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    Alanis & Ryan: Former Infatuation Junkies

    On the bright side, maybe Alanis Morissette will be returning to platinum-selling angst-filled form. 

    The Grammy winner and fiancé Ryan Reynolds have split up after nearly four years of dating and a year and a half after the Van Wilder star popped the question, the duo's reps confirmed to E! News

    "Ryan Reynolds and Alanis Morissette have mutually decided to end their engagement," publicists Dvora Vener and Meredith O'Sullivan said in a joint statement.

    "They remain close friends and continue to have the utmost love and admiration for each other. They ask that their privacy be respected surrounding this personal matter." 

    The Canadian-born couple, who shared homes in Vancouver and Los Angeles, swallowed a similar jagged little pill last June when reports of a breakup made the rounds. By October, however, they had been spotted holding hands and kissing, looking very much betrothed. 

    The pair never set a date for their big day, with Morissette telling People in 2005 that she and her actor beau were "just really enjoying the engagement phase." 

    "We feel like we're already married," the "You Oughta Know" howler said. 

    While Morissette, 32, hit the ground running in 1995 with her megahit U.S. debut Jagged Little Pill, her next three studio albums—Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, Under Rug Swept and So-Called Chaos—never reached the same heights, in part because fans (and critics) just couldn't get behind the idea of a cheerier-sounding Morissette. 

    The singer-songwriter is reportedly busy penning tunes for her next album, due out later this year, and she told Rolling Stone last January that she has been working on a memoir. 

    "It will be all the wisdom I've accrued in the 31 years of my life," Morissette said jokingly. "A lot about relationships, fame, travel, body-image issues, spirit—with a lot of self-deprecating humor peppered throughout, 'cause I just can't help it."

    Reynolds, 30, is currently on the big screen in the shoot-'em-up crime caper Smokin' Aces and is up next in Chaos Theory with Scrubs star Sarah Chalke, followed by the romantic comedy Definitely, Maybe.

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