When Sam Cochrane proposed to Tara Pavlovic on the season finale of Bachelor in Paradise we were convinced it was one of those few forever partnerships to come from reality TV. Well, weren't we wrong. In a heartfelt Instagram post, Sam confirmed our worst fears, the couple Australia was rooting for during season one of Bachelor in Paradise has called it quits.
Sam's message, accompanied by two photos of the couple, read:
"This message goes out to all the beautiful people who shared with me such an amazing journey. The fairytale that I took part in was deep and surreal. My proposal was meant to be forever but life sometimes takes you away from the dream and you wake up. So . . . deep breath... this has come to an end. I loved Tara with my whole heart and those two people in Fiji fell completely. It's hard writing this thinking back to those moments. Your joy in our story and the engagement meant so much and I can assure you it is the saddest thing for me to come to terms with. Watching something you valued fall apart and what you love follow a different path is one of the most difficult things. My heart feels broken and obviously having it play out in public adds so many difficult dimensions. I forgot about the cameras in Fiji and I simply fell in love. The truth is difficult but the path ahead will show the way. Obviously there has been speculation for some time but I needed to know for sure before making anything public. That has been hard. Our time together will always hold a beautiful and difficult place in my heart and I have to believe that everything happens for a reason. Thank you everyone for the beautiful support and being on this journey. In a time that was mostly in hiding your words provided magic. I look forward to the future. I got to see that love is real and powerful.... and it is. I'll find it again."
Tara commented through Instagram Stories. Her message read:
"Hey guys, as you may already know, Sam and I have decided to end our relationship. Going through a breakup in the public eye is very difficult, and I'm sure you can appreciate that we wanted to wait to let everyone know as we wanted to make sure we have made the right decision. I don't want anyone to think that we "faked" anything or that what you saw on TV wasn't real. What we felt was 100% real and we both put our best efforts in to make it work in the real world but unfortunately for different reasons it didn't work out. I did love Sam very much and I wish him nothing but the best. I know many of you will be sad but please don't be upset as this is for the best. Everything happens for a reason and I'm sure this will all make more sense down the track.
Although this is sad and it's been hard, there is a positive in every negative situation and I will use the positives to be happy and keep smiling. Thank you to all of my family and friends who have been such a ray of sunshine throughout this last couple of weeks. And thank you everyone else for being such a huge support to Sam and I throughout our journey together. x"
We wish both Sam and Tara all the best at this sad time.
Can someone please check on Jarrod and Keira? We just want to know that they're still going strong. Perhaps that duo will give us the Wedding in Paradise we were so hoping for.