March 17th, 2011
10:28 AM ET
Don't expect the newest "Bachelor" couple, Brad Womack and Emily Maynard, to appear on TV anytime soon. Womack says he and Maynard will be spending time out of the spotlight in order to work on their relationship.
The former "Bachelor" says in a statement, "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."
Speculation about the couple's relationship grew during Monday's "After the Final Rose" special, where both admitted to briefly breaking up between their proposal and the "Final Rose" taping. Maynard said during the special that she was jealous watching Womack romance other women on TV, and both admitted to having volatile fights both on the phone and face-to-face.
"Bachelor" host Chris Harrison says he understands what both are going through.
"It's easy to take shots at them, but relationships are hard," Harrison says. "I think they will fight like hell and work this out. Before, you had two stubborn people who were apart. Now they are together, and they have a unified front."
Harrison laments that gossip about "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" hopefuls also took a toll on the couple.
"I read some tabloid website that they've already broken up. All you can do with these stupid reports is just laugh them off. They are bigger than this. Leave them alone and let them have a relationship."
Monday's "Final Rose" special saw three successful "Bachelor" couples join Harrison in helping Womack and Maynard find common ground. Harrison thought the special helped the two take the next step in their relationship.
"The whole hour was like a therapy session," he said. "I wanted to help Brad and Emily get through these bumps. As long as they're genuine with me, I'll do what it takes to help them."
Harrison says Womack and Maynard are now spending time together, both in Texas and North Carolina. He doesn't know what the future holds for them, but he's optimistic.
"I hope they get married soon, but I don't know when," Harrison notes. "If they get married, I'll be there."
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