”
The exes ended their statement, saying, “We both love and respect each other and hope you all will do the same. This has not been an easy decision, but we both feel it is the right decision. Thank you always for your love and support.”
On her Instagram post, Lauren emphasized, “I don’t regret a single second with Alex. I wish him the very best. Please do the same.”
Alex added, “As badly as we wanted to make it work, and as hard as we fought to stay together, she and I just weren’t a part of each other’s perfect plan for our individual lives. And that’s ok. She and I get to focus solely on ourselves and our different futures for the first time since high school.”
Alex popped the question in July, six years after they started dating. Lauren was the runner-up on Season 10 of “American Idol,” which was won by Scotty McCreery.