'Bachelorette' Couple Emily Maynard and Jef Holm Confirm Their Split
The pair -- who got engaged on the ABC show in July -- have confirmed their upcoming nuptials are off.
"I am sorry to tell you that Jef and I have indeed, parted ways," Maynard said in a statement to People magazine. "It was a very difficult and heartbreaking decision."
So why have they decided to end their engagement?
"As you know, at first I wasn't sure that I should even be The Bachelorette," she said. "But I am a hopeless romantic and I do believe in the show.
"I have no regrets because I did find love and shared an incredible journey with a really special person - and you know that we tried our best because the love between us was so real.
"I have nothing but respect and love for Jef and his family, but ultimately we are just at different points in our lives.
"I've learned so much and I'm grateful for all of the support I've received. I'm excited and hopeful for the next chapter in my life with my daughter, Ricki. I do hope that you will respect our privacy and allow us the time we need to heal."
"Meeting Emily on The Bachelorette was an incredible experience, we've had quite the journey," he said. "I've never loved someone so much in my whole life, Emily is the best person and mom I have ever met. She opened up her world to me and I fell in love with her, [her daughter] Ricki, her family and the Hendricks.
"She has a great group of people who surround her. What we shared was completely genuine and real and it breaks my heart but we have decided to break up.
"Emily and I are great friends and I hope we can continue to be friends forever. Everyone wants a salacious story to break, but the truth is we are just two people who fell in love and tried our hardest to make it work. I will always love her."
The lengthy confirmation from both parties follow weeks of speculation that the couple's romance had fizzled out.
Maynard and Holm's announcement also comes just days after Bachelor star Ben Flajnik and fiancee Courtney Robertson confirmed their split.