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Ariana Grande and Big Sean split

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Ariana Grande and Big Sean split

Ariana Grande and Big Sean have split after eight months together.

The 'Almost Is Never Enough' singer and the 27-year-old rapper have called it quits on their relationship but say they will remain "close friends".

Confirming the news in a joint statement, their representatives said: "They both deeply care for each other and remain close friends.

"We kindly ask that the media respect their wish for privacy regarding this personal matter at this time."

It has been claimed that the couple's jet-setting careers are to blame.

An insider told Us Weekly magazine: "They made the decision to part ways because their conflicting touring schedules would keep them apart over the next year."

The news comes only a month after the 'Dark Sky Paradise' hitmaker said it was his "goal" to have children with the 21-year-old beauty.

Discussing their relationship, he said: "It's pretty serious."

And when asked if the pair are planning to wed, he added: "Aw, man. Not right now."

When pressed by the host about the possibility of "a Little Sean someday", he replied: "Eventually, that's the goal."

Meanwhile, the star previously admitted his close friendship with Ariana meant they were able to talk about anything.

He said: "It was cool to have a girl that I could talk to about my problems. I did that with her. It's not some fake-a**, inauthentic s**t when I say we were friends. This is something special and I appreciate every moment of it."