The Bachelorette‘s Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray are officially disengaged, according to everyone—but most especially Josh’s mom, who wrote about the split in such detail on her Facebook page, you’d think she was in the relationship. (And maybe she was.) (Awkward.)
“Yes it’s true, Andi & Josh have chosen to break off their engagement,” Lauren Goodhart Murray posted on January 9. “Although there was no one thing that precipitated their decision, they were thoughtful & wise in their decision… I know we all wanted the storybook ending but I trust The Lord has an even better journey for each of them and that makes my heart happy.”
On January 8, Josh Murray posted—then deleted—an image to his Instagram account with a similarly religious caption. Us Weekly reports that the “snap was a silhouette of a man kneeling with one arm raised to the sky with the caption: ‘Lord, help me to have faith in your plan.'”
That same day, the couple issued a fairly pareve, ‘consciously uncoupling’-type statement to E! News: “After several months of being engaged and working on our relationship, we have decided that it’s best for both of us to go our separate ways,” they wrote. “We are very sad that it has come to this point, but this is what’s best for both of us individually. We will continue to be good friends and have nothing but great things to say about each other and wish each other the best.”
Here at Jewcy HQ, we can’t help but wonder how much the couple’s religious differences might have contributed to the split—she’s Jewish (and seemingly pretty secular), he’s a devout Christian (with Jewish heritage). Close readers of Tova Ross’ season 10 recaps will recall that the show’s producers conveniently elided these facts in their race to the ratings altar. We never saw Andi or Josh (or any of the suitors) discuss hot-button topics like politics or religion—you know, the sort of stuff couples should talk about before getting engaged. Did these conversations take place? Perhaps, but we’ll probably never find out, which is kind of a shame. Regardless of the reason for the split (hey, maybe Andi just didn’t want to marry into a family of Chiefs fans), it’s weird—even remiss—that The Bachelor franchise has an embargo on conversations about interfaith dating.