"It's with a great amount of heartbreak for the both us as we have decided to end our engagement," the statement reads. "We gave this relationship our all and we are saddened that we did not get the fairytale 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."
As of late July, the couple was still together, although Nick Viall told reporters that it's "important to take things slow." Grimaldi, who was 29 when Viall's Bachelor season started, moved from her native Montreal to Los Angeles to be with the reality television star. (Viall is now also a entrepreneur. He started a mail order business called "The Polished Gent," which sells men's grooming products.) Grimaldi was also recently announced as the host of a Facebook Live beauty series called freeSTYLE.
In June, Viall, 36, admitted that relationships within Bachelor Nation can be difficult — a confusing statement, given that the franchise is meant to sow love.
He continued, "Some relationships, if you're lucky, do. And that's the same outside of the Bachelor world and that's the same in the Bachelor world. Ben and Lauren, we had a chance to hang out with a little bit. They're great people, and I know they both gave it their all in that relationship."
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