Emily Maynard was originally reticent about helming The Bachelorette Season 8, but her rose-doling duties weren’t for naught; sweet Em found true love in the arms of Utah entrepreneur Jef Holm. However, not all true love lasts, and on late Tuesday the couple announced their split in an official statement to People.
Below are Emily’s words about why she and Jef decided to end their engagement:
"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."