The couple that plays together...well, is sadly no longer a couple.
Laidback "I'm Yours" chart-topper Jason Mraz has split from his fellow singer-songwriter fiancee Tristan Prettyman, his rep confirms to E! News.
The duo has long been on and off, but all seemed well when they announced their engagement last December. So what's the cause of the unexpected break? (And if you're expecting the standard "mutual decision, we're still friends" line, think again.)
"My greatest mistake right now is, I've been clinging to my art," the 33-year-old newly single musician told The Daily Beast. "In that, I have victory for my art and a great loss for my heart. At the moment, my beautiful fiancee is no longer my beautiful fiancee."
For those who don't speak poet, let us translate: his work got in the way. So too, it seems, did the comprises he made for the sake of the relationship.
"In my relationship, I was giving myself away to make the relationship better, but in actuality, I wasn't doing better by doing that. I became less of a man," he added.
Though he announced their engagement after years together (they previously briefly split in 2006) last December, the duo never set a wedding date, and instead proclaimed that they foresaw a long engagement.
Still, Mraz said he and Prettyman are "still super friends, we go to yoga together, we surf together." And while he waited until this morning to go public with news of the split, he seemed to hint at a separation while attending the Samsung Hope for Children gala in New York last night.
"What I've recently discovered is that a relationship isn't made by two halves making a whole," he told E! News. "It's made by two wholes coming together. So the more you love yourself, the more the relationship will flourish."
He also let slip that marriage may not be currently in the cards for him, by noting "if"--not when--"I do get married, it's going to be very quiet."
Still, sad as it is for him and his former fiance, it's somewhat good news for his fans. Nothing makes great music like a broken heart.
--Additional reporting by Kara Frasca
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