Lauren Alaina is enjoying a new career high as a competitor on the new season of Dancing With the Stars, but in her personal life, she's dealing with the outcome of a breakup from her "best friend," comedian John Crist.

“I mean, it sucks,” Alaina tells Jana Kramer on a new edition of Kramer's podcast, Whine Down With Jana Kramer, on Monday (Sept. 23) about her recent break up from comedian John Crist. “It's sad."

But Alaina says her "heart is good," regardless.

“It’s kind of weird timing obviously to go through a breakup right before you go on TV, but it has been a good distraction," she tells Kramer. "John (Crist) and I are friends. I mean I love John (Crist.) We were best friends before we dated. It just didn’t work out, you know? But we are friends."

"I just talked to him and he’s really proud of me," she adds.

It’s been a tough year in the love department for the country singer, who also broke off her engagement to Alex Hopkins.

"In the last year I went through a really bad breakup," Alaina remarked in a recent interview with Taylor Magazine, adding that "I would go through that relationship again because I learned so much from it."

It would seem heartbreak may influence in Alaina's new music, too.

“When you go through things like that, it’s hard as a songwriter,” she admits. “As an artist you’re like, 'Thank goodness we went through this!' but as a songwriter you’re like, 'Oh gosh, I have to go and write about this!' Creative people in the industry constantly think about how they can turn something into a song. When there’s pain involved, it’s really hard to get that out."

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