'Bachelor' Winner Courtney Robertson Must Return Engagement Ring After Split From Ben Flajnik (EXCLUSIVE)
It looks like diamonds aren’t forever -- at least not for Courtney Robertson.
The Ford model has not only called it quits with her fiancée of nine months, Bachelor star Ben Flajnik, but has to return the gorgeous engagement ring that solidified their union.
“Courtney can’t keep the ring,” a source close to Robertson told Celebuzz.
Will she give it back?
The Sonoma winemaker, 30, got down on one knee to propose to Robertson, 29, on the season finale of the hit ABC show in March, and surprised her with a 3-carat cushion-cut custom Neil Lane sparkler.
And while she now has to return the jewel, it looks like she’s holding on to the happy memory for just a little bit longer.
“She hasn’t returned it just yet, but she will by next week,” added the source.
The whopping $85,000 bauble isn’t the first Bachelor-inspired ring to be returned. Robertson joins a long list of Bachelors and Bachelorettes who have split just before saying “I do,' including: Brad Womack and Emily Maynard; Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi; and Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez.
“The rings are all pretty valuable and within the $60,000-$80,000 range. If every Bachelor and Bachelorette who broke up kept the rings, Neil would be broke!” said the source.
“It’ll make it's way onto someone else’s finger.”
The former couple confirmed the break-up last week.
“After meeting over a year ago, we have decided to end our romantic relationship,” Flajnik and Robertson said in a joint statement. “The ups and downs weighed heavily on us both and ultimately we started to grow apart because of the distance, time apart, and our need to focus on our respective careers.”
Robertson even spoke about it just a couple days ago, telling WetPaint, “More than anything, I want people to know there wasn’t some huge fight or one specific thing that led to it,” she said. “There’s really no story to tell other than the fact that it just wasn’t working out.”