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‘American Idol’ Alum Lauren Alaina Shocks Her Fans By Announcing Split From High School Sweetheart/Fiancé Alex Hopkins

High school sweethearts almost never last, and we’re seeing more evidence of that, thanks to Lauren Alaina’s latest announcement on her Instagram account.

The 24-year-old singer was engaged to be married. Back in July of 2018, her high school sweetheart Alex Hopkins proposed to her after six years of dating. Back in August, Alaina spoke to Us Weekly about the engagement…

We haven’t picked a date or anything yet. I think it will probably be a long engagement. We’re just in a place in our lives where we’re really busy, so getting on top of that seems nearly impossible. … We’ve obviously started the conversation. It’s a real thing now.

You can kinda see in the quote that she seemed more nervous than excited, and it looks like there was something behind that.

On Monday (Jan. 21) both Alaina and Hopkins went on their Instagram accounts to announce they were ending their engagement.

Over the last several years, you have been so supportive of us through all of our ups and downs, including personal struggles with health and family, and we couldn’t be more grateful. You share your lives with us, and we always want to be open with you in return.

We want you to let you know that we have decided to call off our engagement. 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.

They go on to say that while it wasn’t an easy decision, it feels like the “right” decision. One has to wonder if Alaina was the driving force behind this split. I mean, Hopkins just last year was ready to marry her. It’s possible he saw Alaina drifting away and tried to save the relationship by locking her in.

Who knows, maybe they’ll end up together a few years down the road. Sometimes people need to ~explore~ a bit, especially if they’ve only been with one person since high school.


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