One of the most photogenic and wonderful couples ever to be formed within the hallowed halls of Bachelor Mansion has split, and we are shedding some tears. Yep, Kiptyn Locke and Tenley Molzahn confirmed to People today that their 2 ½ year relationship is over — and has been for a little while. Although we suspected something might be up, since they haven’t been photographed together in a while, the runners up released a joint statement on March 29 explaining their break-up.

"With love and respect, we decided to take a break in January,” Kipten tells the magazine. “We are both focused on philanthropic and personal growth at this time, wishing each other the best. Thank you for respecting our privacy."

As fans of the ABC franchise will recall, Bachelor Season 14 runner-up Tenley and Bachelorette Season 5 runner up Kiptyn met on Bachelor Pad’s first season, back in 2010. It was love at first hot tub, and the two have been all smiles since then, running on beaches, walking dogs, and looking like the picture of perfection.

"Thank you for your support always," they said in their statement. We are sad to hear that they’ve split and wish both Tenley and Kiptyn happiness in the future.

Source: People