Carly Waddell and Evan Bass, from the Bachelor in Paradise, are separating after 3 years of marriage

It’s a sad day for Not married Nation.

Carly Waddell and Evan Bass, who met at Bachelor in Paradise in 2016, it announced Wednesday that they will separate after three years of marriage and two children together.

“We made the difficult decision to split up,” the former couple said in a joint statement. “We will always value our time together and continue to have the utmost respect for each other, while focusing on what is best for our family’s future. We are very grateful for everyone’s love and support and kindly ask you to respect our family’s privacy while we navigate through it. “

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 children from your previous marriage.)

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The split will undoubtedly come as a shock to fans of the longtime couple, who seemed to defy the odds of the traditional Bachelor romances, although they haven’t been on each other’s social media accounts in the past few weeks.

When they first met on the beach while filming Paradise, Bass alumni (who competed for the heart of JoJo Fletcher in The maiden) and Waddell (from Chris Soules’s The bachelor) seemed to be an unlikely pair.

“It was just something that was a roller coaster,” said Waddell Glam in 2016. “I broke up with him about five times!”

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Eventually, the couple fell in love and Bass proposed at the end of the show’s 3rd season.

Shortly before their wedding in Mexico the following year, with the presence of several Bachelor alumni, including close friends Jade and Tanner Tolbert, Nick Viall and Kaitlyn Bristowe, Waddell told People that “everything happens for a reason.”

Waddell continued, “It has been a long journey for me in Bachelor Nation, but I would do it a thousand times again. Because the next part will be a blessing. “