Britney Spears and Jason Trawick call off engagement

Jan. 11, 2013 at 9:37 PM ET

Britney Spears and her fiance Jason Trawick have announced they're splitting after a one-year engagement. Their rep Jeff Raymond confirms to TODAY.com that the split was "mutual," and the two will remain friends.

In a statement to TODAY.com, Spears said, "Jason and I have decided to call off our engagement. I'll always adore him and we will remain great friends." 

Trawick added: "As this chapter ends for us a new one begins. I love and cherish her and her boys and we will be close forever."  Spears and Trawick became engaged on Trawick's 40th birthday in December 2011; they began dating in 2009.

Earlier Friday, Spears confirmed that she would be leaving her post as judge on "The X-Factor."

In a statement to The Clicker, she said, “I’ve made the very difficult decision not to return for another season. I had an incredible time doing the show and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my teens but it’s time for me to get back in the studio. Watching them all do their thing up on that stage every week made me miss performing so much! I can’t wait to get back out there and do what I love most.”

Spears has two sons, Preston, 7, and Jayden, 6, with her ex-husband Kevin Federline. The couple divorced in 2006.

Image: Spears poses with her award for Best Pop Video and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles
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