Ready your tissues, y’all; Jef Holm and ex-Bachelorette Emily Maynard have officially confirmed their breakup in a statement to People. Just days after Wetpaint exclusively reported that the couple had ended their engagement, Jef changed his Facebook status to “single” — and then, late Tuesday, the official word broke hearts ‘round the globe.

Here is the full text of Jef’s thoughtful statement about the end of his relationship with Emily:

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"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." 

Source: People