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Britney Spears calls off engagement

  • Britney Spears has announced she has parted ways with her fiancé just hours after confirming she had quit as a judge on The X Factor.

    Spears, 31, and Jason Trawick, 41, had been engaged since December 2011.

    In a statement, Spears said: "Jason and I have decided to call off our engagement. I'll always adore him and we will remain great friends."

    Trawick, her former agent, added: "As this chapter ends for us a new one begins. I love and cherish her and her boys and we will be close forever."

    The couple began dating in May 2010 following a rocky few years in the pop star’s personal and professional life which saw her lose custody of her two sons, entered rehab and shaved off her hair.

    Trawick also helped oversee many of Spears' personal and financial matters after her breakdown.

    The wedding would have been the third for Spears. She divorced dancer Kevin Federline, the father of her children, in 2006.

    The singer also married childhood friend Jason Alexander during a trip to Las Vegas in 2004. The marriage lasted 55 hours before it was annulled.

    Spears announced the split after she confirmed she was leaving The X Factor after one year, saying it was time to get back to making music.