Bachelorette couple Emily and Jef break up

The Bachelorette‘s most recently formed couple, Emily Maynard and Jef Holm, have broken up. Earlier this month, Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson broke up, which means we only have three couples out of 24 who have survived.

The now-shattered couple released long statements to People. Emily, who was “scared to death” of the process pre-season, called their break-up “a very difficult and heartbreaking decision” and said she is “a hopeless romantic and I do believe in the show,” but said that “we are just at different points in our lives.”

Jef said, in part, “I’ve never loved someone so much in my whole life, Emily is the best person and mom I have ever met…. Emily and I are great friends and I hope we can continue to be friends forever. Everyone wants a salacious story to break, but the truth is we are just two people who fell in love and tried our hardest to make it work. I will always love her.”

Sad face.

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