Following months of silence, Richie Strahan has finally opened up about his split from Alex Nation.
The pair met in 2016 on The Bachelor, and quickly fell in love in front of millions of viewers. However, their love was left under heavy public scrutiny earlier this year following a strained appearance at the 2017 Logies in April and they were reported to have split up some time around June. Then, Alex stepped out with her new love, Maegan Luxa, in August, before sparking engagement rumours just last week.
So what does Richie have to say about the break-up? That it was an incredibly hard on him, though he doesn't regret his appearance on the hit dating show.
The star opened up for the first time in a new interview with New Idea, revealing: "The months leading up to it were the most difficult, crazy and confusing times I’ve been put through. Having something wonderful dissolve the way it did was heartbreaking, but at the same time, there was a lot of relief that the emotional roller-coaster was finally over."
When asked why the relationship broke down, Richie said this was a "tough question" and revealed "I guess the brightest spark can fizzle fast. We made some bad choices back in June and our relationship really struggled to recover for months after. It didn’t matter how much effort I put into it – sometimes these things are destined to fail."
Following the split, Richie cleared all photos from their relationship from his social media and appeared to withdraw from the spotlight.
"My life has changed so dramatically these past three years [since he appeared on Sam Frost's season of The Bachelorette], that I felt I needed time to process everything. I was going through a range of emotions and I didn’t feel like engaging with everyone. I needed space from what I was dealing with and wanted to work on myself."
"Relationships don’t work out all the time and that’s OK," he continued. "If it’s not meant to be then maybe that’s a blessing in disguise. I’m a positive person and there is always light at the end of the tunnel. I’m fine now and doing really well. I just hope that she’s really happy."