Another “Bachelor” couple bites the dust. A couple months after the Season 19 finale of the ABC reality series aired, creator Mike Fleiss has confirmed that Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff have ended their relationship. Fleiss posted the following message on Twitter:
Chris, 33, proposed to Whitney, 29, during the finale of “The Bachelor.” The episode aired on March 9, at which time the pair were finally able to publicly come out as a couple. Chris, a farmer from Iowa, broke things off with runner-up Becca in order to be with the fertility nurse from Chicago. But despite their engagement, the couple did not immediately relocate to be with one another.
Rumors of a breakup began to spread while Chris appeared on “Dancing With the Stars.” Although Whitney was in the audience for the first six weeks, she became absent towards the end of his time on the series. Her absence during his final performances became a hot subject, however Chris insisted that the pair were still on good terms.
"She's got a life, too. She's got a job and she's got a career and she's doing that," Chris told Fox411 in early May. "She's gotta do what makes her happy, and I'm focused on [DWTS] and having a great time, and she's happy for me. We're making the best of a really cool situation that we're both a part of that's not going to last much longer."
A few days later, the couple celebrated the six-month anniversary of their engagement. “The Bachelor” star, who earned the nickname Prince Farming, even posted pictures of his fiancé riding the tractor on his Iowa farm. "Her first day planting corn," he captioned one photo. He called her "a natural" in another shot that showed her riding some farming equipment.
The couple released the following joint statement to Us Weekly after their split: "Whitney Bischoff and Chris Soules have mutually and amicably decided to end their engagement. They part with nothing but respect and admiration for one another and will continue to be supportive friends. They wish to thank everyone who has supported them through this journey."