Trace Cyrus has confirmed that he and [artist id="3079280"]Demi Lovato[/artist] have broken up.
Miley's older brother told People magazine that he and the Disney starlet, who released the album [article id="1616552"]Here We Go Again[/article] on Tuesday (July 21), have put an end to their romance because of age and distance.
"Demi is one of my good friends, and I definitely became very, very close with her in the past few months, and it's something I really wanted to make work.
"She is a lot younger than me," said 20-year-old Cyrus of Lovato, 16.
"When someone is that much younger, you're looking for different things in relationships. I mean, of course you get stuff like that all the time.
Maybe when she's older and we've both matured, we'll be looking for the same thing and it can work out." Last month, when [article id="1614660"]MTV News asked Lovato about the rumors[/article], she flatly denied that the two were dating. Yeah, I'm definitely single," she said, adding, "I try not to listen to rumors. You read it online, and you're just like, 'Why did they even make that up?
On Monday morning, a fan called in to “The TJ Show” on Boston's 103.3 AMP Radio to ask Demi about the current status of her friendship with the "Wrecking Ball" singer. And, you know, she doesn't care what people think, nor should she." VIDEO: Did Selena Gomez Whisper Something to Justin Bieber During Her AMA Performance?!
Demi, 22, was audibly hesitant to answer, mumbling, "Um…yeah…that. Miley's not the only former Disney starlet that Demi is no longer friends with.
VIDEO: How Former Disney Star Nick Jonas Got His Insane 'Hulk-Like' Body The fan pressed the issue, causing Lovato to further explain the situation -- though she still didn't share any specific details about what happened. I'm happy seeing her happy because I love her so much.
I wish her the best." To listen to Demi's response, check out the video above. "She's doing what she wants to do and this is her time to break out and figure out, you know, what she wants to do in her career and her image and everything...
"I'm always on the other side of the world and so is she, so it just seemed like something that can't work out at this time." Cyrus and Lovato sparked rumors of a relationship in the spring, when they began tweeting back and forth.
"We gave it a shot, and that's all you can do," Cyrus said.
"Every time I hung out with that girl or talked on the phone with her, it was amazing.
She's someone I can totally relate to." Perhaps also making it difficult is the former couple's four-year age difference.