October 21, 2010 09:00 AM

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Newly single and with a new album to promote, Charlotte Church muses “things change” in a new interview with the Telegraph.

The decision to sever ties with former fiancé Gavin Henson was “mutual,” the songstress insists, for the couple had been “growing apart for a little while.”

“It was quietly painful,” she explains. “You just get on with stuff, and then we sat down and said, ‘Are you feeling this as well?'”

Remaining friends remains a priority for Church and Henson, she says, citing their two children Ruby Megan, 3, and Dexter Lloyd, 21 months, as “the most important thing in both of our worlds.”

If any good is to come from the split, it will be evident on Back to Scratch, her sixth studio album.

“Maybe music needs to be pre-empted by a little pain,” she suggests. “Unless you’re Kate Bush, you can’t really write interesting songs about domesticity, washing baby clothes and breastfeeding.”

During happier times, Church, 24, says she “didn’t really have the inspiration” to make music.

“I couldn’t tear myself away from my beautiful babas, to be honest,” she reveals. “But [the break-up] was all going on when I started writing these songs. It wasn’t a heart-wrenching, horrendous emotional turmoil; it was just a kind of sorrow.”

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