It does not come as a huge surprise that Lady Gaga is officially single again. As we predicted earlier this week, Gaga has called off her engagement.

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Clouds on the Horizon

Rumors began to circulate when she arrived at the Grammys on February 10 sans fiancé and without her ring. She also didn’t mention him in her acceptance speech as she picked up an award for “Shallow.”

On Valentine’s Day, she posted a picture of her new tattoo instead of her boo. That tattoo–an outline of a rose stretching the length of her spine, along with the words “la vie en rose”–is a tribute to her work in A Star Is Born.

A Brief Timeline

Before meeting talent agent Christian Carino, Gaga was in a long-term relationship with actor Taylor Kinney. The pair dated on and off for 5 years–they were even engaged for a time.

Not long after breaking up with Kinney, she met the 49-year-old Carino. (Gaga is, somehow, just 32. It seems like she’s been an icon forever, doesn’t it?) They started dating in early 2017. By November, he’d gotten her face tattooed on his arm and proposed with a massive pink diamond.

Why Did They Break Up?

It probably has something to do with Gaga’s career. She admitted in the documentary Five Foot Two that she struggles to balance the demands of her work with her love life. In fact, she almost seems to think it’s some kind of curse:

“I can’t help but realize that when I sold 10 million records, I lost Matt. I sold 30 million, I lose Luc. I get the movie [A Star Is Born], I lose Taylor,” she said. “It’s like a turnover.”

An insider source dished to People magazine that the pair was doomed from the start. “Their friends knew they weren’t going to work out in the long run,” the source said. “It always seemed Christian was more into the relationship than Gaga was.”

Judging purely by the body language in photos of Gaga and Christian, it does seem like he was utterly devoted to her. Gaga looks happy enough in those pictures, but Carino is constantly staring at her, kissing her cheek, or wrapping his arms around her.

What’s Next?

After she picks up her Oscar for Best Original Song this weekend, Gaga will hopefully take some time off to focus on herself. She’s had an incredibly busy year with A Star Is Born. However, it’s likely that she’ll be releasing her 6th studio album sometime in 2019.

Carino, previously dated Walking Dead star Lauren Cohan, has a busy career of his own. Although his name isn’t as well known as Lady Gaga’s, he’s a powerful talented agent behind the scenes. His client list includes Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, and Amber Heard.