Bachelor in Paradise 's Carly Waddell and Evan Bass Are Separating After 3 Years of Marriage
Michael Tullberg / Getty Images Evan Bass and Carly Waddell
It's a sad day for Bachelor Nation.
Carly Waddell and Evan Bass, who met on Bachelor in Paradise in 2016, announced on Wednesday that they were separating after three years of marriage and two children.
"We made the difficult decision to split up," said the former couple in a joint statement. "We will always cherish our time together and continue to have the greatest respect for one another as we focus on what is best for our family's future. We greatly appreciate the love and support of everyone, and we ask you to enjoy our family's privacy respect navigate through this. "
Waddell (35) and Bass (38) welcomed their son Charles "Charlie" Wolf last November and are also the parents of daughter Isabella "Bella" Evelyn (2). (Bass is also the father of three older sons from his previous marriage.)
Carly Waddell / Instagram Evan Bass and Carly Waddell with their kids
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The split will no doubt come as a shock to the longtime couple's fans, who appeared to oppose the chances of traditional undergraduate romances, despite being largely absent from each other's social media accounts for the past few weeks.
When they first met on the beach while filming Paradise, Alaun Bass (who fought for JoJo Fletcher's heart on The Bachelorette) and Waddell (from Chris Soules' season of The Bachelor) seemed like an unlikely duo.
"It was exactly that thing that was a roller coaster," Waddell said in 2016 of Glamor. "I broke up with him like five times!"
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Eventually the couple fell hard and Bass suggested for the show's third season finale.
Just before their wedding in Mexico the following year, which was attended by several undergraduate graduates, including close friends Jade and Tanner Tolbert, Nick Viall and Kaitlyn Bristowe, Waddell told PEOPLE, "Everything happens for a reason."
Continued Waddell: "It's been a long journey for me in Bachelor Nation, but I'd do it a thousand times. Because the next part will be bliss."
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