By Emily Rome
October 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT
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The rumors are true: Emily Maynard is once again a bachelorette. She and fiancé Jef Holm, whom she met on the latest season of ABC’s The Bachelorette, have broken off their engagement.

Maynard and Holm each released statements about the split to People. Here’s what Maynard had to say:

I am sorry to tell you that Jef and I have, indeed, parted ways. It was a very difficult and heartbreaking decision.

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. 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.

I have nothing but respect and love for Jef and his family, but ultimately we are just at different points in our lives.  I’ve learned so much and I’m grateful for all of the support I’ve received. I’m excited and hopeful for the next chapter in my life with my daughter, Ricki. I do hope that you will respect our privacy and allow us the time we need to heal.

And here’s Holm’s statement: 

Meeting Emily on The Bachelorette was an incredible experience, we’ve had quite the journey. I’ve never loved someone so much in my whole life, Emily is the best person and mom I have ever met. She opened up her world to me and I fell in love with her, [her daughter] Ricki, her family and the Hendricks.

She has a great group of people who surround her. What we shared was completely genuine and real and it breaks my heart, but we have decided to break up.

Emily will always have a special place in my heart. I don’t regret a single second I spent with her or Ricki. They both have been a huge part of my life. Who knows what tomorrow will bring but we are moving on to the next chapter of our lives.

Emily and I are great friends and I hope we can continue to be friends forever. Everyone wants a salacious story to break, but the truth is we are just two people who fell in love and tried our hardest to make it work. I will always love her.

In happier news, ABC announced yesterday that season 7 Bachelorette couple Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum have set a wedding date for this December. The wedding will be televised on ABC.

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