Lauren Alaina, Alex Hopkins Call Off Engagement
Lauren Alaina and Alex Hopkins, her longtime boyfriend, have called off their engagement and broken up. On Monday (Jan. 21), the two revealed they're starting "fresh, new chapters of our lives" separately after six years together.
On Instagram, both parties thanked fans for being supportive of them through the many ups and downs of life. "You share your lives with us, and we always want to be open with you in return," the post reads:
“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. We both love and respect each other and hope you will all do the same. This has not been an easy decision, but we both feel it is the right decision.”
Who Was Lauren Alaina's Fiance, Alex Hopkins?
Alaina and Hopkins started dating in high school. He was her date to the prom and stayed with her as she began a career as a teen country singer, battled an eating disorder and watched her parents divorce. Most recently, her stepfather died — yet she still pressed on, doing as many media events as she could. Prior to the CMA Awards the 24-year-old told Taste of Country there were no firm plans for their wedding. They'd gotten engaged in July 2018.
Earlier this month, Alaina announced she was taking a break from social media. The news that she and Hopkins had ended their engagement was her first post since returning to the platform.
"Thank you always for your love and support," the couple's joint statement ends. In their captions, neither expressed regrets. Hopkins, an actor and model, also quoted scripture before saying, "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."
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