Nick Viall Speaks Out on Vanessa Grimaldi Split: “I Still Love Her Very Much” (UPDATE)
UPDATE (8/29/2017 at 11:45 a.m. ET):
Instead of the usual social media route, the Bachelor 2017 star spoke with the press to share his feelings after calling it quits on their engagement.
“I still love her very much. I'm not afraid to say that,” he tells Us Weekly.
Nick adds that he’s making a point to stay busy, and opened up about his “support system” — noting that Vanessa is still a big part of that.
"My friends, my family and Vanessa and I are still very much each other's support system," he reasons.
He continues, "We're trying to do that and it's a challenge at times, but we still realise that we're there for each other.
Also helping the Bachelor to cope is staying "positive."
He explains, "What helps me is just kind of believing in yourself. 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."
For now, he's looking to the future and making some changes in his current lifestyle.
"I like to try new things, get out of my comfort zone. I know I have a lot of work to do in that arena. And it's fun to try and I always appreciate the opportunity to try new things and that's been a lot of fun," he concludes.
Stay tuned to Wetpaint for this developing story, and click through for Vanessa's response to the split.
Original story (8/29/2017 at 10:45 a.m. ET):
While many have speculated over the reason for the breakup, one thing remains clear: The Canadian beauty is heartbroken.
In their joint statement on August 25, Nick and Vanessa said, “It's with a great amount of heartbreak for the both us as we have decided to end our engagement.
“We gave this relationship our all and we are saddened that we did not get the fairytale ending we hoped for.”
That deliberately vague profession didn’t tell us much about how the were really feeling about the end of their engagement.
Then, we went a full three days without hearing a thing from either party on the matter — on social media or otherwise.
But no more!
On August 28, the 29-year-old gal took to Instagram for her first post-split message to fans.
Instead of addressing the end of her relationship directly, she opted for an emotional quote paired with a heartbreaking image.
“It's okay to feel broken. It's okay to cry. It's okay to lean on a friend. In the end, it will always be okay,” she writes.
Alongside the caption? A shot of herself leaning on her female friend Adriana.
As of publication, her Bachelor ex had yet to speak out on the matter, though last we heard the Wisconsin native was doing “OK” after their “amicable” parting of ways.
This is likely because the breakup was a long time coming — at least, according to those close to the couple.
“Their friends knew the relationship wouldn’t last,” one source recently detailed.
The insider added, “It was a mismatch from the start. She’s super fun, bubbly and outgoing and he’s more of a serious personality and more introverted.
“The relationship just wasn’t working, and it wasn’t what it needed to be for them to get married,” the source stated.
“There honestly wasn’t a last straw or any real drama.”