Friends tell PEOPLE that the couple are still together
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There are some downsides to being on The Bachelor. For one thing, people will always speculate about the direction of your relationships long after the cameras are off.

The latest Bachelor to face breakup rumors is Juan Pablo Galavis, who chose Nikki Ferrell in the finale of season 18 – but declined to propose to her. The rumors began after Galavis was photographed talking with another woman in Atlantic City. Ferrell was nowhere to be seen. Soon, multiple media outlets speculated that they had broken up.

But multiple sources close to the couple tell PEOPLE that Galavis and Ferrell are still together. “They haven’t split,” a friend of Galavis says. “Like every couple, they may have had ups and downs, but they’re still very happy and moving in the right direction.”

If their Twitter accounts are any indication, there is no trouble in paradise. On Sunday, Galavis Tweeted a photo of a lake and tagged Ferrell. “Wish BOTH of us were sitting HERE,” he wrote. She replied, “Me too.”

For their next public outing, the couple will attend Hearts of Reality, a charity event in Celebration, Florida, that raises money for Give Kids the World. According to organizers, the couple are still on their guest roster to sign autographs for their fans at the end of the month.

Galavis and Ferrell have faced their share of adversity and recently filmed scenes for season 5 of VH1’s Couples Therapy. “I don’t know why people want them to split up so badly,” says Galavis’s friend. “Some people just can’t be happy for them. They’ve weathered a lot, and they’re really in this for good.”

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