After weeks of rumors, it’s now been confirmed that Bachelor stars Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi have broken up.
The split has long been anticipated by fans of the series, but Nick and Vanessa maintained that despite frequent reports to the contrary, all was well within their relationship.
Today, Grimaldi and Viall confirmed that after a whirlwind romance that began in front of millions of viewers, they have decided to call off their engagement.
“It’s with a great amount of heartbreak for the both us as we have decided to end our engagement,” the couple told E! News in a joint statement.
“We gave this relationship our all and we are saddened that we did not get the fairytale ending we hoped for.”
They added that the decision to split was mutual and their mutual affection remains intact:
“We will continue to be there for each other no matter what. This hasn’t been an easy decision, however, as we part ways, we do so with lots of love and admiration for each other,” their statement read.
As recently as last month, Nick and Vanessa reported that they were loving life as a high-profile, co-habiting couple in Los Angeles.
“We’re just not really spending a lot of time apart,” Nick told E! at a charity event on July.
“She’s spending a lot of time out here in L.A. and we’ll keep doing that.”
The couple said at the time that they also made frequent trips to Grimaldi’s hometown of Montreal.
As fans of the series know, Bachelor breakups are nothing new, and couples who hit it off on the ABC series rarely make it to the altar.
But despite the so-called “Bachelor curse,” Nick and Vanessa reportedly never had any doubts that they would be successful in their efforts to make their romance work.
“They don’t hide the fact that this is all very new. But they’re putting in the work,” a source recently said of the couple.
“They want this relationship to succeed.”
Viall popped the question with the help of a $100,000 engagement ring on The Bachelor Season 21.
Despite widespread skepticism, both parties maintained that their romance was the real deal.
Unfortunately, fans didn’t need any of those persistent Bachelor spoilers to know this relationship wouldn’t last.
Details of the breakup remain scarce, but insiders say the situation wasn’t helped by Grimaldi’s thirst for fame and reported jealousy over Nick receiving the majority of the spotlight.
Whatever the reason, Nick and Vanessa have now joined the very long list of Bachelor/Bachelorette couples who just couldn’t keep the romance going off camera.