Bachelor in Paradise standouts Michael Allio and Danielle Maltby have split up after finding love on the beach during the most recent season of the ABC dating series.
Allio, who was first introduced to Bachelor franchise viewers while competing on Katie Thurston’s The Bachelorette season that aired in 2020, was a guest on Monday’s episode of the Trading Secrets podcast. During the appearance, he told host Jason Tartick that the couple had parted ways.
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“It’s still incredibly fresh,” Allio said. “I guess I’ll just come out with it: We’re not together anymore. It’s not what we planned. We both threw a lot into this relationship, and it’s really awful when it doesn’t work out.”
He continued, “When you realize that love is there, but you’re not necessarily compatible, you mourn the loss not of just that person and that friend in your life, but also the future that you had envisioned. And it’s to no fault of hers — she poured everything into this. I just have so much admiration.”
Allio added that the pair is “still working through some things and trying to stay close. Last couple months have been really tough.”
For her part, Maltby has not publicly commented on the relationship status.
Allio and Maltby developed their romance during the eighth season of Bachelor in Paradise that aired its finale in November. The pair bonded over having experienced tragedy, as Allio’s wife, Laura, died of cancer in 2019, and he is raising their son, James; Maltby’s fiancé died by suicide in 2011.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter following the season eight finale, the couple explained why they weren’t in a rush to get engaged.
“We don’t necessarily feel the pressure of timelines that maybe the audience imposes or the show has in place,” Allio said at the time. “We will 100 percent march to our own drum, and I think that’s what works best for us. So it’s all of those little moments that we now get to share together and begin building memories as a couple, which I can’t wait for.”
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