Abbie Chatfield and former Bachelor couple Chelsie and Matt.
Abbie Chatfield and former Bachelor couple Chelsie and Matt.

Abbie breaks silence on Bachelor split

She's the woman who nearly won Matt Agnew's heart on The Bachelor.

Now, runner-up Abbie Chatfield has spoken out about the shock split between Matt Agnew and Chelsie McLeod, saying she had "nothing to do" with their sudden break-up.

The couple - who met on the most recent series of The Bachelor - announced they had called it quits, just weeks after the reality TV show's finale aired.

In a statement to her 111,000 Instagram followers, Chatfield said: "Some of you are saying it's 'my shot,' others are saying that he's done a Blake Garvey. None of this is fair on Chelsie, Matt or me".

"My contact with Matt ended when I walked away from him at the finale, and I am good friends with Chelsie and love her very much," she posted on her Instagram story.

 

Former Bachelor contestant Abbie Chatfield.
Former Bachelor contestant Abbie Chatfield.

 

Matt Agnew, right, and Chelsie McLeod have split weeks after The Bachelor finale aired.
Matt Agnew, right, and Chelsie McLeod have split weeks after The Bachelor finale aired.

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"These comments are unnecessary and aren't helping anyone. I have nothing to do with their relationship or their break-up, so I'd appreciate it if I was left out of the conversation.

"Matt and Chels are great humans and I want them both to be happy."

She also singled out a troll who suggested the split has her "fault", saying the vicious slur was example of "what we aren't going to do".

Chatfield, who became a fan favourite on The Bachelor for her forthright attitudes towards dating, is considered a frontrunner for the next series of The Bachelorette.

Meantime, Agnew and McLeod announced their separation yesterday, with the astrophysicist confessing the now-former couple relationship didn't "translate" outside filming. They were last publicly pictured together on November 6.

"Chels and I have made some beautiful memories together that I'll always cherish, and I wish her nothing but the absolute best," Agnew wrote.

 

 

"However, it's with a heavy heart that I write this. For Chels and me, our relationship hasn't translated from filming to the real, every day world as we had hoped."

Agnew insisted there was no other romantic interest in his life. "For those who may wonder if there's someone else for me right now, there absolutely is not," he said.

"It's no one's fault, it's just life."

 

 

In a statement, McLeod said she was "thankful" for her time with Agnew. "Matt showed me what it was like to be respected in a relationship and I am so thankful for that," she wrote on Instagram.

"However, it saddens me to say that we are no longer together. I wish him nothing but the best. I'm sorry to those that were invested in our relationship."

She urged her social media followers to respect the pair's privacy, as they "don't know what is going on behind the screen".

ON OR OFF? WHERE OUR BACHELOR COUPLES ARE NOW

THE BACHELOR

* Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich tied the knot in Italy last year, though the pair have been the subject of break-up speculation lately and are living separately while Robards shoots Neighbours in Melbourne (lawyer Heinrich lives in the $1.9 million Rose Bay apartment the couple purchased in Sydney a year ago).

 

Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich. Picture: Anna's Instagram
Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich. Picture: Anna's Instagram

 

* Blake Garvey famously became engaged to Sam Frost, only to dump her for another contestant, Louis Pillidge (that relationship eventually ended as well).

 

Blake Garvey and Sam Frost. Picture: Supplied
Blake Garvey and Sam Frost. Picture: Supplied

 

* Sam Wood and Snezana Markoski (now Snezana Wood) are married with two children Charlie and Willow. Wood is also a stepfather to Eve, Snezana's daughter from a previous relationship.

 

Snezana Markoskia and Sam Wood. Picture: Ian Currie
Snezana Markoskia and Sam Wood. Picture: Ian Currie

 

* Richie Strahan and Alex Nation broke up after about five months after their season aired in 2017, with all the messy details rehashed when they both appeared on a later series of Bachelor spin-off, Bachelor in Paradise.

 

Richie Strahan and Alex Nation arrive at the 59th Annual Logie Awards. Picture: Getty
Richie Strahan and Alex Nation arrive at the 59th Annual Logie Awards. Picture: Getty

 

* Matty J is engaged to Laura Byrne, who won his season of The Bachelor, and the couple have a baby girl, Marlie Mae, who was born in June. They play to tie the knot next year.

 

Matty 'J' Johnson and Bachelor winner Laura Byrne are seen in the marquee in the Birdcage on Melbourne Cup Day. Picture: AAP
Matty 'J' Johnson and Bachelor winner Laura Byrne are seen in the marquee in the Birdcage on Melbourne Cup Day. Picture: AAP

 

* Former Rugby Union Nick Cummins (aka The Honey Badger) famously dumped Brittany Hockley and Sophie Tieman in the finale of his season, choosing no one.

 

Nick Cummins as The Bachelor with Brittany Hockley. Picture: Channel 10
Nick Cummins as The Bachelor with Brittany Hockley. Picture: Channel 10

 

The Bachelor Nick Cummins with Sophie Tieman.
The Bachelor Nick Cummins with Sophie Tieman.

 

* Matt Agnew and Chelsie McLeod's romance ended two months after the series aired.

THE BACHELORETTE

* Sam Frost and Sasha Mielczarek dated for a year an a half, before splitting in 2016.

 

Sam Frost and former boyfriend Sasha Mielczarek in Bali. Picture: Instagram
Sam Frost and former boyfriend Sasha Mielczarek in Bali. Picture: Instagram

 

* Georgia Love is engaged to Lee Elliott, who won her series of The Bachelorette. The couple became engaged in September, after dating for nearly three years.

 

Lee Elliott (left) and Georgia Love are seen in the Birdcage on Melbourne Cup Day. Picture: AAP
Lee Elliott (left) and Georgia Love are seen in the Birdcage on Melbourne Cup Day. Picture: AAP

 

* Sophie Monk famously split from publican Stu Laundy not long after she chose him over Jarrod Woodgate in 2017. By January 2018, Monk announced their break-up. She is now dating Joshua Gross, after meeting him on a flight.

 

Sophie Monk and Stu Laundy in Canada before they split. Picture: Supplied/Instagram
Sophie Monk and Stu Laundy in Canada before they split. Picture: Supplied/Instagram

 

* Ali Oetjen is still dating Taite Radley, who won her series of The Bachelorette in 2018.

 

Ali Oetjen with Taite Radley. Picture: Instagram
Ali Oetjen with Taite Radley. Picture: Instagram

 

* Last week, Angie Kent chose Carlin Sterritt - who was married at the time of filming - over Timm Hanly in the finale of her season, and the pair are now dating (Sterritt's divorce has since been finalised).

 

Louise Pillidge and Blake Garvey. Picture: Daniel Wilkins
Louise Pillidge and Blake Garvey. Picture: Daniel Wilkins

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