October 17th, 2012
01:00 PM ET
Perhaps "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" should start airing a disclaimer: What happens on the show stays on the show, since some relationships don't seem to last once it's over.
"I am sorry to tell you that Jef and I have, indeed, parted ways," Maynard says in a lengthy statement. "I have nothing but respect and love for Jef and his family, but ultimately we are just at different points in our lives."
The decision to separate was "very difficult and heartbreaking," Maynard continued. "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."
Holm, who to the dismay of some fans beat out both Sean Lowe (the new "Bachelor") and Arie Luyendyk, Jr., told People that he's "never loved someone so much" in his life, and that he and Maynard remain "great friends."
"What we shared was completely genuine and real and it breaks my heart but we have decided to break up," Holm said. "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."
Interestingly enough, iReporter Chris Morrow spoke with Maynard and Holm on September 26 at the San Diego Film Festival, and at the time, the pair brushed off the gossip. Check it out below:
What do you think? Were you at all surprised by the end of Emily and Jef?
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