2019 Bachelorette Angie Kent has confirmed she has split from chosen winner Carlin Sterritt.
On Instagram Kent said, “There’s been a lot of speculation and rumours about the status of my relationship with Carlin.
“We have not wanted to confirm until this point because there have been much bigger issues going on in the world and we’ve both been taking space to think about what we really want.
“Matters of the heart are extremely difficult and I’m sad to say that Carlin and I have broken up. I wish him nothing but the best in the future. I appreciate everyone’s concern and the investment that many of you made in the show and our story, but this is real life and we both need privacy and time to heal.”
Carlin also confirmed, “It is true that Angie and I have gone our separate ways but it’s for the best individually. Simply just wanting the best for her and wanting the best for me and being the best version of yourself is very important and, as some people already knew from previous posts, my mental health had taken a bit of a left turn and I simply want to be the best version of myself or be able to give the best version of me to Angie,”
The pair ended months of speculation over the status of their relationship on social media, which led to Angie Kent once insisting it was “no one’s business.”
“Everyone got their happy ending when the show was on. Now it’s no one’s business. It’s my real life. So best people stay out of it unless they know for real what someone is going through.”
But I feel Angie was wrong on this point.
Reality dating shows do ask audiences to buy into their authenticity and bond with the cast. That doesn’t end when the credits roll. If Bachelorette isn’t about a happy ever after, then what’s the point of the entire premise? Viewers should just watch a romantic movie.
The success rate on The Bachelor is not too bad, with Tim Robards & Anna Heinrich, Sam Wood & Snezana Markoski, Matty Johnson & Laura Byrne all still together. The Bachelorette‘s Georgia Love & Lee Elliott, Ali Oetjen & Taite Radley are also still together.
But the audience should not be admonished for remaining invested in outcomes.
As Angie herself once said on Gogglebox when watching Sophie Monk choose Stu Laundy: “I hope they stay together.”
Sorry Angie, they didn’t.