Matt says he didn’t say Shayne could keep the ring he didn’t pay for

Less than a week since they officially broke up, Matt Grant and Shayne Lamas have started publicly sniping at one another.

First, Shayne told People magazine that she’s keeping the engagement ring he gave her on the show. “I have it and I am going to keep it forever for the rest of my life. It’s safe and clean and in a glass box like a glass slipper.” And she said Matt was fine with that. “He wants to come over and look at it,” she said.

Shayne also insisted that she never cheated. “I did not cheat on Matt. I would never, ever cheat on Matt. He was my fiance. … I want to clear this up 100 percent. That [Vegas trip] had nothing to do with our break-up. I was in Vegas with friends. Matt and I had already broken up. So I was a single 22-year-old woman having fun.”

Today, Matt says they never had that conversation about the ring. “We never discussed this. I never said it was cool to just keep it. If she said we spoke about it, she just made it up. Sometimes she thinks she can say anything and I’ll go along with it.” He tells People the ring “wasn’t a ‘gift’ so much. It’s not a television or a handbag. It’s a symbol of marriage that didn’t happen.”

It’s also something that he didn’t pay for. The “2.85-carat Tacori platinum-and-diamond eternity ring” is valued at $65,000, and People reports “Grant says that the show’s sponsors paid for the engagement ring.”

Still, he thinks it’s partially his. “But at the end of the day, it was mine to give to her. And thus I’m like, ‘C’mon!’ I’m sure Shayne will agree it’s best going to charity.” He wants to auction it off and have half the proceeds go to a charity he chooses, and half to a charity she chooses–assuming that charity isn’t named Shayne Lamas.

Bachelor Ex-Fiancee Shayne Lamas to Keep Engagement Ring and Bachelor Matt Grant: It’s Not Cool to Keep My Ring [People]

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