Bachelor in Paradise’s Carly Waddell and Evan Bass divorce after 3 years of marriage

It’s a sad day too Bachelor Nation.

Carly Waddell and Evan Bass, who met further Bachelor in Paradise in 2016 announced on Wednesday that they are divorcing after three years of marriage and two children together.

“We have made the difficult decision to separate,” the former couple said in a joint statement. “We will always cherish our time together and continue to have the utmost respect for each other as we focus on what is best for our family’s future. We greatly appreciate everyone’s love and support and ask you to respect our family’s privacy, when we navigate through this. “

Waddell, 35, and Bass, 38, welcomed their son Charles “Charlie” Wolf last November and are also parents to daughter Isabella “Bella” Evelyn, 2. (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 fans of the longtime couple who seemed to defy the odds of traditional Bachelor romance, although they had largely been absent from each other’s social media accounts in recent weeks.

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

“It was just this thing that was a roller coaster,” Waddell said Glamor in 2016. “I broke up with him like five times!”

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Eventually, the pair fell hard, and Bass suggested the final season 3 of the show.

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

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