Ben Flajnik proposed to model Courtney Robertson on the finale of the 16th season of The Bachelor in March and just months later on October 5, the two called it quits.
Courtney tells Life & Style that the lack of time the pair spent together ultimately broke them apart. “Our relationship has been tested pretty much the entire time we’ve been together,” Courtney confides in the new issue of Life & Style — on newsstands now. “When I stayed [with Ben] for long periods of time, it helped. I think if we’d lived together, we wouldn’t have broken up.”
Though the exes claim the split was mutual, releasing a joint statement announcing the break up, Courtney, 29, reveals that by the time they decided to split, “I knew I had no fight left.”
Since then, Courtney has handed back her Neil Lane ring and is now looking forward to her future. “Right now I’m focusing on healing my heart. I’m a hopeless romantic and still believe I will find my soul mate. I need a guy who is ready for that chapter.”
Just seven months ago, Courtney was spotted trying on wedding dresses at the Mark Zunino bridal-dress shop in Los Angeles and can remember a time when she was so happy and in love. “We had just started talking about wedding dates for fall 2013,” she reveals to Life & Style.
Courtney isn’t the only one talking. Ben is also talking about what went wrong. Here he opened up to In Touch:
Ben Flajnik exclusively talks to In Touch about why he and Courtney Robertson finally called it quits. “We weren’t as similar as we thought,” Ben says in the new issue of In Touch — on newsstands now.
And the newly single Bachelor reveals that under their contract, Courtney must return the Neil Lane engagement ring Ben proposed to her with on The Bachelor.
“Sometimes they make exceptions,” Ben explains, however, “We’ve been together for 10 months. You have to be together for two years to keep the ring.”
And though viewers were always skeptical if their relationship was genuine, Ben insists, “We really did love each other.”
But “things just changed” and after a recent weekend together in San Francisco, the couple finally decided to take a break. A few days later, “We said, ‘Let’s not drag this out,’ ” says Ben. “It was a totally mutual agreement.”
“There are always going to be haters. There were so many naysayers, it was really like us against the world.”
The couple released a statement on Oct. 5 saying they had “started to grow apart because of the distance, time apart and our need to focus on our respective careers.”