A country heartthrob sings about the bitter reality of a breakup in this new single YouTube screenshot/BrettYoungVEVO

Breakups are incredibly hard when you’re not the person in the relationship who decided to end things. The pain can be even worse when the other person says they want to be friends after they’ve broken your heart.

Country star Brett Young has experienced that scenario, and he’s singing about it in his latest country hit, “Like I Loved You.”

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We recently caught up with Brett and asked him to tell us what it felt like to hear someone he loved tell them they just wanted to be friends with him.

He says, “I think it probably felt the same way it feels for everybody hearing that. Man, it’s insulting. You’re breaking my heart. You know you’re breaking my heart. You’re uncomfortable in the conversation. It’s almost like saying after a really bad first date, and you know you’re never going to call the person, and be like, ‘OK, I’ll call you,’ just to get out of the conversation.”

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The situation in “Like I Loved You” is tough regardless of how delicately the dumper tries to approach the dumpee.

“No matter how much the person saying it might actually mean it, they might feel genuine about that, [but] the other person hearing it’s never ready,” Brett says. As for the song that breakup inspired, he says, “I think it’s going to be—and it has already started to be—a concept that people are really connected to, because everybody’s been through it.”

Brett Young will be singing “Like I Loved You,” as well as his two No. 1 hits, “Sleep Without You” and “In Case You Didn’t Know,” when he launches his “Caliville Tour” October 14 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Newcomer Carly Pearce joins him on the road this fall. Go to for tour dates.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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