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Kathy Ehrich Dowd
January 17, 2015 12:30 PM

Reaching out publicly for the first time following her surprise split from Josh Murray, former Bachelorette Andi Dorfman posted an emotional message on her Instagram page Friday.

“It’s family and friends who pick us up when we fall down, and if they can’t pick us up, they lie down next to us and just listen and love,” reads the quote she posted, which garnered nearly 36,000 ‘likes’ in 15 hours.

Dorfman, 27, and Murray, 30, confirmed their breakup on Jan. 8, just three days after the duo looked happy at the season 19 premiere of the Bachelor. Dorfman surprised fans when she chose Murray over fellow contestant Nick Viall in last season’s finale of The Bachelorette.

“After several months of being engaged and working on our relationship, we have decided that it’s best for both of us to go our separate ways,” the couple said in a joint statement obtained by PEOPLE shortly after the split. “We are very sad that it has come to this point, but this is what’s best for both of us individually.”

Later, a source told PEOPLE the split was amicable and seemingly drama-free.

“There was no cheating, no event or incident that led to the breakup,” said the source. “Andi and Josh spent their engagement working on their relationship and it just didn’t work out. They figured out that they’re not supposed to be together.”

One person saddened by news of the breakup? Murray’s mother, who spoke out on Facebook.

Wrote Lauren Goodhart Murray: “Yes it’s true, Andi & Josh have chosen to break off their engagement. Although there was no one thing that precipitated their decision, they were thoughtful & wise in their decision and I’m happy they figured this out before getting married & having kids. The engagement time did it’s job in helping them determine what’s best for them. I know we all wanted the storybook ending but I trust The Lord has an even better journey for each of them and that makes my heart happy.”

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