It’s over. Bri Stauss and Chris Watson were one of the most solid couples on The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart — but they have sadly split after nearly a year of dating during which they released two albums as a musical duo.
“With deep admiration and respect for one another, we have decided to end our relationship and go our separate ways,” the former flames told E! in a statement on January 19, 2021. “We will always look back on our journey with deep fondness, and will continue to support each other both personally and professionally.”
Wedding singer Chris, 31, and Bri, a 28-year-old pop singer from Utah, met during season 1 of LTYH in April 2020 and had an insanely strong connection right off the bat. They continued proving their love and musical talent week after week during the Bachelor spinoff series. They also surprised fans with an appearance on season 16 of The Bachelorette to serenade Clare Crawley and Dale Moss during their ultra-romantic date night prior to their engagement.
Bri and Chris were even the first couple to drop the L-bomb during their season. After performing Taylor Swift’s “Lover” on stage during LTYH, Bri told the crowd, “I just hugged him and I said, ‘I love you,’ but you didn’t hear it, and I haven’t told you that yet.” Chris said he loved her, too, and later revealed just how big of a moment that was for him, especially after the death of his dad.
“I’ve never said those words and actually meant it and really felt it. It’s a lot to be vulnerable,” the Caribbean stud admitted to producers in his confessional. “I went through a lot of depression and sadness with losing my dad and cutting myself off emotionally … I still wish my dad could be here to meet her. I would tell my dad that I met the sweetest woman in the world and I think she’s perfect for me.”
Chris and Bri ended up making it to the final two couples along with Jamie Gabrielle and Trevor Holmes. The singing duos performed in front of celebrity judges Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe, her boyfriend and fellow Bachelor Nation alum Jason Tartick, actor and singer Taye Diggs, songwriter Jewel and actress Rita Wilson. In the end, Chris and Bri came out victorious.
The season 1 winners were dedicated to making their relationship work after the cameras stopped rolling. Bri shared a very positive message with her Instagram followers in February 2020 after returning from filming. “This has already been the greatest year of my life and I can’t wait to share so many things with you! Soon,” she gushed at the time.
Bri and Chris gave fans serious hope for eternal love — but sometimes, even the best things come to an end.