Latest Bachelor Returns to, Well, Bachelorhood
By Natalie Finn
Thu Jul 24, 1:46 PM PDT
Former Bachelor Matt Grant and the recipient of his most important rose, actress Shayne Lamas, have broken off their engagement after publicly pretending that they were meant to be for two whole months, People reports.
“We tried hard to make it work but we realized that we were both heading in different directions,” the duo said in a statement. “We truly care about each other and will remain close friends.”
The pair had been plagued by reports of trouble in paradise ever since Grant chose Lamas over Chelsea Wanstrath on the season finale of The Bachelor’s 12th season, but each continued to deny that the fact that they were no longer living together or that they were never seen in the same place meant that they weren’t still planning to tie the knot.
“This stuff makes us stronger,” Grant, 27, said last month.
No word yet on whether Lamas, 22, returned the 2.85-carat sparkler her British beau used to seal the deal in May.
Anyway, that makes 10 out of 11 Bachelors (not including the not-ready-for-a-relationship Brad Womack) who have opted out of the matches they made during their stints on the ABC series.