January 03, 2014 02:35:48 GMT
A representative confirms their amicable split, adding that the exes will 'continue to be united by friendship and their shared experiences.'
Ricky Martin is now single again. The 42-year-old Grammy winner is confirmed to have called it quits with his longtime beau, stock broker Carlos Gonzalez Abella. "Changes oh changes," he cryptically tweeted just before the New Year.
The couple broke up after around five years of dating. "Ricky and Carlos have mutually agreed to end their relationship but continue to be united by friendship and their shared experiences," a representative issues a statement.
Distance may have been a factor in their split as a source told PEOPLE, "They've spent very little time together and have grown apart. They've been on the outs for a while now." On New Year's Eve just before the announcement, Martin showed up solo at his show at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancun.
Martin and Abella began dating in early 2008. The singer publicly came out as gay in a 2010 blog post and went public with his romance with Abella by thanking his partner when receiving an award from GLAAD more than two years ago.
The "Livin' la Vida Loca" hitmaker is a father of 5-year-old twin boys, Matteo and Valentino, who were delivered via a surrogate mother. "When I started the process with my sons, Carlos wasn't in my life," he said to Vanity Fair in a 2012 interview.
"He said: 'I'm looking for a boyfriend, not a father with a family.' And I said to him: 'You've found a grown-up, full-fledged man.' I created a family structure and if he didn't understand he'd ask me questions and we were on our way. He has a really strong personality. He's nobody's puppet."