'The Bachelor' couple Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff call off engagement and split!
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/28/2015
Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff have decided to end their relationship following weeks of reports their relationship had been on the rocks.
Only two months after The Bachelor's nineteenth-season finale aired during which Soules proposed to Bischoff, a 29-year-old former fertility nurse, the couple released a joint statement to the media confirming they've broken up.
"Whitney Bischoff and Chris Soules have mutually and amicably decided to end their engagement," the pair said in a statement obtained by E! News. "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."
As recently as May 7, Bischoff gushed about the six-month anniversary of her engagement on Instagram, however, rumors had been circulating at the time she didn't appreciate Soules' new obsession with fame. Reports had also surfaced Soules, 33, was getting too flirty with his professional partner Witney Carson on Dancing with the Stars.
Bischoff was noticeably absent from the ballroom towards the end of Prince Farming's stint on Dancing with the Stars, but she apparently attended Season 20's finale after-party just six days ago.
The franchise's creator Mike Fleiss broke the news on Twitter Thursday, tweeting, "Sad news to report: @souleschris and @whitbisch are no longer engaged..."
"I'm truly sorry to learn that Chris and Whitney have ended their engagement," Harrison told E! News. "I consider them both friends and will do anything I can to support them during a tough time."
Once Soules' time on Dancing with the Stars was over, he told reporters he had every intention to move from Los Angeles back to his Arlington farm in Iowa with Bischoff and really begin their life together away from cameras and out of the spotlight. He discussed how Bischoff would help him run his family's business, and Bischoff changed jobs so she could basically work from anywhere.
"[Whitney] thought she was getting engaged to a nice, down-to-earth farmer from Iowa, and instead she is dealing with this Hollywood diva. This is definitely not what she signed up for!," an insider told OK! Weekly earlier this month, saying things were already "pretty much over" for the pair.
"Chris thinks he's a big deal now and that Whitney is lucky to be on this ride with him; He's acting like an A-list star. Whitney tries to discuss the wedding and their future and maybe even starting a family, but all he wanted to talk about is his career and... what it takes to be an actor."