Julia Michaels And JP Saxe Has Reportedly Split After Three Years Of Dating
American songwriter and singer Julia Michaels and Canadian musician and singer JP Saxe have called it quits.
While the couple have not directly addressed the split, rumors have already been spreading around following some teasers released by the singer-songwriters.
The couple got into a relationship shortly after the release of their collaborated song “If The World Was Ending,” released in 2019.
The Canadian crooner, 29, sparked split speculation last month when he teased new music that appeared to be inspired by a breakup.
“When you think of me / Are you setting fire to every memory,” Saxe sang in an Instagram video published on August 30. “And do you believe what doesn’t last forever don’t mean anything?”
He continued: “’Cause I swear I loved you fully / And I’m sorry not for sustaining who we thought I’d be / When you think of me / Am I just another man who leaves.”
As a talented singer-songwriter, Michaels seemingly responded to Saxe’s song by posting lyrics of her own, “You’re just another man / And this is just another doorway / Using promises like they’re some kind of twisted fore play, You keep saying that you’re staying / When we both know that’s not your forte.”
The “Issues” singer posted a screenshot of lyrics written on the notes app of her phone, which continues: “Cut to: you give me one last kiss / And leave your keys there in the foyer / And say you’re sorry / You never meant to hurt me like you do / Well I’m sorry to me too / For all the love I wasted on you / Baby I’m sorry to me / Sorry to me too.”
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The Instagram story from the 28-year-old singer has already expired, however, some fans still managed to cop a screenshot of it, and posted it on TikTok, explaining the back and forth of the artists.
Fans are equally heartbroken with the news, “no cause this breakup literally ruined me,” commented a fan. “These pop poetry fights are everything,” commented another.
“This feels like another ‘I’m a child of divorce,'” a fan jokes.
A fan pointed out that the pair were using their breakup as a publicity stunt, “this gives publicity stunt lowkey, but great lyrics.”
Earlier this month, the “Line by Line” musician doubled down on the emotional lyrics and again hinted that he and Michaels, 28, were over via social media.
“I hate myself for hurting you / But it would make it worse to fix it / I wish I figured out a way of keeping myself in it / Because I meant to be the man you were standing with / Not another tally line to justify your fear of abandonment,” Saxe shared in a September 15 Instagram post titled, “Verse 2.”
The lyrics are part of a new song, “When You Think of Me,” which comes out on Friday, September 23, and also detail a breakdown seemingly between Saxe and the Iowa native.
“And I hate how I lived up to your worst fears / Makes it worse how it worked so well for three years / And it could all be for the best in the end / But for now it feels like losing my best friend,” he concluded.
Michaels, for her part, shared an emotional video that same day of herself playing the piano and singing about her own heartbreak.
“’Cause you’re just another man and this is just another doorway / You’ll use the promises like they’re some kind of twisted foreplay,” the Grammy nominee sang in the September 15 clip. “You keep saying that you’re staying / When we both know that’s not your forte.”
Singer-songwriter JP Saxe is wearing his heart on his sleeve in his new single “When You Think of Me.”
The musician, 29, shared the emotional new track on Friday after weeks of teasing it — and on the heels of his split from girlfriend Julia Michaels, which multiple sources confirmed to PEOPLE this week.
“I was sitting at a piano alone and thinking of a somewhat pervasive idea among young people. In songwriting, we tend to look at love in a binary way. It’s either like, ‘We’re together, and I’m obsessed with you,’ or it’s like, ‘We’re not together, and I hate you,'” Saxe says of the song in a statement. “I don’t subscribe to the notion that for love to be valid, it needs to be endless. I believe if something beautiful ends, it’s still beautiful. At the core of the song is my belief that love can be over and real at the same time. Love doesn’t need to be endless to be important, meaningful, and sincere.”
Saxe also unveiled a music video for the song, which shows the emotional end of a relationship. The clip was shot in Colombia by Paloma.
“When you think of me/ Am I just another man who leaves?” he sings on the song. “I hate myself for hurting you, but it would make it worse to fix it/ I wish I’d figured out a way/ of keeping myself in it.”
The singer-songwriter has been teasing the track for several weeks on social media, leading fans to believe that there may have been romantic turbulence in his relationship with Michaels, 28.
Sources confirmed to PEOPLE that they had, in fact, broken up, and Michaels has also been sharing lyrics of her own to Instagram that appear to be a response to Saxe’s lyrics.
“You’re just another man / And this is just another doorway / Using promises like they’re some kind of twisted fore play,” the “Issues” singer shared. “You keep saying that you’re staying / When we both know that’s not your forte.”
“Cut to: you give me one last kiss / And leave your keys there in the foyer / And say you’re sorry / You never meant to hurt me like you do / Well I’m sorry to me too,” continued Michaels before posting more lyrics in a follow-up story. “For all the love I wasted on you / Baby I’m sorry to me / Sorry to me too.”
Michaels and Saxe began dating after writing 2019’s “If the World Was Ending,” a ballad about a flawed relationship and hope for its reconciliation that went on to sell over three million units in the US and earn the pair a Grammy nomination for song of the year in 2020.
The “Hurt Somebody” songstress captioned the video, “Assholes live forever” and appeared to detail the end of her and Saxe’s relationship. “You give me one last kiss and leave your keys there in the foray / You say you’re sorry [and] you never meant to hurt me like you did / Well, I’m sorry to me too,” Michaels belted out.
Pal Maren Morris showed the “Issues” singer support, commenting on the post, “Let it outttttttt 🙌🏼💔.”
Another fan echoed Morris’ sentiments, praising Michaels for speaking her truth. “This is so pure and raw. I can feel your pain,” the social media fan wrote. “Sending you so much love my precious angel ❤️.”
Saxe and Michaels started dating after they wrote 2019’s “If the World Was Ending.” The twosome continued to work together, writing 2021’s “All Your Exes” and “Little Did I Know” off of Michaels’ Not in Chronological Order album, before parting ways.
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Sources: Us Weekly, Music Times, PEOPLE, PEOPLE
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