In news so shocking as to shake the very foundations of reality itself, the most recent Bachelor star, Ben Flajnik, and the woman he chose in the end, Courtney Robertson, have ended their relationship.
Oh, who are we kidding? Who didn’t see this coming?
In true 2012 fashion, the couple made the announcement in a joint statement to In Touch: “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” (Flajnik is in the wine business in northern California, while Robertson is a model based out of Los Angeles).
Considering this isn’t even their first breakup, the news is even less surprising than most Bachelor-related splits. Ben originally ditched Courtney while the last Bachelor season was still airing, angered by her apparent focus on winning apart from any feelings for him, and by the nastiness towards the other women that she displayed (which a few of those women had tried to warn him about, but that he was in no mood to hear until it became publicly embarrassing).
By the time the season ended in March, the two were back together, although they never did get around to making wedding plans, which is usually a red flag (Emily and Jef With One F: the clock is ticking, kids). For those of you keeping track, this still leaves only Jason Mesnick as a Bachelor who has married someone he met during his season, and even that woman was the second one he picked. Ben and Courtney did stay together longer than Jake Pavelka/Vienna Girardi or Brad Womack/Emily Maynard did, however, so they have that going for them.
“We continue to remain friends and will support each other in future endeavors,” the statement concluded, though since Courtney’s “future endeavors” will likely include trying to latch on to a new Grade D celebrity, Ben might want to amend that statement eventually.
On a scale of 1 to 2, how stunned are you by this announcement?