‘Bachelor in Paradise’: The Real Reason Connor and Whitney Split

Bachelor in Paradise may be closed for the season, but fans are still invested in receiving news about their favorite couples. Connor Saeli and Whitney Fransway were one unexpected couple that hit it off this Summer. In their very brief time as a couple on the show, they managed to gain the support of everyone on the beach and a fair amount of Bachelor Nation. However, the pair have recently called it quits. But just what is the reason behind this decision?

Bachelor in Paradise alum, Whitney Fransway ex-girlfriend of Connor Saeli
Whitney Fransway | Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The Zoe Report

A quick recap

Saeli arrived to the Bachelor in Paradise beach just in time to capture the attention of Caelynn Miller-Keyes. After Dean Unglert left her heartbroken on the beach, she was happy to put her attention elsewhere. As she and Saeli hit it off amidst the Bachelor in Paradise alumni wedding, they quickly fell into a romance. However, when Unglert returned to whisk Miller-Keyes away for van living, Saeli found himself alone on the beach. Saeli considered leaving but ultimately, chose to stay as he hoped that Fransway would eventually make an appearance on the beach. He mentioned that the pair had also connected at the wedding and he was anxious to see where that connection could go.

Connor Saeli and Whitney Fransway

When days passed and there was no sign of Fransway, Saeli elected to leave Bachelor in Paradise. Not 30 minutes after Saeli said his final goodbye, Fransway finally showed up with a date card in hand. Fransway had every intention of pursuing Saeli and when she found out he’d already left, she elected to chase after him. She showed up at his hotel room right in the nick of time and the two shared the first semi-private date in Bachelor in Paradise history, before leaving the show together.

But, the relationship was a short-lived endeavor and rumors that the Bachelor in Paradise couple had broken up quickly spread. Fans were confused because the pair seemed to hit it off so well. Furthermore, both Fransway and Saeli recently posted pictures in Tulum, Mexico at the same time, which seemed to imply that they were still together. Speculation led to confusion and ultimately Bachelor In Paradise fans began questioning both Fransway and Saeli about if their relationship had truly ended.

Fransway confirms the breakup on Instagram

Taking to her Instagram page, Fransway set the record straight and let fans know that the pair had, in fact, called it quits. Though the pair had mutual respect for one another and clear channels of communication, ultimately the long-distance proved to be something that was hard to navigate.

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See ya later, Paradise ✌

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“Since I’m getting so many questions about Connor and I; Here ya go:
Connor and I really hit off at Paradise this year. We had an instant spark between us. When we left Paradise, it allowed us to explore that spark further. Jumping into a long-distant relationship, right after, made it more difficult. At the end of August, we started having more serious conversations about where we saw our relationship going. We have been nothing but honest in communicating our feelings throughout the relationship, but we came to a conclusion that it just wasn’t working right now,” the Bachelor in Paradise alum began.

Fransway continued on to share that she and Saeli were still on good terms and had lots of respect for one another. “The connection we had wasn’t igniting as much as it did in the beginning. I have grown to care for him very much and we have shared a lot of memories together in the past few months. I will always have nothing but respect for him. We are still on good terms and ultimately, still have the foundation of a friendship. We have mutually decided this is the best decision for both of us. Thank you to everyone who was rooting for us and has been so so supportive. I appreciate it so very much. Love you all,” Fransway concluded.

Better luck next time

It’s great to see that this former Bachelor in Paradise couple is handling their breakup with such maturity, unlike others in the franchise. Relationships are hard enough without the pressures of a fanbase and publicity, but they both seem to be taking the split in stride. We wish them the best of luck as they continue on their separate ways.