In a season full of scandal, it seemed like there was hope for love with at least a few contestants on Bachelor in Paradise this year. Amanda Stanton and Robby Hayes hit it off quickly and seemed to still be going strong after leaving Mexico — but after a brief romance, they’ve now split.
Stanton broke the news to Us Weekly on Thursday. “Robby and I are not together,” she told the mag, adding, “I’m not really sure how Robby’s handled the situation.”
The 27-year-old mother-of-two elaborated on the cause of the breakup in a chat with E! News at the filming of the BIP reunion episode. “He asked me to be his girlfriend, and after that, he never really treated me like I was his girlfriend. He was still going out with his friends all the time, and he kept going MIA for a few days,” she said. “It was just a confusing situation.”
Stanton told Us Weekly she was “skeptical” about Hayes from the start. Bachelor Nation fans will remember that her ex-fiancé, BIP season three contestant Josh Murray, was once friends with Hayes, which made things a little awkward initially. “I wasn’t interested in him at all and I was off limits to him because he’s friends with Josh,” she recalled to Us. “We just kind of talked a little bit during the break and we just kind of enjoyed talking to each other, I think. And then we just started hanging out more and more and then it just started turning into something.”
Alas, that something was short-lived. Stanton does hope to one day be friends with Hayes, but they’re not there just yet. She told E! that even though she’s tried reaching out to her now-ex, he’s been pretty silent in the communication department.
“I think there’s so much to relationships,” she shared, “and I’m just at this point in my life where I’m like, it’s OK. … I don’t want any awkward tension between anybody. So I hope we can be friends.”
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