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Armstrong and Crow decide to part
Sheryl Crow and Lance Armstrong
Crow and Armstrong have been together for over two years
Singer Sheryl Crow and cyclist Lance Armstrong have said they are separating, five months after announcing their engagement.

A joint statement gave no reason for the "very tough decision", and they appealed for privacy "at this very difficult time".

Armstrong, 34, who has won the Tour de France a record seven times, has been married once before.

He and Crow, 43, have been together for more than two years.

"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."

Crow met Armstrong, a testicular cancer survivor who has three children from his first marriage, at a charity event in October 2003.

Grammy award-winner Crow released her fifth album, Wildflower, last September and said that Armstrong had been the inspiration for it.

She performed a free concert in Austin, Texas, Armstrong's home town, to mark the ninth anniversary of his cancer diagnosis.

The pair have been living at a ranch near the town.

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