After just a five-month engagement, The Bachelor‘s Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi recently announced their split, and Grimaldi has gone public for the first time since the news.
“It’s okay to feel broken. It’s okay to cry,” she captioned an Instagram photo of her leaning on a friend’s shoulder, surrounded by greenery while looking over a still pond. “It’s okay to lean on a friend. In the end, it will always be okay.”
Grimaldi didn’t mention Viall or the end of their engagement specifically, but fans were quick to make the connection and left comments of support and strength in light of the breakup.
Viall and Grimaldi got engaged on season 21 of The Bachelor in winter 2017, but fans were skeptical of the pair from the start: Their awkward dynamic didn’t help, and neither did their admission in July that they were in no rush to actually tie the knot.
They announced their split in a joint statement to E! News, lamenting not getting the happily ever after that either envisioned.
“It’s with a great amount of heartbreak for the both [of] us as we have decided to end our engagement. We gave this relationship our all and we are saddened that we did not get the fairy-tale ending we hoped for. We will continue to be there for each other no matter what. This hasn’t been an easy decision, however, as we part ways, we do so with lots of love and admiration for each other.”
It’s unfortunate that Viall and Grimaldi couldn’t join the ranks of Bachelor Nation who made it work. We wish them both well in their path forward — and at another shot at love.
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