This ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Couple Has Already Called Off Their Engagement
Bachelor in Paradise’s two-part season 5 finale featured multiple engagements — one for Chris Randone and Krystal Nielson, and one for Jordan Kimball and Jenna Cooper. But just hours after the reunion special aired on ABC, one of those couples has called off their happily-ever-after.
Shortly before the episode debuted, Reality Steve published a report alleging that Cooper had cheated on Kimball. She denied the allegations in a statement on Tuesday, September 11, but Kimball took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce that he had decided to “remove” himself from the relationship. “To think, to feel, to fall. These emotions interact with experiences and people, when you find a person you think about them, you feel when they feel and sometimes you fall,” he wrote in a lengthy caption.
“When you’re in love with even the experiences you’ve had with them it’s something to respect,” he continued. “Being careless with someone that you give your heart to and reach milestones with isn’t sensible no matter what the terms may be. I have not had an easy life and having struggles allows me to grab onto tough times and discard them from my path.”
He then confirmed his split from Cooper, writing, “I deal with unreasonable circumstances reasonably and have come to terms with a decision to remove myself from the relationship. It breaks my heart to think, feel, and fall for this. It’s dropped me.”
Cooper, for her part, has not spoken about the split. Her only comment on the cheating rumors was a statement to People: “I am aware of the allegations being made against me and they are simply untrue. I am choosing to focus on my relationship right now.”
At the time, Kimball admitted to People that finding out about the allegations “felt like a body drop.”
“I got taken down. I’m weak in the knees and I feel like I have rocks in my stomach. I would never have expected this. I feel sick about it. … If this whole thing sticks, and it’s true, I will be hurt much more than the depths of romance. I will be hurt as a person and as a friend. There are so many layers to a relationship and right now I feel all of them peeling back.”
(photos via ABC/Paul Hebert)