Graduate in paradise Carly Waddell and Evan Bass separate after 3 years of marriage

It’s a sad day for Bachelor Nation.

Carly Waddell and Evan Bass, who met later Licensed in Paradise in 2016, he announced on Wednesday that they are separating after three years of marriage and two children together.

“I made the difficult decision to separate,” the former couple said in a joint statement. “We will always value our time together and we will continue to respect each other the most, because we focus on what is best for the future of our family. We greatly appreciate the love and support of everyone and please respect the privacy of our family navigating through it. “

Waddell, 35, and Bass, 38, met their son Charles “Charlie” Wolf in November last year and are also the parents of his daughter Isabella “Bella” Evelyn. , 2 years old (Bass is also the father of three older sons from his previous marriage.)

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The split will no doubt come as a shock to longtime fans of the couple, who seemed to defy traditional odds. Bachelor romances, although they have largely lacked mutual socialization accounts in recent weeks.

When they first met on the beach while filming Paradise, Bass alums (who competed for JoJo Fletcher ‘s heart on Bachelorette) and Waddell (from Chris Soules’ season of the Bachelor) seemed to be an unlikely duo.

“This was exactly a roller coaster,” Waddell said gLAMOR in 2016. “I broke up with him five times!”

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Eventually, the couple fell hard and Bass proposed the end of season 3 of the show.

Just before their wedding in Mexico the following year, which was attended by several Bachelor hazelnuts, including close friends Jade and Tanner Tolbert, Nick Viall and Kaitlyn Bristowe, Waddell told people that “everything happens for a reason.”

Waddell continues: “It’s been a long journey for me Bachelor Nation, but I would do it a thousand times again. Because the next part will be happy. “