Another one bites the dust!

Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson have become the most recent pair to fall under the Bachelor curse, calling it quits after their nine-month relationship and televised engagement.

In an exclusive joint statement to In Touch, Bachelor Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson confirm, "After meeting over a year ago, we have decided to end our romantic relationship. The ups and downs weighed heavily on us both and ultimately we started to grow apart because of the distance, time apart, and our need to focus on our respective careers."

The couple only recently opened up about their loving relationship and shared home together in San Francisco, but it seems their time together has officially come to an end. Earlier in the year, the couple decided to “take things slow” after a failed attempt at living together, admitting that everything was moving too fast for Courtney and that they were focusing on dating instead of their engaged life in the spotlight.

Though Courtney still envisioned a happy ending with Ben, predicting that they would be married with babies five years down the line, they’ve learned that relationships are much like receiving the final coveted rose — completely unpredictable.

"We have nothing but the utmost respect for each other, and both feel this is the right decision," they said of their split. "We continue to remain friends and will support each other in future endeavors. Thanks to everyone for your love and support, it's been quite a ride."

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