American Idol 2010: Crystal Bowersox broke up with boyfriend hours before final

American Idol runner up Crystal Bowersox has revealed that she was feeling pretty emotional going into the final night of performances this week, because she broke up with her long term boyfriend that morning.

24 year old Ohio singer, Crystal, almost moved us to tears with her moving rendition of Patty Griffin‘s “Up to the Mountain” on the first night of the American Idol finale. She has since revealed that the emotion wasn’t faked in the slightest.

“[My boyfriend] Tony, he went home. He wasn’t cool with the lifestyle,” Crystal revealed on Ryan Seacrest‘s 102.7 KIIS-FM radio show this morning.

She said that the decision to part was ‘completely mutual,’ adding that Tony just couldn’t cope with the pace and hectic lifestyle that comes with a high profile music career.

“We’re both logical, grown adults,” she said. “He’s a small town guy and it’s fine. But I’m a small town girl but I want this. I want this more than anything — this career, this lifestyle. I didn’t think he was up for it. He didn’t think he was up for it.”

But Bowersox doesn’t resent Tony for his inability to cope. In fact she said that they would be friends ‘for a long time’ adding:

“He’s been amazing. He stuck it out through this whole thing.”

Idol judge Kara DioGuardi accompanied Crystal to the radio show and offered her some sage words of advice on hearing her news. She said:

“You have to do your music. It’s not a choice for you. It’s what makes you whole. If somebody can’t hang with that — I’m sure he’s a lovely guy but right now this is your dream.”

We think if Crystal had mentioned this before the final, it would have won her a great number of sympathy votes. However we respect her more because she didn’t!

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!