Published October 17, 2012
Two 'Bachelor' couples have bitten the dust … in one week!
“Bachelorette” stars Emily Maynard and her fiancé Jef Holm have officially called off their engagement. The couple gave saccharine sweet statements to People.com about their break up.
“As you know, at first I wasn't sure that I should even be 'The Bachelorette,' but I am a hopeless romantic and I do believe in the show," she said. "I have no regrets because I did find love and shared an incredible journey with a really special person – and you know what, we tried our best because the love between us was so real.”
Maynard and Holm's sad news followed “Bachelor” stars Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson’s statement formally ending their own made-for-TV romance.
“We weren’t as similar as we thought, things just changed, it was a totally mutually agreement,” said Flajnik.
Does it seem rather suspect that the vast, vast majority of 'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette' stars fall madly in love on TV, but after the final rose ceremony, countless (paid) media appearances, and posed paparazzi pictures, they never quite make it down the aisle?
Could it be these engagements are all a sham from the get go?
FOX411 spoke to some past 'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette' contestants about their experiences on the long running show, and asked if they thought any of the contestants were in it to find their soul mate.
Lorenzo Borghese, star of Season 9 of, “The Bachelor: Rome,” had a good point.
“How many friends do you have that get engaged and shortly after break it off?" he asked, rhetorically. "It’s not very common is it?”
Justin Rego, a contestant on “The Bachelorette,” agreed with Borghese.
“If they were really there for love, why do they get paid $170,000 and up to be on the Bachelor or Bachelorette? Why not do it for free if it’s just love?”
But Gwen Goia, a Season 2 “Bachelor” contestant, says she thinks at least some of the gals are in it for the right reasons: “I think some contestants really want love.”
Borghese has his doubts.
“It’s not necessary to go on TV to find love, but at times it’s necessary to go on TV to promote yourself and your brand," he said. "I believe that the very high majority of contestants are looking for their 15 minutes of fame.”