Ariana Grande and Big Sean Split After 8 Months of Dating

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Big Sean and Ariana Grande have called it quits, PEOPLE can confirm.

“They both deeply care for each other and remain close friends,” the artists’ reps said in a joint statement. “We kindly ask that the media respect their wish for privacy regarding this personal matter at this time.”

The “Love Me Harder” songstress and the “I Don’t F— with You” rapper first went public with their romance at the 2014 MTV VMAsback in August.

After they were spotted holding hands backstage at the award show, the couple didn’t make any attempts to hide their romance. They showed major PDA back in March when Big Sean, 26, joined Grande, 21, onstage during a tour stop in Detroit to perform “Big Mistake” together.

Grande is currently in the middle of her Honeymoon Tour, which is expected to last through Oct. 15. Big Sean, meanwhile, is busy with a tour of his own, which will last through Aug. 29.

Last month, Grande shared a video of herself exchanging a special handshake (and a kiss) with Big Sean. Three weeks ago, Sean also shared a happy photo of himself with Grande’s brother, Frankie Grande, on Instagram, writing “Good seein u mane! I hope yall had good time ragin tonight @ da show!”

Source: http://www.people.com