In more harmonious circumstances.
People magazine today quoted a spokesman for the singer as saying, "Ricky and Carlos have mutually agreed to end their relationship but continue to be united by friendship and their shared experiences."
We report this with regret having followed the apparently close relationship between the two men, particularly as they had shared insights on their lives based around Ricky's twin sons, Matteo and Valentino.
Many will recall Ricky's interview with Oprah in November 2010, where he came out as a gay man and a new dad. At the time, this helped to earn him two big honours at the 22nd annual GLAAD Media Awards, in particular the Vito Russo Award which honours openly gay and lesbian artists. Ricky thanked Carlos in his acceptance speech on the night.
More recently, Ricky reflected, "I have experienced wonderful things with my partner. Complexity, understanding, and, at the same time, freedom, not being afraid that your partner is judging you. That is what I have found with Carlos."
Update. 19.05. 2014
Ricky is currently basing himself in Australia during filming of The Voice, which he joined in season two, and returns for the third season with Kylie Minogue, will.i.am and Joel Madden. While his special played on Channel Nine in Australia, Ricky attended the Billboard Awards in Las Vegas.He held up a sign on the red carpet that read '#bringbackourgirls,' part of the global initiative to mobilize governments around the world to take action against 230 school girls being kidnapped in Nigeria last month.
Lustralboy wishes both men continued mutual understanding in their evolving friendship.
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