First ‘Bachelorette’ Divorce: Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum Split After 8 Years of Marriage

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After eight years of marriage, The Bachelorette stars Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum are officially divorcing.

The couple, who fell in love during Season 7 of The Bachelorette, got married in 2012. They share two children together, son Fordham Rhys and daughter Essex Reese.

Scroll down to read both of their statements, which were shared on Instagram on Wednesday, October 14.

J.P’s Statement

“I have written and rewritten this post dozens of times and each time I feel the same level of disbelief and extreme sadness,” he wrote. 

“While I realize that this will come as a complete shock to everyone, I can assure you that this is something that has been developing in our relationship for quite a while.”

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I have written and rewritten this post dozens of times and each time I feel the same level of disbelief and extreme sadness. While I realize that this will come as a complete shock to everyone, I can assure you that this is something that has been developing in our relationship for quite a while. It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that after months of separation, Ashley and I have amicably decided to live our lives apart from one another. Please please please know that there is no one to blame, that there’s no event that triggered this decision, that no one is the victim, and that we’ve done absolutely everything we possibly can to try to salvage this marriage. I think we’ve both come to realize that we are just two very different people, with very different personalities and perspectives, who just don’t see eye to eye on a lot life fundamentals, those which are the building blocks for a happy and healthy marriage. We have created the most beautiful, sweet and loving children, and have created so many unforgettable memories that we’ll always cherish. Our differences, however, have taken a toll on our relationship and after years of attempting to repair the damage, we’ve decided that it is in our family’s best interest live our lives apart. We request that you please respect our privacy as we move forward with the newness of our lives and attempt to create a new norm for our children. Our ultimate focus is to co-parent our kids to the best of our ability and to maintain stable and healthy lives for Fordy & Essie From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all your love and support throughout the years. It has really meant a lot to us! Wishing you all love, happiness, and good health. ❤️

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He continued, “It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that after months of separation, Ashley and I have amicably decided to live our lives apart from one another.”

Rosenbaum reassured his followers that they both came to this decision together.

“Please please please know that there is no one to blame, that there’s no event that triggered this decision,” he explained. “That no one is the victim, and that we’ve done absolutely everything we possibly can to try to salvage this marriage.”

Ashley’s Statement

For the most part, Hebert echoed her ex-husband’s statement, reiterating that they did everything they could to try and salvage their marriage.

“We created the most beautiful children and shared memories that will never be forgotten,” she shared.

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It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that, after months of separation, Jp and I have amicably decided to go our separate ways. We created the most beautiful children and shared memories that will never be forgotten. Our differences have taken a toll on our relationship and after years of attempting to repair the damage, we’ve decided that it is in our family’s best interest to create new and separate lives for our children. Please respect our privacy as we move forward with the newness of our lives. Our ultimate focus is to create stable and healthy lives for our children. Thank you for your love and support throughout the years. Wishing you all love, happiness, and good health. ❤️

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“Our differences have taken a toll on our relationship and after years of attempting to repair the damage, we’ve decided that it is in our family’s best interest to create new and separate lives for our children.”

She continued, Thank you for your love and support throughout the years. Wishing you all love, happiness, and good health.”

First Bachelor/Bachelorette Divorce

With this announcement, J.P. and Ashley actually become the first Bachelorette or Bachelor couple to get divorced. 

Bachelor in Paradise couples, however, are a different story, as Chris Randone and Krystal Nielson recently got divorced after they got married a little over a year ago.

Three couples have gotten married from The Bachelor — Sean and Catherine Lowe, Jason and Molly Mesnick, and Arie and Lauren Luyendyk. 

But, now that Ashley and J.P. are over, three Bachelorette marriages are still going strong — Trista and Ryan Sutter, Desiree and Chris Siegfried, and Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo.

Bachelorette couple JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers were going to get married this summer but had to postpone due to COVID-19.