We all know that, sometimes, love just isn't easy. As fans of Bachelor in Paradise, and its sister shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette know, that idea holds true for the fine folks who volunteer to find love on national television as well. Every now and then, things seem to work out for the sexy singles on those shows, but more often than not they're left with lonely hearts, just like so many other people. Unfortunately, one couple who seemed to be in the height of their happily ever after, Krystal Nielson and Chris Randone, have now decided to part ways.
Chris Randone, who made his Bachelor Nation debut on Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette, and Krystal Nielson, from Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season of The Bachelor, met on Bachelor in Paradise Season 5 in 2018. The couple eventually hit it off and got engaged at the end of the season, marrying about a year later in a televised ceremony on Season 6 of BIP in 2019. Less than a year after their Mexican nuptials, though, the couple has called it quits. Here's the statement they released:
It hurts to announce that at this moment, we have mutually decided to separate. Never did we imagine this scenario, but we’ve come to a point where we both need to work on ourselves. We are best friends that love and care for each other so deeply. We’ve appreciated everyone’s love and support so far throughout our journey and we just ask that you please respect our privacy as we navigate through this.
The statement from Krystal Nielson and Chris Randone, which was given to the official Bachelor Nation blog, makes it sound like the couple has split mutually, and on pretty good terms, though it's also clear that Nielson and Randone weren't expecting their relationship to go wrong, especially not so soon after their June 16 wedding.
After falling for each other on Bachelor in Paradise, Randone left his Orlando, Florida hometown to move in with Nielson in San Diego, California. While the couple, obviously, didn't spell out the reason for their split, pointing out that they've "come to a point where we both need to work on ourselves" might be an indication that their romance just moved a little bit faster than it should have.
While this is sad news to hear, they are far from the only Bachelor Nation couple to call it quits after the cameras are off. Just recently, in fact, we've seen other Bachelor in Paradise duos like Joe Amabile and Kendall Long, and Tayshia Adams and John Paul Jones, end romances that began on the beach. And, in general, the Bachelor franchise does not have a great track record for helping lovelorn singles find long-lasting relationships.
Speaking of John Paul Jones, though, fans might recall that he actually caused quite a scene at the Nielson / Randone festivities. As mentioned, their wedding took place during the filming of Bachelor in Paradise last summer, and the whole cast of Season 6 was invited, meaning that there were several people in attendance that the bride and groom didn't know.
After the actual ceremony, when people were supposed to be enjoying the reception, John Paul Jones (who was pissed that Tayshia Adams had taken up with Derek Peth while Jones dated around) chose to pull Peth aside for an argument that got rather heated, mostly because Jones was becoming unhinged at not being able to slide back over to Adams when he was done with his other ladies. The confrontation led to Nielson and Randone admitting that Jones was "a dark cloud" over their wedding, which probably didn't help them start their married lives in the right way, at all.
Well, we hope that Krystal Nielson and Chris Randone take the necessary time to heal after their breakup. Maybe they can even find their way back to each other after some time apart to process what went wrong. In the meantime, Peter Weber is getting closer than ever to the "wild, turbulent" ending of his season of The Bachelor, and fans have a new show, The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart, to look forward to in April. So, the denizens of Bachelor Nation will have plenty of ways to soothe themselves in the coming months.