After weeks of cheating and breakup rumors, the couple confirmed the split to People.com on Tuesday. "I am sorry to tell you that Jef and I have, indeed, parted ways," said Maynard. "It was a very difficult and heartbreaking decision.
She went on to say she had doubts about doing “The Bachelorette” after failing to make it work with “Bachelor” Brad Womack, but that she was a “hopeless romantic” and felt she had found love with Jef.
Emily explained, "I have nothing but respect and love for Jef and his family, but ultimately we are just at different points in our lives. 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."
Holm also gave a statement, saying, "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… What we shared was completely genuine and real and it breaks my heart but we have decided to break up.”
He continued, "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."
Holm, who relocated to Charlotte last month, has been spending more time in Los Angeles promoting his company, People Water. Maynard, meanwhile, has been quietly going about her life with her 7-year-old daughter in Charlotte.
“The Bachelorette” Emily Maynard unfortunately did not finding her happily ever after… again. The reality TV star and fiancé Jef Holm have ended their engagement.