Fast-growing rumors regarding the breakup of musicians Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato were confirmed Monday night (May 24) when Jonas, 20, revealed to People magazine that he'd decided to end his relationship with Lovato in order to focus on their friendship.
"Demi and I knew going into our romantic relationship that it may not be an easy one," Jonas told People. "I realize over the time we have shared together that I feel I care more about our friendship right now. It was my choice to break up but I love her as a friend. She's been there for me when I needed her. I will continue to be her friend and be there for her."
For her own account, the 17-year-old Lovato took to her Twitter feed to clarify some of the rumors surrounding her breakup with Jonas. "I'd like to clear a few things up," she said. "First, Joe and I did split but it wasn't over the phone. Things didn't work out but we'll remain friends. Secondly, I am NOT dating anybody already. Nothing is more important to me than the relationship I have with my fans. Just thought you guys should know this."
Despite the split, [article id="1639573"]Jonas and Lovato will still tour together[/article] this summer beginning with a July 27 performance in Dallas.
"We're working out all the details right now for the tour," Nick Jonas told MTV News of the upcoming trek. "It's gonna be a fun night of music. I think all of us are just anxious to get out there and play for our fans. That's the most important part for us and bringing some friends from 'Camp Rock' as well. And, obviously, having Demi will be great and we're looking forward to it."
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