July 04, 2011

Emily Maynard and Brad Womack Break Up: What’s Next?

By now, most Bachelor/Bachelorette fans are well aware that former couple Brad Womack and Emily Maynard have called off their engagement and broken up. And, by now, many of you know that ABC plans to air an exclusive interview with Emily Maynard during next week’s episode. What most of us don’t know is what exactly went wrong between Brad and Emily and what’s next for the formerly happy couple.

What Caused the Breakup?

Brad and Emily were having a tough time with their relationship from the very beginning. They were fighting and arguing before the show stopped airing and were very honest about their troubles when they sat down for their After the Final Rose Ceremony interview. At that time, it seemed like Emily was the jealous one who couldn’t stand to see Brad with the other girls on the show.

Now, months later, it’s Brad who’s taking responsibility for the failure of their relationship. He told PEOPLE, “I would get so angry and would feel almost violated [over tabloid rumors of infidelity]. I would keep those feelings bottled up, and by the time I had the chance to speak to Em…I would let that negative emotion come flooding out, and it was almost as if she was being attacked.”

Either way, the two couldn’t seem to make it work and have ended their engagement and their relationship.

What’s Next for Brad and Emily?

Unfortunately for fans of the couple, this may be the last we’ll see of Brad or Emily. Brad referred to the paparazzi as a “huge game-changer” in regards to his relationship with Emily and Em isn’t impressed with the paps either. When asked about the possibility of Emily becoming the next Bachelorette, she seems unoptimistic about taking the lead role. “Right now my main focus is being a mom. I’m just like any girl dealing with a heartbreak. The last thing on my mind is to do this all over again…I’m done with all the media speculation. I want to move on and get back to normal.”

Will Brad and Emily Stay In Touch?

While the split is heartbreaking to say the least, fans can find some comfort in knowing that Brad and Emily plan to remain friends. “I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future,” Emily says when asked about the possibility of reconciliation. “I know that I love him, and more than anything he’s been a friend to me…I think he’s always going to be a part of my life.”

Meanwhile Brad remains certain that his love for Emily will last long after the breakup. “She was the one,” he says. “She’s the only woman I ever wanted to marry. I will always be in love with Em.”

So sad.

Do you think Brad and Emily will get back together in the future?