jef holm emily maynard abc Emily Maynard and Jef Holm split, finally, officially   try to contain your shockSo much “Bachelor” franchise heartbreak lately — first Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson end their sham and and now Emily Maynard and Jef Holm have dropped the charade.

Oh, sorry. We mean — both couples have split and we’re just sick about it.

In statements to People, Maynard and Holm confirm the split. Maynard says:

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.

And Holm says:

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.

So there you have it, “Bachelor” fans. Thank goodness we have Molly and Jason expecting a baby, and Ashley and J.P. planning a wedding, or we just don’t know how we’d carry on.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."