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Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski call off their 'Bachelorette' engagement


By Reality TV World staff, 07/07/2010 

Another month, another The Bachelor franchise split.

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The Bachelorette couple Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski have called off their engagement, Us Weekly reported Wednesday.

"I love him and I'm really sad, but I have to look out for me," Harris told Us.

"We're both kind of resetting. Jillian isn't happy and I'm definitely sad about the whole thing, but we've got to work through some things on our own if we decide to move forward," Swiderski added.

"[They] are taking some time apart to re-evaluate their relationship," an ABC source subsequently told People.

Swiderski proposed to Harris after she selected him during The Bachelorette's final fifth-season Rose Ceremony, which was filmed in Hawaii in May 2009.

However shortly after the finale aired in July, two former Swiderski girlfriends came forward and claimed they had been -- unbeknownst to each other -- dating and sleeping with Swiderski before, during and even after the filming of The Bachelorette's fifth season. 

Swiderski denied the women's allegations and the Canadian The Bachelorette star stood by her man and moved to his Chicago hometown to continue their relationship last fall. 

Earlier this year, the couple -- who previously canceled plans to announce a wedding date on January's The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love premiere -- had said they were considering following in the footsteps of The Bachelor thirteenth-season couple Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney and turning their wedding into a televised special.

"We're going to use Molly and Jason as a guinea pig, we're going to see how that goes down," Swiderski told Us before ABC aired The Bachelor: Jason and Molly's Wedding in March. "We've gotten to know those guys."

Swiderski and Harris are the second The Bachelor franchise couple to split in recent weeks.  The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love couple Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi ended their relationship two weeks ago, launching a bitter (and still-ongoing) "he said, she said" public feud.

Harris will return to ABC's schedule as a new regular member of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's design team when the reality series' eighth season debuts this fall.

(Photo credit ABC)


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