Surprise! Ben Flajnik, Courtney Robertson break up

The Bachelor 16 couple Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson have broken up just over six months after their season ended with a faux break-up. If we count Jason and Molly, just one of the 16 couples who got together on the show remains together. (Three of the eight Bachelorette couples are still together.)

While they seemed happy five days ago, they said in a statement today,

“After meeting over a year ago, we have decided to end our romantic relationship. The ups and downs weighed heavily on us both and ultimately we started to grow apart because of the distance, time apart, and our need to focus on our respective careers. … We have nothing but the utmost respect for each other, and both feel this is the right decision. We continue to remain friends and will support each other in future endeavors. Thanks to everyone for your love and support, it’s been quite a ride.”

That they stated together this long is the biggest surprise, at least considering the shallowness of their on-screen relationship, with Ben rejecting woman after woman who seemed to have depth and personality, and Courtney playing a shallow game (“I’m winning”) for which she later apologized. Ben pretty much deserved her, though, for being such a twit.

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