Singer Sheryl Crow is keeping her budding romance with musician Doyle Bramhall II low key when they spend time with her children, because she doesn't want the kids be heartbroken if they split.
The All I Wanna Do hit-maker went public with her latest relationship last week when they both attended the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's spring ball in New York.
And although Crow has been friends with Bramhall for years, she admits she's taking it slowly to ensure her two adopted sons, three-year-old Wyatt and 12-month-old Levi, don't get too attached too quickly.
She tells Prevention magazine, "I've been in the situation where I've been involved with people and their kids, and if the relationship doesn't work out, it's heartbreak.
"So I'm keeping the relationship friend-based when we're around the kids. Luckily, we have a great foundation, having known each other for 15 years."
Crow was previously engaged to marry champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, but the couple split in 2006 after three years together.