Parting is such sweet sorrow.
Britney Spears’ romance with Jason Trawick began some four years ago, when he was still her agent at William Morris Endeavor.
The couple made things official in 2010, when Trawick left his professional post to focus on being the pop princess’ boyfriend. They became engaged in December 2011.
On Friday, Spears, 31, and Trawick, 40, gave fans and gossipmongers alike plenty to talk about with the announcement of their split.
“Jason and I have decide decided to call off our engagement,” the “Scream and Shout” singer said in a statement.
“I’ll always adore him and we will remain great friends.”
Trawick also released his own statement, echoing Spears’ words.
“As this chapter ends for us a new one begins. I love and cherish her and her boys and we will be close forever,” he said.
According to PEOPLE, Trawick has also since resigned as the co-conservator of Spears. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Reva Goetz accepted the resignation on Friday, meaning that Spears’ father Jamie will now be “the sole conservator of her person.”
From red carpet appearances to outings with Spears’ young sons Preston, 7, and Jayden, 6, Trawick has been frequently by the pop princess’ side since the two began dating in early 2009.
Last fall, Spears gushed about her family to Lucky magazine.
“I play with the kids, I cook and I garden . . . we play Connect Four. We play Candy Land. Last night we read The Night Pirates,” she said in the magazine’s December 2012 issue.
“[Jason] says he doesn’t mind that I sit around in sweats all the time.”
“I’ve made the very difficult decision not to return for another season,” the former judge said in a statement.
“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.”
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