“We have a lot of love for each other and ALWAYS will,” Alex & Sierra said.

Musical duo and real-life couple Alex & Sierra announced both the end of their relationship and dissolution of their band Friday (Sept. 1) in a written statement posted to their official Twitter page.

Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton won the third and final season of Fox’s U.S. version of The X Factor in 2013. According to the statement, the two broke up over a year ago but attempted to continue Alex & Sierra as friends.

“We’ve arrived at a place where it feels better to branch out rather than continue making music together,” the statement read. “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.”