Fans of the music duo Alex & Sierra got a double dose of terrible news. The two X Factor winners who were also a couple, shocked fans by admitting that they had no longer been in a relationship for over a year. Though that’s not all! The duo also revealed that throughout this time, they’d been evaluating their time as a group and have ultimately decided to part ways.

Yes, it’s the end of Alex & Sierra as fans know it. The “Bumper Cars” singers broke their silence on how they came to this very difficult and painful decision by writing an emotional letter to fans on Twitter. They wrote, “We’ve had an awfully magical time with each other and with you. Unfortunately things change a lot in 8 years, and though we didn’t tell the public, our romantic relationship ended over a year and a half ago…. But as everyone does know, we’ve been best friends forever and really tried to keep A&S going.”

“However, we’ve arrived at a place where it feels better to branch out rather than continue making music together. This last album and tour were hard on our hearts. So thank you to anyone who ever watched videos of us, bought a cd, came to see us live, bought merch, or simply enjoyed the music and listened and shared with friends. No band lasts forever, whether they dated or not, but we will cherish every memory.”

Rightfully so, fans have been absolutely heartbroken by the decision. Though instead of lashing out or sending negative comments their way, everyone has been extremely supportive of Alex & Sierra’s decision. Not long after the letter went viral, they tweeted out, “Crying reading your responses. Didn't expect such understanding and kindness. Truly love you ALL. Always."

As they explained, it wasn’t an easy decision to make and we certainly wish them all the best. Alex & Sierra’s music and adorable red-carpet appearances together will surely be missed, but we do look forward to seeing where this next chapter in their careers will take them. Luckily, they seem to have their loyal fanbases support in whatever they choose to do next.