The honeymoon is over – a bare five months after the final aired, The Bachelor NZ 2017 couple Zac Franich and Viarni Bright are breaking up.

Franich and Bright announced their break-up on insta, both saying, “we just weren’t quite right for each other”, and “in any relationship things can suddenly change”.

“In life, some things just aren’t meant to be,” said Franich in an Instagram post. “Recently we both decided to continue our relationship just as friends. We’ll always share a lot of mutual love and respect, but felt we just weren’t quite right for each other.”

At the start of this year I first laid eyes on someone pretty incredible. I knew quickly that this was the girl I had been searching for. I became a very lucky man in being able call her mine, and count myself fortunate to have held her hand by my side ever since. We’ve had plenty of laughs and have shared some pretty special memories together in that time. However.. in life, some things just aren’t meant to be.. Recently we both decided to continue our relationship just as friends. We’ll always share a lot of mutual love and respect, but felt we just weren’t quite right for each other. It’s not something we took lightly & it’s really tough for the both of us. I know there’s no one else I would have rather embarked on this wild ride with, and can only ever smile when thinking of the time Viarni and I shared. I’ve learnt a lot from her and have had so many good times, for which I’ll always be grateful. We’ve also really appreciated the kind words & messages from everyone throughout. You’ve all helped make this crazy & amazing adventure something we won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Signing off one last time, Z & V ❤️

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In her own Instagram post, Bright explained to her followers that, “in any relationship things can suddenly change & you find yourselves at a point where you need to ask, is this enough? Are we really right for each other? Are we forever?”.

“Unfortunately I can’t quite say 100% yes to those anymore. As much as we wanted it to be forever, with heavy hearts we have decided to go our separate ways.

“It’s an extremely hard situation but I’m proud of us for being true to ourselves & choosing to share it, in our own words.

At the beginning of the year I took a big chance in life. With no expectations set, I stepped outta the car drenched in sequins & there he was with his beaming smile ✨ We instantly had a crush on each other, then dated for a while in a pretty rare situation 🌹 Feelings easily developed & in the end I happily became his girl. Over half a year has gone by & we have shared a pretty amazing relationship full of laughter, adventures & smiles | However like in any relationship things can suddenly change & you find yourselves at a point where you need to ask, is this enough? Are we really right for each other? Are we forever? Unfortunately I can’t quite say 100% yes to those anymore. As much as we wanted it to be forever, with heavy hearts we have decided to go our separate ways. It’s an extremely hard situation but I’m proud of us for being true to ourselves & choosing to share it, in our own words | Zac is a wonderful person & we will continue to care for each other. We will always share a bond over our journey & I would do it all again without changing a thing. Thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart for all the love shown to us along the way. The support, the experience itself & all the relationships I’ve made will never be forgotten 🖤

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Franich chose Bright, an account manager from Mount Maunganui, over runner-up Lily McManus during the season three finale of The Bachelor NZ in May.

MediaWorks has issued a statement on the break-up, with a spokesperson saying they are “really sorry to hear the news”.

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