“It hurts to announce that at this moment, we have mutually decided to separate. Never did we imagine this scenario, but we’ve come to a point where we both need to work on ourselves,” the pair told “Bachelor Nation” in a statement on Friday. “We are best friends that love and care for each other so deeply. We’ve appreciated everyone’s love and support so far throughout our journey and we just ask that you please respect our privacy as we navigate through this.”
Following the announcement, Neilson took to Instagram to share her side of the story claiming she and Randone are still on good terms.
“We FaceTimed last night and were talking about how surreal the past couple years have been,” she wrote. “And how LUCKY we are to have found one another. We knew that taking a ‘conscious separation’ would be difficult to explain to all of our supporters, friends and fans.. and we knew of the potential tabloid frenzy that would incur… but we care so deeply about one another that we were willing to take the risk, as WE feel that this is the right move for US.”
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Thank you to everyone for your support as Chris and I navigate this new chapter. We FaceTimed last night and were talking about how surreal the past couple years have been. And how LUCKY we are to have found one another. We knew that taking a “conscious separation” would be difficult to explain to all of our supporters, friends and fans.. and we knew of the potential tabloid frenzy that would incur… but we care so deeply about one another that we were willing to take the risk, as WE feel that this is the right move for US. We weren’t planning on saying anything until we had actually processed what this new “chapter” actually IS… but media outlets started reaching out to friends, family, and other cast members with crazy rumors so we felt that we needed to make a statement from US. Were we ready? No. Did we feel pressure? Absolutely. Does it hurt to hear and read comments and judgments? Deeply. But we are choosing love and compassion over anger and fear. We know that this isn’t conventional and people are absolutely entitled to their opinions- but we’ve realized how much we have stunted our growth bc of the fear of disappointing and “failing” others- and therefore neglecting what WE need to thrive. For me, this stems all the way back to my childhood and the need to please others in order to feel worthy of their love and acceptance. But living a life to please others will only leave you empty and full of regrets. Chris left Saturday morning to begin an exciting adventure in Florida and I am so proud of him for making big moves. I am still here in San Diego with Wayne and Chucky and we are open to where our heart calls us to be next. In the past I’ve turned to bad habits to numb out the pain… but I now know, after extensive personal development this past year, that these pain bodies only harbor in us and continue to fester at a later time in life. And it’s not until we deal with it head-on that we can evolve, grow and become a better human being and soul. So we are both staying present, sitting in stillness and focusing on radical self care, as we come from a place of love and compassion on how we can BEST support each other. Thank you , we love you.
Nielson, who appeared on Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s season of “The Bachelor” in 2018, and Randone, who competed for Becca Kufrin’s heart on “The Bachelorette” the same year, both entered “Bachelor in Paradise” in 2018 as villains from their respective seasons. They got engaged that season, and got married in June 2019 in Mexico.
ET caught up with the then-newlyweds in August, where they revealed that they almost didn’t make it down the aisle and were close to breaking up months before.
“It’s one of those things where it’s like an earthquake, the plate tectonics, so out of place, everything was shaking. We finally dug deep and had these deep-rooted conversations that finally allowed us to feel stable and that allowed us to go ahead and really identify the importance of understanding one another,” Randone revealed.
“We were both having issues in ourselves that we just needed to work on it and come together as one,” he added.
At the time, however, the two were hoping to get pregnant with twins within the next year. “We definitely want a boy and a girl, 100 percent, so we’re going to have to hopefully get twins and knock it out first try,” Randone said at the time. “We have twins that run in our family, so we’re optimistic about twins.”
“I would love that,” Nielson confessed. “One pregnancy, two babies!”
For more on the two, watch below.