Cody Simpson on Gigi Hadid Breakup: 'I Love My Ex-Girlfriend, I Always Will'

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Cody Simpson and Gigi Hadid attend the Official H&M Loves Coachella Party at the Parker Palm Springs on April 10, 2015 in Palm Springs, California. 

Two months after he and model girlfriend Gigi Hadid went their separate ways, Australian pop singer Cody Simpson has no regrets.

"I love my ex-girlfriend, I always will. It was an amicable, mutual decision, and we still talk every now and then, but the highly publicized thing made me uncomfortable,” he told DuJour. “Going out to dinner and there being all this paparazzi and stuff ... as soon as we split I had the realization that I was straying away from who I was as a whole person. I want to keep it low-key and focus on my music.”

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The "New Problems" singer said he just wants to be a normal 18-year-old guy who hangs out with his crew, gets drunk and jams on his guitar. “I feel like at 18, you’re half of someone else, as opposed to all of yourself," he said. "You’re still figuring yourself out. ... John Mayer didn’t release his first album until he was 23. I have five years until I’m even there. I’m not worried.”

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Simpson is currently promoting his new album Free, which came out July 10.

Listen to the second single from the album here: