From the moment Taylor Nolan and Derek Peth met on Bachelor In Paradise, it seemed like love at first sight as the two barely left each other’s side for a single moment in Mexico. However, the couple has been social media silent for the last few weeks, prompting fans to wonder if Derek and Taylor are still together. Unfortunately, the couple has officially announced their decision to call off their engagment.
'It is with much sadness that we have decided to end our engagement," they exes in a statement to E!. "We put everything we could into our relationship and are heartbroken to go forward separately, but we know this is the best decision for the both of us. We will still be present in each other's lives with support, admiration and respect for each other."
Earlier this year, breakup rumors were swirling after a loyal Bachelor fan took to reddit to say that they saw Tay partying in Las Vegas — sans her engagement ring. To make matters even messier, she was also apparently flirting with one of the redditor’s friends. "It was weird,” the redditor explained. "On Friday night she gave her number to a guy friend of mine and then came to our table at the club last night. None of us let on that we knew she was on the show and she never mentioned it. She and her friends (they were there for Derek’s sister’s bachelorette party) sat at our table all night last night and then when we were going to the Zedd show, she blew us all off and got friendly with a guy who had a table inside. She never once mentioned she was engaged either night we saw her."
However, this past February, Taylor, who first appeared on Nick Viall's season of The Bachelor, spoke exclusively with Life & Style and she reassured fans that things were going well with her man. "We just did an episode on my podcast, Let’s Talk About It, about our emotional piggybank as, like, a relationship check-in and just a little bit of relationship maintenance, you know? It’s going well," she gushed. "It’s weird, because there are definitely times where he is my best friend, he is my lover, and I totally see this whole future with him — then there are other times where I’m like, ‘I could punch you, but, like, a love punch.’
"But honestly, he really is like my best friend and I’m really happy to be experiencing these different things with him and seeing how we handle the challenges that come up in our relationship has been the fun, magical, messy part of the relationship. It will be coming up on a year here soon since we met in June, so that’s just wild to think about. So much as happened in the scheme of our relationship so far."
Taylor and Derek met on Season 4 of BIP — and quickly hit it off. Derek, who competed on JoJo Fletcher's season of The Bachelorette, proposed on the after-show with a Neil Lane diamond ring valued at $50,000. However, distance was always an issue for the former couple, who lived on opposite coasts. "He was just him and I was just me. It's one of my favorite trips we've had because everyone loved him and it just fit." Taylor captioned a recent Instagram photo. "Long distance is difficult but thinking about good quality experiences like this makes it a bit easier."
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