Ireland Baldwin and Slater Trout Split

"I love him more than anything but I need to focus on myself," the model, 18, says

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Ireland Baldwin is making some changes.

Not only did she dye her hair purple, but the model split from her boyfriend Slater Trout, she tells PEOPLE.

“I love him more than anything but I need to focus on myself right now,” the model, 18, says.

“I am focusing on work and school now,” she also told E! News, who first reported the news of the split.

The pair was introduced by a friend via Instagram and Twitter in the fall of 2012, and in May of 2013, Baldwin told PEOPLE how close she and Trout had become.

“I would say he is my best friend,” she said. “We have our moments but that’s rare. We can act stupid in public, private or wherever and we are always laughing.”

Baldwin even sparked rumors of an engagement when she wore a ring on that finger.

Though Trout was based in Hawaii and Baldwin in Los Angeles, the couple made an effort to see each other once a month and had outdoorsy adventures.

“We don’t do normal stuff. We go paddle boarding with humpback whales in Maui,” Trout said. “We go on athletic dates. And very romantic ones too. Like we will go to like a bluff and star gaze and go on trail runs and walk the dogs.”

Trout added that he had become close with Baldwin’s mom, actress Kim Basinger, and later met her father, Alec Baldwin, and posted photos of himself with the Baldwins on Instagram.

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