It didn’t turn out rosy, though the bachelorettes Gabby Windey and Erich Schwer.
The couple, who got engaged on the season 19 finale of the ABC dating series that aired in September, are both speaking out after ending the relationship. Earlier this month, the media reported that the couple had split, citing unnamed sources.
Windey is currently a participant in Dancing with the stars, and footage aired ahead of her waltz routine with partner Val Chmerkovskiy on Monday showed her discussing the power of love. “It has a special place for me because I just went through a breakup,” Windey said of the dance. “The end of our relationship happened because we weren’t completely in sync and in sync with each other in terms of our common goals or just the way we approach life. We weren’t each other’s best match.”
On Tuesday, Schwer took to his Instagram Stories to similarly break his silence on the split. “The reality is we weren’t each other’s people in the end – it’s hard when there isn’t one thing to put your finger on,” he wrote in the post. “We met in a very unique situation and in a very unique way and I am thankful that we did. I would never take it back.”
Schwer went on to call Windey a “great person” and said he hopes she “gives them hell in the world.” DWTS final.” The real estate analyst continued, “I have learned and grown so much this year through experiences and mistakes and I continue to improve myself every day. I hope to take this time with my family and loved ones and focus on myself.
While his post didn’t mention any specific errors, Schwer seemed to be referring to off-camera controversies that came to light when season 19 aired. During the live portion of the Sept. 20 finale, host Jesse Palmer asked Schwer if his ex had shared text messages telling her just before filming began on The Bachelorette that he only did the show for fame. In addition, Schwer had apologized via social media that month after a photo from his high school yearbook surfaced online showing him in blackface.
During a joint interview with co-bachelor Rachel Recchia, Windey shared The Hollywood Reporter that the situation regarding the blackface photo was “devastating” and that there was no excuse for his behavior. “It’s an opportunity for us to really think about our actions and grow from there and realize how our implicit biases still affect others,” she said at the time. “As a couple, we have a lot to learn and grow.”
Couples who have met The Bachelorette have struggled to find success in the real world lately. Recchia and her pick, Tino Franco, broke up before the finale even aired, meaning none of the eight most recent singles are in a relationship with their latest TV suitor. Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo, who met during the season that aired in 2017, are still going strong, while JoJo Fletcher, the bachelorette prior to Lindsay, married her show pick, Jordan Rodgers, in May.