Like so many "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" contestants before them, Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff just couldn't make it work.

The couple, who got engaged during the 19th season finale of "The Bachelor" earlier this year, have officially called it quits. "Bachelor" creator Mike Fleiss tweeted out the news on Thursday, writing that it was "a sad day" for those involved with the show.

A rep for Soules confirmed the break-up in a statement, saying, "Whitney Bischoff and Chris Soules have mutually and amicably decided to end their engagement. They part with nothing but respect and admiration for one another and will continue to be supportive friends. They wish to thank everyone who has supported them through this journey."

Soules and Bischoff had been working on their relationship long-distance, after Soules was Dancing With the Stars." But according to Entertainment Weekly, Bischoff's frequent flights from Chicago to Los Angeles to cheer on her fiance weren't enough to keep the flame alive.

"Not long after the show's March finale, when Soules gave Bischoff a 4-carat Neil Lane rock, rumors began to circulate that their made-for-tv romance was not as touchy-feely as it seemed," EW reports. "In the finale, it seemed clear that Soules' preference was for another contestant, Becca Tilley."

Maybe things will work out better for the new Bachelorette?

[via: Mike Fleiss, Entertainment Weekly]

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