A relative of Tony Kusian has told RadarOnline.com that his family is ‘sad’ that he has split-up with American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox.
Bowersox dropped the bombshell on Ryan Seacrest’s morning show that she had called it quits with her boyfriend who had been with her in Los Angeles recently.
The talented performer told the Idol host that the decision was mutual and her boyfriend went home because he wasn't cool with "the lifestyle."
"He didn't think he was up for it," Bowersox told Seacrest of her boyfriend.
Bowersox claimed the breakup helped fuel the emotion in her standout performance of Up to the Mountain in the final against Idol winner Lee Dewyze.
Tony’s uncle Fred Kusian told RadarOnline: “It sad they were a sweet couple and I met Crystal a few times and everybody liked her.
“Tony is a pretty quiet person and he has a good job as an engineer here in Ohio, so, maybe he didn’t like the limelight that much.
“He really dotted on Crystal’s little boy Tony and they had been together for sometime which is a shame.
“I want what they want - whatever makes them happy - who knows what will happen because the path of true love never runs smoothly.”
Viewers of Idol this season regularly saw Kusian in the audience cheering-on his talented girlfriend who was the favorite to win this year’s competition.
Ironically, the biological father of her young son is also called Tony but he now lives overseas.
It’s understood that Tony Kusian has already headed back to Ohio while his now famous girlfriend starts to plan her recording career back in Los Angeles.