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Vanessa Grimaldi has spoken out for the first time since she and "The Bachelor" alum Nick Viall called off their engagement after only five months. She spoke out on Monday, August 28, and he followed suit by speaking out a day later. Both of them said similar things.

Joint statement

Nick, 36, and Vanessa, 29, announced their break up last Friday. Their joint statement indicated that they had tried very hard to make their relationship work, but it was very challenging.

They also said it was a difficult decision to break their engagement, but they had decided to go their separate ways even though they still love each other and will remain friends.

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Some viewers who had followed Nick on "The Bachelorette," "The Bachelor in Paradise," and "The Bachelor" were not surprised when Nick and Vanessa broke their engagement. They were surprised that the engagement lasted as long as it did. Viewers noticed that Vanessa was not one to compromise. A major factor in the separation is that she loves her special education teaching position in Montreal, Canada, and she did not want to give it up and live in the United States.

What Vanessa said

The main focus of Vanessa's individual message is that even though she feels broken, it's okay to feel broken and it's okay to cry and lean on the shoulder of a friend. She posted a photo on Instagram of her leaning on a friend. Vanessa says she is broken, but she did not give any clues that there is a chance for a reconciliation.

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What Nick said

Nick indicated in his individual statement that he is not having an easy time coping with the split. However, he is counting on the support from his family and friends to help him during these trying times. He said he is glad he has friends outside of Los Angeles where he can visit. He plans to visit friends in Chicago this weekend where he can get the support he needs to cope with the broken engagement.

Since Nick has been on all of the ABC dating reality shows already, it is unlikely that he will return. It is interesting that Neil Lane jewelry selected four different engagement rings for Nick to propose to women on those reality shows.

He had one ready in case Andi Dorfman would select him on "The Bachelorette." However, Nick came in second. Then he came in second during Kaitlyn Bristowe's season. He refused to propose to Jen Saviano on "Bachelor in Paradise." He finally proposed to Vanessa Grimaldi on the last season of "The Bachelor." However, the engagement has been called off.