The couple took to social media to thank fans for their support during this difficult time.
Prince Farming tweeting yesterday:
I can't thank you all enough for the kind messages over the past few days. This has been really tough and your support means a lot to me.
— Chris Soules (@souleschris) May 29, 2015
Bischoff, meanwhile, posted to Instagram, “Now this little gal knows how to make me smile! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your outpouring love, kindness and support! It means so much to me!”
The couple had released a joint statement that read, in part, they “have mutually and amicably decided to end their engagement.”
In light of the backlash The Bachelor and The Bachelorette faced after Soules and Bischoff announced their split (just one of many couples who didn’t last after the final rose), original Bachelorette Trista Suttercame to the series’ defense.
She retweeted creator Mike Fleiss’ tweet that said, “3 weddings in 2 years ain’t bad, #Bachelornation …” and added,
And I'll raise u an 11 yr marriage. Hard work? Yes! Any marriage is! But without Bachelorette, no intro, no marriage https://t.co/TaUfAuMJlh
— Trista Sutter (@tristasutter) May 29, 2015
And she’s right. The Bachelor franchise has had at least one successful love story…
The couples Fleiss refers to include Bachelor Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici, Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried, and Bachelorette Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum.