‘The Bachelor’: Madison Prewett and Peter Weber Announce Breakup on Instagram

[Spoiler alert: The Bachelor Season 24.] On March 10, ABC aired The Bachelor Season 24 finale. And as promised by host Chris Harrison, it was truly the most dramatic ending yet. The live episode wrapped in an uncomfortable silence after Peter Weber chose Madison Prewett over Hannah Ann Sluss and the Weber family publicly voiced their disapproval of the bachelor’s final choice. The couple said they were in love and wanted to take their relationship one day at a time. Now, two days later, Prewett and Weber revealed they are no longer together, announcing their breakup on Instagram.

Peter Weber announces his split with Madison Prewett on Instagram

The Bachelor fans have been waiting to hear from Prewett and Weber since they left the After the Final Rose taping on March 10. Unlike most couples within the franchise, Prewett and Weber did not make the media rounds. So when the 28-year-old pilot finally addressed Bachelor Nation fans after the show wrapped, everyone was shocked.

At around 9 p.m. PST on March 12, Weber posted about his breakup with Prewett on Instagram. He kicked off the post by thanking his Bachelor cast.

“I want to start by acknowledging the incredible group of women that I had the privilege of getting to know this season,” Weber wrote. “Thank you for coming on this journey with me. I learned so many lessons from all of you that I will carry with me.”

Pilot Pete followed with a thank you note to Prewett. “Madi, thank you for your patience and unconditional love,” he wrote. “You’re the epitome of a woman who carries herself with grace, stands by what she believes in, and loves whole heartedly. That love is something I feel so grateful to have felt and will take a piece of that with me always going forward.”

Madison Prewett and Peter Weber on 'The Bachelor' - Season 24 finale
Madison Prewett and Peter Weber on ‘The Bachelor’ | John Fleenor via Getty Images

Then Weber dropped the news of his split with Prewett, explaining why they landed on the decision. “Madi and I have mutually decided to not pursue our relationship any further,” Weber wrote. “Believe me this was not easy for either of us to be ok with, but after a lot of honest conversations, we have agreed that this is what makes most sense for the two of us. The love and respect I have for Madi will continue to endure.”

The bachelor also thanked Sluss while simultaneously taking the blame for their breakup. “Hannah Ann, you set an example for women everywhere a couple nights ago,” he wrote. “You are such a strong, confident woman and you deserve all the love in the world. I accept full responsibility for my mistakes in our relationship and wish you only the best.”

Weber concluded his statement by thanking his friends and family. “This has been an emotional experience and I am so grateful for the outreach of support that I have received from friends, family, and Bachelor Nation in the last few days,” he wrote. “Thank you to all of you! This is just a another chapter in my story. One I will never forget and one I will always cherish.”

Madison Prewett posts about her breakup with Peter Weber on Instagram

Meanwhile, Prewett addressed her breakup with Weber on her own Instagram account. And like the bachelor, the Auburn alum was thankful for the journey and looked forward to the future.

“So incredibly thankful for this amazing journey I’ve had the honor of being a part of,” Prewett said. “I have grown so much and am stronger than I was going in. I have learned the importance of acceptance, forgiveness, and grace.”

She continued: “As Peter and I have decided to go our separate ways, I am confident that we will both move in the direction of our purpose and never forget that God has a plan in all things. I will always love and respect him. I am convinced our paths were meant to cross and we are both better because they did. @pilot_pete you are an amazing guy and I’m thankful for you. I will always be your biggest fan.”

Then Prewett ended her statement by giving The Bachelor team a brief shout-out. “And to the amazing women I met this season, I will love you for life,” she said. “Thank you @abcnetwork for allowing me to embark on this journey. “

During The Bachelor finale, it was clear Prewett and Weber had a challenge ahead of them if they wanted to be together. On the evening of March 11, Harrison told Entertainment Tonight Weber wanted to work towards piecing his life back together, including “his relationship with Madison, his relationship with his family.” He also suggested that Weber “take a break, unplug, get away” because “this too shall pass.”

Now with Prewett and Weber’s breakup announcement on Instagram, hopefully the bachelor is able to mend all the relationships within his life and move forward.

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