Credit: WENN Photo: Brad Womack and Emily Maynard in The Bachelor Season 15, Episode 7

Recently engaged Bachelor Season 15 couple Brad Womack and Emily Maynard aren’t talking to the press right now, but they did issue a statement through ABC:

"At long last, Emily and I can be open to the world and each other about our relationship. Though we are madly in love, it has been a bumpy couple of months for us and our priority right now is to focus on our relationship. We hope that you can respect our privacy as we return to normalcy and begin our off-screen lives together.”

We wish them the best of luck! Still, we can’t help but point out that if Brad and Emily weren’t ready for the post-finale media scrutiny, they should have given more thought to signing up for The Bachelor. (Especially Brad — he knew exactly what he was getting himself into!) Fans of this show, and we definitely include ourselves, are voracious for any and every scrap of news — even if it’s incorrect. In our opinion, Brad and Emily should maintain a united front and refute the false stories, rather than step away from the limelight. We say this because we care!

Let’s drum up some hope for their future and relive their happiest moment:

Credit: YouTube Photo: Flashback! Emily Maynard and Brad Womack Get Engaged on The Bachelor Season 15 Finale (VIDEO)