Just when we were starting to think that Emily Maynard and Jef Holm were going to go quietly away into the night courtesy of updating some information on Facebook and Twitter, we now know that is not even remotely the case. Instead, we saw the two parties issue some incredibly lengthy statements on Tuesday night, and with that, they effectively put the nail in what is the relationship coffin. Emily and Jef are the latest couple to officially split this month, as they are following up Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson’s split from just a week and a half ago. (There was some good ‘Bachelor’ news announced recently, too: J.P Rosenbaum and Ashley Hebert’s wedding special will air in December!)
We’re going to give you the full statements below (via People), and we’re starting off with Emily:
“I am sorry to tell you that Jef and I have, indeed, parted ways. It was a very difficult and heartbreaking decision.
“As you know, at first I wasn’t sure that I should even be ‘The Bachelorette,’ 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.
“I have nothing but respect and love for Jef and his family, but ultimately we are just at different points in our lives.
“I’ve learned so much and I’m grateful for all of the support I’ve received. I’m excited and hopeful for the next chapter in my life with my daughter, Ricki. I do hope that you will respect our privacy and allow us the time we need to heal.”
Meanwhile, here is what Jef had to say:
“Meeting Emily on ‘The Bachelorette’ was an incredible experience, we’ve had quite the journey. I’ve never loved someone so much in my whole life, Emily is the best person and mom I have ever met. She opened up her world to me and I fell in love with her, [her daughter] Ricki, her family and the Hendricks.
“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. I don’t regret a single second I spent with her or Ricki. They both have been a huge part of my life. Who knows what tomorrow will bring but we are moving on to the next chapter of our lives.
“Emily and I are great friends and I hope we can continue to be friends forever. Everyone wants a salacious story to break, but the truth is we are just two people who fell in love and tried our hardest to make it work. I will always love her.”
What do you think about these two statements, and do you find one more powerful than the other? If you want to read some more news about Emily’s runner-up Arie Luyendyk Jr., you can do so over at the link here.