Emily Maynard says she and Brad Womack, who proposed to her on the finale of the previous 15th season of the ABC dating reality show "The Bachelor," are no longer engaged, more than a month after it was reported the two had broken up.
"The demise of our relationship was completely my fault," Womack, 38, said in a statement to People magazine, which features Maynard, 25, on its latest cover.
Maynard opens up about the split in interviews with the magazine and with "Bachelor" host Chris Harrison, the latter of which is set to air during the show's spinoff, "The Bachelorette," on July 11. Maynard wants to put an end to "all the media speculation" so that she and her 6-year-old daughter, Ricki, "can move on and get back to normal," People said, adding that Womack declined to participate in the "Bachelorette" segment.
An ABC spokesperson had no immediate comment. A network statement said that during the segment, "A reluctant Emily sits down with Chris Harrison to explain how she confronted her struggle with living in the public eye. Then she reveals whether or not she and Brad are engaged - all in hopes of putting to rest the rumors swirling around her."
In late May, Maynard was spotted in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina without the Neil Lane engagement ring that Womack gave her, Us Weekly reported, quoting sources as saying that the couple had broken up and that the split was initiated by Maynard, who reportedly couldn't deal with the long distance nature of the relationship.
In March, Maynard and Womack said in statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com: "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."
Also in March, Womack told OnTheRedCarpet.com that it has been so long since he's seen the woman he chose in the finale, that he's not even sure if there's still a relationship.
Jake Pavelka, star of the 14th season of "The Bachelor" and Vienna Girardi, the woman he chose as the winner, also ended up breaking up. Pavelka opened up about the split to People magazine and the two reunited for an interview that was broadcast during "The Bachelorette" in July 2010.The two traded insults in the pre-taped confrontation.
The episode was watched by approximately 9.1 million viewers, marking a slight decrease from the previous week. The most recent "Bachelorette" show, which aired on Monday, was seen by some 8 million people.
Pavelka and Girardi both appear on the second season of another spinoff, ABC's "Bachelor Pad," which is set to premiere on August 8. Also starring on the show - Kasey Kahl, a former "Bachelorette" contestant who is currently dating Girardi.
However, other "Bachelor" couples' off-air relationships have worked out. Trista Rehn, ABC's first "Bachelorette" star, married winning contestant Ryan Sutter, a firefighter, in 2003. Their ceremony was seen in a special titled "Trista and Ryan's Wedding." They live in Colorado and have two children.
Jesse Csincsak, winner of the fourth season of "The Bachelorette," ended up splitting from the show's star, DeAnna Pappas. However, he later met Ann Lueders, who starred on the 13th season of "The Bachelor" on a cruise for former contestants of both shows. They married in August 2010 and Lueders gave birth to their son in February 2011.
Jason Mesnick, who was rejected by Pappas on "The Bachelor," became the star of the 13th season of "The Bachelorette" and proposed to Melissa Rycroft, who was deemed the winner. Mesnick later said on a "Bachelorette" special that he was still in love with Molly Malaney. She married him in February 2010 and their wedding was featured on the special "The Bachelor: Jason and Molly's Wedding."