Bachelor In Paradise Stars Taylor Nolan & Derek Peth Split
2018 has claimed yet another fan-favorite Bachelor couple. Literally hours after the season 5’s Bachelor in Paradise cast was announced, last season’s engaged couple, Taylor Nolan and Derek Peth, revealed that they have broken up after nine months together. The two, who met and fell in love on BiP season four, released a joint statement announcing their mutual decision to end their engagement. On behalf of Bachelor Nation, we’re all heartbroken AF over the news.
“It is with much sadness that we have decided to end our engagement. We put everything we could into our relationship and are heartbroken to go forward separately, but we know this is the best decision for the both of us,” Taylor and Derek said in a statement to E! News. “We will still be present in each other’s lives with support, admiration, and respect for each other.”
Though they don’t explain what went wrong, we can’t help but feel like distance might have been the issue. As E! News points out, Derek moved to New York City in December but Taylor stayed in Seattle. They constantly made time to see one another, but maybe that just wasn’t enough. In May, the pair headed to Jersey to meet members of Taylor’s family, and she shared a photo of the moment on Instagram. However, she also opened up about how difficult it is to be in a long-distance relationship.
“He was just him and I was just me. It’s one of my favorite trips we’ve had because everyone loved him and it just fit. Long distance is difficult but thinking about good quality experiences like this makes it a bit easier. See ya soon (ish) boooo,” Taylor wrote alongside this sweet pic.
This break up is a tough one since Taylor and Derek seemed like one of the strongest Bachelor couples to come out of BiP. If you watched last year’s season of the guilty pleasure reality show, then you know that their connection was instantaneous. Derek’s proposal was also probably one of the most romantic ones to date.
“You have such a big heart and you are absolutely stunningly beautiful. Taylor, I love you. I choose to love you in this minute, this hour, this day, and every day from here on out. Will you marry me?” he said on one knee, while the rest of us at home were brought to tears. Even Chris Harrison said it “was one of the sweetest, rawest moments” he’d seen in a very long time.
Ugh, but sometimes things don’t work out despite how bad two people want it to. We’re sad, but we sincerely wish them both nothing but the best moving forward.