Armstrong and Crow separate

Five months after announcing their engagement, Lance Armstrong and Sheryl Crow have made known their separation in a common statement printed in Friday's edition of People Magazine. The couple, who had been together for over two years and planned to wed later this year in Texas, have decided to split for reasons they did not reveal. "After much thought and consideration we have made a very tough decision to split up," the statement read.

"We both have a deep love and respect for each other and we ask that everyone respect our privacy during this very difficult time," it continued. Rumours about a possible separation of the famous couple had been in the air for several months, but the seven times Tour de France winner and country singer Crow had always denied them - until now.

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