Brandy Calls Off Engagement to Ryan Press, The Boy Is Not Hers

The boy is, ahem, not hers (or mine, but still). Brandy has called off her engagement to Ryan Press, to whom she had been engaged since December 2012. But hey! They're still friends, so I doubt she's sitting in her room singing "Have You Ever" at this point in time.

The 35-year-old singer (damn, does that make you feel old? Don't you remember the Moesha days?) and her ex-fiance have decided to, according to her rep, "take a step back and reevaluate the relationship." After all, Brandy is focusing on "becoming her own woman." And to clarify? "The engagement is off but the friendship is on, and beyond that, despite calling it quits, the two actually speak all of the time, you know, as friends do.

This would have been the Grammy winner's first marriage. However, she does have a 12-year-old daughter, Sy'rai, with her ex boyfriend, Robert Smith.

As disheartening as it may be to watch a celebrity we've been following for what feels like ages lose the opportunity for love, it's also refreshing to see a woman choose to focus on her career and abandon a relationship she feels inhibits her from becoming her own woman. The boy may not be hers, but unlike in the chart-topping 1998 earworm, it seems like she just may be okay with that.