October 17, 2012 17:17:16 GMT
Season eight's Emily Maynard and Jef Holm have ended their TV romance, insisting what they had was genuine.
Another couple strengthens the doubt that love can grow over a TV show. Emily Maynard and Jef Holm who met and got engaged through "The Bachelorette" have announced that they have broken up and called off the engagement.
"I am sorry to tell you that Jef and I have, indeed, parted ways," Maynard said in a statement to People. "I have nothing but respect and love for Jef and his family, but ultimately we are just at different points in our lives."
Maynard tried to convince that what they had was not made for TV. "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," she said. "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 also said in a statement, "What we shared was completely genuine and real and it breaks my heart but we have decided to break up. 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."
This is the second split in the reality show franchise this week. "The Bachelor" star Ben Flajnik announced his separation from fiancee Courtney Robertson, saying "We weren't as similar as we thought, things just changed, it was a totally mutually agreement." Robertson was seen moving on from Flajnik with Arie Luyendyk Jr., a "Bachelorette" reject from Maynard's season.