Courtney Dober and Lily McManus have split.
Dober, 31, who appeared on Georgia Love's season of The Bachelorette Australia met US The Bachelor's McManus, 21, during spin-off show The Bachelor Winter Games and quickly became fan-favourites.
“Wish I didn’t have to do this… Unfortunately it’s the world we live in, so here it is,” Dober captioned a video of one of he and McManus on Winter Games.
“There’s probably not many of you who’ll understand this or even be able to relate, but Lily and i have chosen not to end our relationship but to continue it as mates,” he wrote. “We’re best friends and its become clear to both of us that the emotional side of our relationship just doesn’t allow us to be the best versions of ourselves.”
Dober added, “Perhaps in a world where there are no distractions, no life obstacles, nothing else mattered and looking into the future wasn’t even a thought, things might be different… but that’s not reality and we’ve decided that this is for the best.”
“In my eyes this was the moment our relationship began, 8 months, 2 weeks and 2 days ago,” he said. “Man time flies… I love ya kid. At 21 I’ve never met someone who’s lived so many lives, achieved so much and who’s still so ambitious and ready to take over the world.”
Dober concluded, “I’ve always lived under the motto — ‘Everything happens for a reason’ and I have no doubt we were meant to meet.”
Now, we wonder if Courtney would up to be The Bachelor? Hmmm.