In this summer of celebrity breakups, one stood out as particularly heartbreaking — Rosalía and Rauw Alejandro. The Puerto Rican singer and Spanish performer called it quits at the end of July, immediately generating a deluge of social media chatter. What made it even more poignant was that just a few months earlier, they had happily shared plans to marry, eagerly looking forward to their future together. Amid swirling rumors about their separation, the pair tried to address speculation with separate statements. They chose to keep the details of the breakup under wraps, but things took an unexpected turn when Rauw Alejandro released a heartfelt ode to Rosalía in which he not-so-subtly expresses his longing for her and reveals his desire for them to get back together.
Hayumi Hana, which means rare and beautiful flower in Japanese, is the title of Rauw Alejandro’s new song. He sings about his reasons for the breakup, never mentioning Rosalia by name, but calls her “Motomami,” the title of her third studio album. He sings with raw emotion about her Los Angeles album, her Grammy Awards, his tattoo of her name and their home together. Rauw Alejandro claims “no grudges,” and that “I may stop writing you, but I’ll never stop loving you.” He also wants to put the rumors of his infidelity to rest: “I’ll be many things, but never unfaithful.”
The song is a farewell love letter, admitting that he didn’t want to break up, despite all the arguments and miscommunication caused by distance and busy careers. “The life we live is not for everyone / Press, social media, peer pressure / Being far away makes everything harder / Things are easier together / We work all the time, but why? / Being together is worth more than all the money and fame.”
Rauw Alejandro openly expresses his longing for Rosalía, reminiscing about their warm embraces, shared nights, and how his most cherished moments were undoubtedly spent together. “You are pure joy, you are my cure,” he sings, hinting that the door open to reconciliation. “If fate reunites us once more in this journey called life, I shall not question why / How can I see the dawn without you for the rest of my life? / I honestly don’t know.” He also addresses the rumors that he cheated on Rosalía: “I’ll be many things, but never unfaithful / She always had the password to my phone / Something else beyond my control.” Besides expressing his personal feelings for Rosalía, he praises her talent and artistry in the song. “Your voice calms the storm / Thousands of people think so / It’s not me talking — it’s my feelings.”
The couple’s unexpected breakup, after their March engagement announcement, was first reported by People magazine on July 25. With no immediate denial or confirmation from the couple, social media was flooded the next day with accusations of Rauw Alejandro’s cheating. He eventually posted a message on social media confirming their separation and denying any infidelity. “Yes, a few months ago, Rosi and I ended our engagement. There are thousands of things that can cause people to split, but in our case it was not due to third parties or infidelity. As I am getting my head around all this, erroneous public allegations have been made, and because of the respect I have for her, for our families and for everything in our lives, I can’t remain silent and watch how they try to destroy the most real love story that God has allowed me to live.” Hours later, Rosalía broke her silence: “I love, respect, and admire Raul very much. I don’t pay attention to the gossip; we know what we’ve lived through.”
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