Before becoming the runner-up on "American Idol", Crystal Bowersox was a struggling musician in Chicago, playing in coffee shops and at train stations.
After losing the "Idol" crown to Lee DeWyze on Wednesday night, the singer reveled to Ryan Seacrest on his radio show, "On Air With Ryan Seacrest," on Thursday morning that she'd also lost her relationship.
"Big Tony… he went home. He wasn't cool with the lifestyle," Crystal told Ryan. "I didn't break up with him… it was a mutual thing."
The folksy rocker mom has a son, Tony, from a previous relationship. According to Radar Online, the father of her child is also named Tony and hails Bosnia. The singer said that her new found fame has taken its toll on her relationship with Big Tony.
"It's cool though, we're both logical, grown adults," Crystal continued. "He's a small town guy and that'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. It's just been crazy."
The 24-year-old singer said the timing of the split was particularly hard, but that she tried to use the pain to inspire her performance.
"I was a little sad that he did it on performance day, but then again, it set that fire to my belly, you saw it," she explained.
Despite the split, Crystal said she wished Tony well and thanked him for his support during her "Idol" run.
"He's been amazing, he's stuck it out through this whole thing. I was really hoping that he was going to come to the finale," she said. " We're going to friends for a long time."
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