The LOSE MY BREATH singer, 24, enjoyed a low-key romance with a man in her native Illinois for three years, but once she felt she was ready to make a commitment, she hastily sought spiritual advice.
She says, "If one person is doing well, and another's trying to get there, it can be trying. Keep your morals and don't bend for anyone.
"I was close to marriage. I prayed and said, 'God, you have to show me. If it ain't right, let me know.' All of a sudden, red flags started popping up."
She adds, "He's still a good man... talented... but he just was not for me.
"Sometimes you have to go through something to get to something. So I got to God. And I think it's part of growing pains because I had never been through nothing. I didn't know what it was to have a broken heart. My relationship was going great.
"But my mother always used to say, 'Keep on living and you're gonna go through something.' She sure did."15/02/2005 03:08