Just a few months after Emily Maynard presented her final rose to Jef Holm on The Bachelorette, the couple is calling it quits.
According to People, Maynard and Holm confirmed their breakup late Tuesday. Maynard called it a “very difficult and heartbreaking decision.”
Maynard also said that while she originally questioned doing the show, it all ended in a positive experience:
“As you know, at first I wasn’t sure that I should even be The Bachelorette,” Maynard 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 what, we tried our best because the love between us was so real”
While Maynard may believe in the show, The Bachelorette has a pretty poor track record at bringing together long lasting couples. Out of eight seasons, only Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter from the first season have made it down the aisle, and are still together. Season seven couple Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum still have a fighting chance as the couple is still together and are planning to be married this December — during a television special, naturally.
Rumors have been swirling that Maynard and Holm were on the outs as both had been frequently spotted apart on opposite coasts.
Holm called his time with Maynard an “incredible experience.”
“I’ve never loved someone so much in my whole life… She opened up her world to me and I fell in love with her, [her 7-year-old daughter] Ricki, her family,” Holm said. “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 will always have a special place in my heart,” he added.