‘American Idol’ Alums Kat & Alex Confirm Their Decision To Split Up, Both Professionally and Personally

“After 4 years of love and music, we have mutually decided to part ways both musically and romantically,” the duo shared.

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Lauren Jo Black

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July 18, 2023

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Kat & Alex, composed of American Idol alums Kat Luna and Alex Garrido, are calling it quotes both personally and professionally. 

The duo took to social media on Monday evening to share the news that the pair will be going their separate ways. 

“As we are writing this, our hearts are heavy to have to make this announcement. After 4 years of love and music, we have mutually decided to part ways both musically and romantically,” the duo’s statement began. “We are so incredibly grateful for the time God has given us together with not only each other, but with y’all.”

They asked fans to continue to stick by them as they explore this next chapter of their lives.   

“Life isn’t always a perfectly straight road, and we are learning everyday how to navigate it. We hold nothing but love for each other in our hearts and ask only for your support and understanding throughout this process.” 

While they will no longer be pursuing music together, their message explained that they will each continue to chase their musical dreams as solo artists under the names Kat Luna and Alex Georgia.  

“It would mean the world to us to have your continued support on our individual journeys. We love y’all so much,” they said in closing. 

Forming Kat & Alex

Kat witnessed Alex singing for the first time at church and wanted to collaborate with him. She later slid into his DMs on Instagram and the pair officially met for the first time to record a cover of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow.” After recording their rendition of the A Star Is Born track, the pair fell in love and went on to form a bond both romantically and musically. 

“We both met for the first time in a park to film a cover of ‘Shallow.’ [Kat] saw Alex play on stage at church, and after some convincing from my friends, I added him on Instagram,” Kat told Country Now. “We both started talking through direct message and text message before finally meeting up to do the cover. After that, the rest is history!”

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The couple went on to audition for American Idol, where they brought their cover of “Shallow” to life in front of the star-studded judges panel. Kat & Alex, who were known as Kat Luna and Space Cowboy on Idol, advanced to Hollywood with their impressive cover of the EMMY-award winning track. 

The pair were split up and were forced to compete as solo artists during Hollywood week of Idol and both later eliminated from the competition.

'American Idol' Contestants Kat Lopez and Alex Garrido; Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC
‘American Idol’ Contestants Kat Lopez and Alex Garrido; Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC

Following Idol, Kat & Alex took to social media, most notably TikTok, to share Spanish renditions of popular songs by artists such as Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, Jason Isbell and many more. Their covers quickly went viral and ultimately led them to making the move to Nashville to pursue a career in country music together.

Trailblazers In Country Music

Upon moving to Nashville, Kat & Alex signed a management deal with The Artist Management Group (AMG), a publishing deal with Warner Chappell, and a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville. 

As a bilingual duo, Kat & Alex were trailblazers in the country music genre. Kat, a native of Miami, Florida, is a first-generation American from a Cuban family. Alex, who is of Puerto Rican descent, grew up in Northwestern Georgia and later moved to Miami.  

Their debut single, “How Many Times,” was released in 2020. The song was released in both Spanish and English and raked in millions of streams. Additional tracks such as “Heartbreak Tour,” “I Want It All,” “You and the Radio,” and more. 

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During their time as a duo, Kat & Alex toured with artists such as Chris Young, Jake Owen, Scotty McCreery, and Restless Road. Kat & Alex also made their Grand Ole Opry debut on October 8, 2021. 

Tying The knot

The couple wed at Cactus Creek Barn in Dickson, Tennessee on January 15, 2021.  

“We chose Cactus Creek Barn because we both have always dreamed of having a barn wedding. Most couples that come from Miami usually go for a beach wedding, but we have always had a different idea of how we wanted our dream wedding to look,” Kat told PEOPLE of their big day. “We really wanted an atmosphere that made everyone feel like they’re at an intimate celebration in our own home.”

At the time, she added, “We’ve been talking about this day since shortly after we met.”

For their first dance, they chose “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice.  

Kat & Alex; Photo by Matthew Berinato
Kat & Alex; Photo by Matthew Berinato

After tying the knot, Kat & Alex continued to focus on their musical endeavors.  

“It is truly an incredible thing to be able to play music together. Music was already such a large part of our personal lives,” they previously told Country Now. “Since we get to play music for a living, it feels like we never have to go to work. We get to live out our dreams every day and create music just like we always have since the day we met.”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.