Another ABC Bachelor couple has split. Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff called it quits just two months after their televised engagement. Us Magazine was the first to break the sad news for Bachelor fans.
Soules and Bischoff announced their separation in a joint statement Thursday. The statement revealed that the couple split “mutually and amicably.” They apparently “part with nothing but respect and admiration for one another and will continue to be supportive friends. They wish to thank everyone who has supported them through this journey.”
The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss confirmed the news on Twitter as well. He tweeted that the 33-year-old Iowa farmer and the 29-year-old Chicago fertility nurse were no longer engaged and that it was a “sad day for us at The Bachelor.”
At the time of their engagement, Soules was preparing for his run on Dancing With the Stars. Bachelor host Chris Harrison said in a recent interview that making these sort of choices may not be the best for a new post-Bachelor relationship.
Harrison said that he does not “begrudge anyone for taking advantage of any opportunity.” He said “it’s good money to be on Dancing With the Stars.” However, Harrison said that the couples who have survived got what they wanted–love–and disappeared, according to the New York Times.
His advice to the contestants was to let the show “enhance your life, don’t let it change your life.” He added that for those who let it change them “it’s tough.” He said he hopes that Chris and Whitney can just disappear and starting “building and thinking about themselves.”
So another couple falls apart. Are you surprised?
There have been 30 seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette combined. And out of the 30 possible couples, four are still together. That’s not including couples from spinoff series’ with previous contestants such as Bachelor in Paradise and Bachelor Pad.
Here are the couples who miraculously found love from the reality series’ and held onto it.
Surprisingly Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, from the first season of The Bachelorette, are one of the biggest success stories. They were married in December 2003 and have been together ever since. They have a girl named Blakesley and a boy named Maxwell.
The adorable Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum survived season 7 of The Bachelorette and are another huge success. The two married in 2012 and had a son in 2014; they continue to prove that this kind of show can actually work.
Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried are still proving their love can stand the test of time, and real life, after their run on season 9 of The Bachelorette. Desiree had a rough ride on the show, but she chose Siegfried after getting her heart broken by Brooks Forrester. Good choice, Des. The two married in January 2015 and are still together.
The innocent Sean Lowe and Catherine (Giudici) Lowe met on season 17 of The Bachelor. Lowe proposed to Giudici in the finale and promised to spend the rest of his life making her feel like the most “special, beautiful woman in the world.” It looks like Lowe has stuck with his promise. The two married publicly in 2014 and are still married.
Holly Durst and Blake Julian survived a run on season 2 of Bachelor Pad. Though Durst voted Julian off of the show, she handed him a note claiming it wasn’t over between them. I guess she was telling the truth. The couple married in June 2o12, according to People.
Marcus Grodd and Lacy Faddoul are the only standing couple who made it out of the first season of the ridiculous Bachelor in Paradise series. The two hit it off almost immediately and at the final rose ceremony, Grodd proposed. According to People Magazine, the couple is still engaged and is planning a wedding for summer 2015.
That’s only six couples total. I don’t know about you, but I won’t be searching for love on a TV show.