It’s over for Clayton Echard and Susie Evans. The Bachelor Nation couple announced their “painful” split in a joint Instagram statement shared on Friday, September 23.

“With incredibly heavy hearts, we wanted to share that we have decided to go our separate ways,” the social media post started, noting that the decision to split was “not one taken lightly.”

Explaining their decision behind the breakup, the duo shared that “social media is definitely a highlight reel and much of our experiences together we have kept private as I’m sure most can understand.” However, the former flames noted there has “been a significant amount of pain” over the past year.

“We know no healthy relationship comes without its struggles, but we’ve realized that we were not prepared for the external forces that hindered our ability to not only heal as individuals but also as a couple. We both are focused on continuing to work on ourselves, so we can be the best version of ourselves,” Clayton and Susie wrote. “This is not an easy time for either of us but we stand in support of each other and hope to see the other go on to find happiness and healing.”

The pair noted that they hope fans can still “support us individually as we move forward with love and respect for each other” and thanked them for their support. “It means so much more than you will ever know,” they shared.

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