Lady GaGa has responded to rumours that she and fiancé Taylor Kinney have called it quits, by confirming that the couple are “taking a break”. Gaga and Kinney have been together for five years and announced their engagement on Valentine’s Day last year.

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On Instagram Gaga shared and black and white photo of the couple walking with their arms around each other and wrote: “Taylor and I have always believed we are soulmates. Just like all couples we have ups and downs, and we have been taking a break.”

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“We are both ambitious artists, hoping to work through long-distance and complicated schedules to continue the simple love we have always shared. Please root us on. We're just like everybody else and we really love each other.”

Gaga and Kinney first met in 2011, on the set of her music video ‘You and I’ and began dating several months later. Gaga announced their engagement last Valentine's Day, by sharing a photo of her ring on Instagram and writing: “He gave me his heart on Valentine’s Day, and I said YES!”

Speaking to US Weekly, a source close to Gaga explained: “She started really writing and working on her album and he went back to work in Chicago. They kept going weeks without seeing each other.”

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While the source added that the two were “super bummed out” about taking a break from their relationship, they also noted that “they absolutely could get back together.” The couple previously split in 2012, only to reunite a month later.