It looks like Bachelor Chris Soules is a bachelor again.
The reality star and Whitney Bischoff have split up, just two months after he proposed on the season 19 finale of the ABC reality dating show.
“Whitney Bischoff and Chris Soules have mutually and amicably decided to end their engagement,” the couple said in a joint statement. “They 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.”
Whitney, 29, had beat out fellow finalist Becca Tilley for the heart of Chris, 33, in the show’s finale.
The two dispelled rumors of a possible split when the show ended and Chris began competing on Dancing With the Stars.
“We’re together and we’re in love,” Chris told Us Weekly at the May 4 broadcast of DWTS. “We’re making the best of a really cool situation that we’re both a part of that’s not going to last much longer… We’re just normal people living a kind of abnormal life for a couple more weeks.”
Bachelor host Chris Harrison was rooting for the couple to work. “I was really sorry to hear this morning that Chris and Whitney had ended their engagement, obviously from our last show The Bachelor,” he wrote on his blog. “He went on to do Dancing With the Stars and moved back to Iowa and I thought they had given it a go and were going back together but apparently not.”
Now, we’re left to wonder if the couple’s relationship was only a ruse for television. What do you think?