Derek Hough & Shannon Elizabeth Split – On Twitter

Derek Hough and Shannon Elizabeth have taken to their Twitter pages to share the news of their break-up.

The couple, who competed together on the sixth season of "Dancing With the Stars" in 2008 and had dated since, both posted Twitter statements on Friday announcing the split.

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"Hi everyone, we wanted you all to know directly from us, that Shannon & I have decided to end our relationship as boyfriend & girlfriend… however, we love and care about eachother very much and will remain friends and in eachothers lives," Derek, 24, wrote.

Shannon, 35, posted a nearly identical message on her own Twitter page, later Tweeting, "Thank you everyone for all your sweet words & encouragement – it really means a lot to me! Xoxo."

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The former "Dancing" duo was the seventh to be eliminated on Season 6. Derek remains a pro on the show, as well as pursuing a musical career with fellow pro Mark Ballas as the Ballas Hough Band.

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