Vanessa Grimaldi has spoke out for the first time since her split from The Bachelor star Nick Viall, and he’s responded in kind … literally.
As in he also spoke out, as she did. With kind words.
“It’s okay to feel broken. It’s okay to cry,” she captioned an Instagram photo of herself overlooking a pond, literally leaning on a friend.
“It’s okay to lean on a friend,” she continued.
“In the end, it will always be okay.”
Deep stuff for hard times there.
Viall, 36, and Grimaldi, 29, broke up Friday, five months after their proposal on ABC, and 3-4 months later than many felt a split would occur.
“It’s with a great amount of heartbreak for the both us as we have decided to end our engagement,” they said 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,” the duo lamented.
“We will continue to be there for each other no matter what. This hasn’t been an easy decision, however, as we part ways,” they said.
“We do so with lots of love and admiration.”
That’s good at least, but it’s 0-4 for Viall, who appeared on two previous seasons of The Bachelorette and Season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise.
This winter was his turn as the man doling out the roses, picking Vanessa Grimaldi over Raven Gates and Rachel Lindsay on The Bachelor.
Even before getting engaged, Viall and Grimladi struggled with conflicting priorities and deciding where they would continue their relationship.
To put it mildly, Nick is more into the whole fame/celebrity aspect of the show than Vanessa, a special ed teacher from Montreal, Quebec.
Following the Nick Viall-Vanessa Grimaldi split, a source close to them said they were never on the same page and doomed from day one.
It wasn’t just that he loves life in L.A. and had no interest in moving to Canada, although that was a factor. The two just weren’t compatible.
“Their friends knew the relationship wouldn’t last,” said the source. “It was a mismatch from the start. She’s super fun, bubbly and outgoing.”
“He’s more of a serious personality.”
Nick, the insider said, “is more introverted. She would try to bring him out of his shell, but he’s just not as comfortable in big groups.”
As for Viall, he’s handling the split “okay,” the source added, noting that “it wasn’t an overnight decision, and they’re amicable.”
“In times that aren’t great, you have to kind of spend time with your loved ones,” Viall told celebrity news magazine Us Weekly.
“I’m lucky enough to have friends outside of L.A. I’m heading back to Chicago this weekend, which I think will be good for me.”
“I’m trying to stay positive, being around friends and family. And you know, what helps me is just kind of believing in yourself.”
“It helps me stay positive.”
“It’s obviously easy to get insecure and feel bad about yourself. You get in your head about things when things aren’t working out for you.”
“I still love her very much. I’m not afraid to say that,” he added on Monday night. “I like to try new things, get out of my comfort zone.”
“I know I have a lot of work to do,” Viall conceded.
“It’s fun to try [new life experiences] though, and I always appreciate the opportunity to try new things and that’s been a lot of fun.”
“I’m always trying to stay busy, especially right now with things,” Nick added, saying that he’s been leaning on “my friends, my family.”
“Vanessa and I are still very much each other’s support system. We’re trying to do that and it’s a challenge at times,” he added.
“We still realize that we’re there for each other.”
They gave it their best, at least. Here’s how Nick and Vanessa rank among Bachelor couples by longevity … the bar was set low: