Shortly after reports surfaced Dean and Lesley have split, each individual posted a cryptic Instagram message to followers this past weekend, appearing to confirm the breakup.
"Growing up as a kid I had a crude but utopian idea of what love is. I always had this idea that no matter what you did, no matter how you act, as long as you're true to yourself and act in good conscious, your path would lead you to the one person on this planet you're meant to be with," Dean, 26, wrote alongside a photo of himself.
"As I've gotten older, I've learned that although everyone DESERVES love, it's not something we're entitled to. Love takes work. Love is compromise. Love is earned. I still have a lot of work to do on myself, a lot to prove to myself, before I'm ready for something like that."
Hours after Dean hinted at being responsible for the demise of his relationship, Lesley took to Instagram saying, "Out with the old, in with the true." She also noted it's important to find a partner who is ready to love and be loved.
"It's a bit strange to feel the need to post about this, but I don't think I can honestly resume my normal programming without giving you an explanation -- and maybe that's the wrong word, but I just wanted to thank y'all for the love and respect you've shown me over the past few days," Lesley, 30, captioned a photo of herself looking out a window at a winter scene.
"I spent 5 years away from Bachelor Nation as I lived abroad and traveled for work. I came back to Winter Games because I've seen this franchise work miracles before. ThroughThe Bachelor and my journey around the world, I have made deep connections, true meaningful intimate relationships with many walks of life."
Lesley continued, "I know it's imperative to find someone who chooses us and acknowledges our many layers, who can be open and vulnerable, and most importantly, who is ready. To meet someone and be met. To be chosen and to choose. To love and to be loved. This is everything."
Lesley said it's vital for a person to feel that "same energy" and emotion being "reciprocated."
"Despite how open and loving you attempt to be, people can only meet you as deeply as they've met themselves. Don't be afraid to be the one that loved the most and give everything you had, because you've got to find people who love like you do and who are ready," Lesley explained.
"Out with the old, in with the true. It was a long winter, and I'm excited for a new season. Let the spring cleaning commence. I'm ready."
Dean, a podcast host and startup recruiter, and Lesley, a travel blogger, got to know each other last year while filming The Bachelor Winter Games.
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When updating fans on their seemingly strong and happy romance during the show's World Tells All reunion special in February, Dean got down on one knee and presented the blonde beauty with a key to his apartment.
Before appearing on Winter Games, Dean competed on Rachel Lindsay's season of The Bachelorette but was eliminated after his hometown date. Dean then became a controversial figure on Bachelor in Paradise when he was the center of a love triangle and unable to commit to either Kristina Schulman or Danielle Lombard.
As for Lesley, she found fame on Sean Lowe's edition of The Bachelor back in 2013 and finished in fifth place.