Chris Soules & Whitney Bischoff Speak Out After 'Bachelor' Breakup


'This has been really tough,' Soules wrote on Twitter.

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’s Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff are breaking their silence one day after their engagement was called off.

Soules thanked the Bachelor fans for their kind words during this particularly “tough” time. “I can't thank you all enough for the kind messages over the past few days. This has been really tough and your support means a lot to me,” he tweeted.

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Bischoff, a 29-year-old fertility nurse, posted a sweet black-and-white Instagram video of an adorable young girl welcoming her back to Chicago.

“Now this little gal knows how to make me smile! ,” Bischoff captioned, before thanking her fans for their continued support.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your outpouring love, kindness and support! It means so much to me!” she wrote.

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Bischoff and Soules, the 33-year-old farmer from Iowa, announced in a joint statement on Thursday that they were parting ways after being engaged for six months, just weeks after the pair spent time on his farm.

“They part with nothing but respect and admiration for one another and will continue to be supportive friends,” the statement read in part.

Longtime Bachelor and The Bachelorette host Chris Harrison expressed his sadness over the latest Bachelor breakup, telling Home & Family's Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare in an interview that aired Friday, “I know it’s television and there are silly things that go on but to me they are real people. They were just two kids who were hopefully going to get married and they’re not now and that’s sad.”

Bischoff and Soules spoke to ET after the finale in March about fighting the Bachelor curse.

“I think that it is important to not focus on that and to focus on us as a couple,” Bischoff said at the time.

“We didn’t go on this show for anything but for finding someone and our No. 1 focus now is to continue that relationship that we developed on the show,” Soules added.