OMG! Bachelor in Paradise couple Joe Amabile (a.k.a. Grocery Store Joe) and Kendall Long announced their split on January 29. The couple met during season 5 of the reality dating show and even officially moved in together back in April.
“We have decided mutually to go our separate ways. Joe has made the decision to move back to Chicago while Kendall will be remaining in her hometown of Los Angeles. Our family and friends have always been an extremely important element to who we are as people. We can’t imagine continuing our lives without them closer, especially when thinking of starting a family of our own one day,” the couple said in a joint statement to BachelorNation.com.
Joe was born and raised in the Chicago area while Kendall is a lifelong California babe. It’s too bad that they weren’t able to find a location that felt like home. The pair concluded their message by noting how much they care for each other. “We both respect each others’ decision and still have a great deal of love for each other. We appreciate all the love and support everyone has given us throughout our relationship,” the statement read.
The news comes as a shock to some because Kendall and Joe just took a cute camping trip together earlier this month. “Family Glamping … Our little weenie is turning into quite the wilderness explorer,” the blonde beauty captioned an Instagram photo with her ex and their pup on January 6. There’s no word yet on who gets to keep their precious pet dog. The last evidence of Kendall on Joe’s social media was on New Year’s Eve. He shared a romantic black-and-white snapshot of her giving him a smooch and wrote, “Here’s to staying in on New Year’s Eve.”
They seemed like they were still going strong back in August when Joe confessed exclusively to Life & Style that they were “moving in the right direction” toward marriage and kids. “We don’t have a specific timeline, but we talk about it a lot,” Kendall added about their baby and during the Love After Lockup season 3 Premiere at the Whitby on August 13.
Sigh, another one bites the dust.