Bachelor in Paradise's Amanda Stanton on Breaking Off Engagement to Josh Murray: 'I Wish Him the Best'
“I know there’s been a lot of speculation about our relationship and to be honest, I think some people thought I was avoiding it,” she continued. “I think it’s good to set the record straight and tell everyone that we’re not together anymore. I just didn’t really know how to go about it.”
Murray, 32, and Stanton met while starring as contestants on Bachelor in Paradise during the summer of 2016.
The two hit it off almost instantly, quickly becoming one of the season’s most solid couples, and went public with their engagement following the season finale of Bachelor in Paradise on Sept. 6 — but their road to engagement wasn’t always smooth.
“There was a lot of different reasons [we called off our engagement],” Stanton said. “At the end of the day, we were just two very different people. I think there are some things when you love someone you can work on and try to fix things, and then there are some things you just can’t fix. I think it got to that point where we just knew it wasn’t going to work.”
Throughout the course of their time in BiP, Murray regularly clashed with some of his fellow costars — most notably Nick Viall — over issues tied to his previous relationship with former Bachelorette Andi Dorfman.
Murray and Dorfman, 29, broke off their engagement in January 2015 after eight months together. Then in May 2016, Dorfman released a tell-all memoir about her experience with the Bachelor franchise — and in particular, the reasons behind her split from Murray.
In the book, Dorfman claimed Murray was controlling, paranoid and verbally abusive.
Murray and Stanton’s Bachelor in Paradise costars often brought up the allegations as a source of concern, but Stanton maintained she trusted Murray. Murray, for his part, denied the accusations and said the book was “a fictional story.”
Though Stanton admitted that her and Murray are not on speaking terms, she only wants good things for him.
“We’re just going to go our separate ways,” she said. “I wish him the best.”