Lady Gaga first sparked speculation of a split when she didn't wear her engagement ring to the Grammys

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February 20, 2019 02:05 PM

Lady Gaga may have officially announced her split from fiancé Christian Carino on Tuesday, but friends and fans have been wondering if perhaps the clues were there all along.

A source tells PEOPLE the couple split “a bit ago,” and it appears the signs they had gone their separate ways were already out in the open.

The A Star Is Born actress, 32, first sparked speculation that her wedding was off when she appeared at the Grammy Awards Feb. 10 sans engagement ring.

Carino — whom a second source confirms supported Gaga the weekend prior at her Las Vegas residency — did not accompany the star to the ceremony, despite the fact that he was by her side for the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes.

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Gaga also did not give the CAA agent a shoutout in her speech when she accepted the trophy for best pop duo or group performance for “Shallow.”

She did, however, thank God, her family, the Grammys and costar Bradley Cooper.

Days later, Valentine’s Day proved to be another major hint that their relationship was over.

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Carino last shared a photo of Gaga to his Instagram page Feb. 5, a snap of her back along with the Marilyn Monroe quote, “Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.”

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But the star was conspicuously absent from his feed on Valentine’s Day, and a third source tells PEOPLE they spent the holiday apart.

Gaga, meanwhile, celebrated the day on social media not with a nod to Carino, but with the debut of a new tattoo, a rose up her spine in reference to her Star Is Born role.

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“Happy Valentine’s Day. A tattoo toast to ‘la vie en rose’ by the beautiful @winterstone my spinal cord is now a rose,” she wrote.

She showed off additional ink that same day on her inner arm that featured the musical notes “G” and “A” on sheet music.

Gaga and Carino started dating in February 2017, though a Carino source tells PEOPLE it may have been doomed from the start.

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“Their friends knew they weren’t going to work out in the long run,” according to a source close to Carino. “It always seemed Christian was more into the relationship than Gaga was.”

She was previously engaged to Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney before they split in 2016.

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