Jonas Dumped Lovato To Focus On Friendship

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May 25, 2010 | 1:45am EST

Joe Jonas chose to end his romance with Demi Lovato in order to maintain their close friendship.
The 20-year-old Jonas Brother split from the teen sensation earlier this month, just weeks after the pair went public with their relationship.
And now Jonas has opened up about the split – admitting it was his decision to end the union to focus on being friends.
He tells People, “Demi and I knew going into our romantic relationship that it may not be an easy one. I realize over the time we have shared together that I feel I care more about our friendship right now.
“It was my choice to break up but I love her as a friend. She’s been there for me when I needed her. I will continue to be her friend and be there for her.”
Meanwhile, Lovato has spoken out over claims Jonas dumped her over the telephone.
In a post on her page, she writes, “There are so many crazy rumors flying around today. I’d like to clear a few things up. First, Joe and I did split but it wasn’t over the phone. Things didn’t work out but we’ll remain friends. Secondly, I am NOT dating anybody already. Nothing is more important to me than the relationship I have with my fans. Just thought you guys should know this.”
Both singers are due to start their joint tour on 27 July in Dallas, Texas.