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A day after a report came out stating they might have broken up for good, engaged Bachelor couple Brad Womack and Emily Maynard are now denying the split rumors.

The duo released a statement yesterday admitting that while things have been bumpy at times, they are still in love and dedicated to one another.

“At long last, Emily and I can be open to the world and each other about our relationship. Though we are madly in love, it has been a bumpy couple of months for us and our priority right now is to focus on our relationship,” said Brad, 38, and Emily, 25. “We hope that you can respect our privacy as we return to normalcy and begin our off-screen lives together,” they added in the statement.

Meanwhile, Bachelor host Chris Harrison appeared on the Ryan Seacrest radio show yesterday morning during which he revealed Brad and Emily have broken up more than once before. “They actually broke up a couple of times. They both are incredibly stubborn, they’re very much alike and neither one of them give. And they’ve had some knock-down drag out fights,” said Chris.

Brad and Emily also grace the latest cover of PEOPLE magazine, out tomorrow, opening up about their relationship to the mag.

“I’m so happily engaged. I’ve never been happier, I promise you that,” Brad tells PEOPLE. “The hardest part is behind us,” adds Emily. “I feel pretty confident if we can make it through [the past three months], we can make it through.”

The mag also teases that Brad and Emily might be trying to have a baby despite their bumpy relationship thus far.

And finally, despite the not so positive response from fans of the show, ABC is moving full speed ahead with Ashley Hebert as their next Bachelorette. The network in fact released some new promo images of Ashley, 26. Those photos are below!

The Bachelorette premieres May 23 on ABC.

The Bachelor finale aired last night with a happy ending as Brad Womack proposed to his final pick Emily Maynard and she accepted!

However, immediately following the show, we discovered there was already trouble in paradise for the engaged couple. Unlike the previous couples who came on the After The Final Rose special and pretended stated all was perfect in their relationship, Emily, 24, and Brad, 38, displayed some refreshing honesty by admitting they have had some troubles.

They both shockingly revealed they had even broken up once and canceled a planned wedding. The two however stated they are now committed to making things work.

Fast forward to today and sources tell Popeater the two have broken up for good due to Emily’s insecurities. “Emily is so insecure, she just isn’t cut out for all the fame and attention her relationship is under,” a show insider reveals. “The six weeks of shooting the show in paradise was easy, away from prying eyes and photographers, but since they both returned to their normal lives things have been a disaster.”

The sources claim Emily has simply had a tough time adjusting to life after the show with Brad. One of the sources adds that they “would love to say they are going to make it, but they won’t. After we taped the ‘After the Rose,’ it was clear to everyone that this one was not going to work.”

In other news, Ashley Hebert was officially announced as the next Bachelorette last night to the disappointment of many fans, who simply believe she is too boring for the job. “I’ve been single for almost four years,” said Ashley. “I’m excited — I’m making up for lost time.” Ashley’s season of the Bachelorette airs May 23 on ABC.

And finally, it seems former Bachelor “winner” Vienna Girardi has found love again… With a former Bachelorette contestant as she is now dating Kasey Kahl, you know, the crazypants hopeless romantic from Ali Fedotowsky’s season. Yep, the two have been dating for a couple of weeks now and photos of the two lovebirds are below.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST WITH BRAD AND EMILY? DO YOU THINK THEY WILL MAKE IT? WHAT DID YOU MAKE OF THE ATFR SPECIAL?

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