Pop music power couple Ariana Grande and Big Sean broke up, according to their reps, who made a statement to Us Weekly on Monday. “They both deeply care for each other and remain close friends,” their reps told Us in a joint statement. “We kindly ask that the media respect their wish for privacy regarding this personal matter at this time."
The couple had been dating for almost nine months, and were known for their public displays of affection, onstage and off. They were frequently seen kissing during performances and collaborated musically on songs like "Right There," "Best Mistake" and "Research." Big Sean even appeared in Grande's video for "Problem."
Grande, 21, confirmed the relationship back in October, though the pair had been linked since August, when she told Telegraph magazine that Big Sean was "one of the most amazing men in the world, and that includes my grandfather and my brother. I think the world of him, and he's an amazing person. That's kind of all there is to it."
Big Sean, 27, then told Billboard that she was "the coolest." In an interview with the magazine he said, "Ever since, we've been friendly, hung out once in a while, and it just evolved. I respect her -- so I don't think I should talk about it." RIP, true Hollywood-supported love.