After quite the whirlwind of a season, co-leads Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey were engaged to their "dream guys" by the end of their respective journeys on The Bachelorette. However, it appears things aren't all sunshine and rainbows anymore for the two former happy couples.
Not only did Tino's infidelity lead Rachel to call off their engagement, but it seems Gabby and Erich's loving relationship has fallen victim to the infamous DWTS curse. So, what happened? Here's everything we know.
'Bachelorette' lead Gabby Windey is no longer engaged to Erich Schwer.
Following the Halloween episode of Dancing with the Stars, Gabby addressed the elephant in the room: Are she and Erich still engaged? Many eagle-eyed fans noticed Erich hadn't been attending the live shows (though he showed support for the 31-year-old former ICU nurse on social media), and they were worried the adorable couple had called things off.
"I think life is just really busy for the both of us right now," Gabby told Fox News. "So, I understand their concern, but we're just kinda, you know, going forward with each of our individual interests and supporting each other from afar."
Just a few days later, news broke that Gabby and Erich had officially ended their engagement.
On Nov. 4, 2022, a source confirmed their break up to E! News, stating that Gabby was the one who broke things off earlier in the week. The insider noted that Gabby "felt they weren't aligned and weren't on the same page," adding that she was "hoping they could give each other space and work it out but ultimately decided they didn't have a future."
Many fellow franchise alums addressed Gabby and Erich's breakup, with Jill Chin telling Us Weekly that "there had been the writing on the wall." Johnny DePhillipo, who dated Gabby on her season before joining Season 8 of BIP, also spoke with Us Weekly and said, "It's rough. … I do love her, and I wish her all the best. It’s hard to go through these things."
For those unaware, Gabby and Erich are the fourth Bachelor couple affected by the DWTS curse.
OK, we know you're probably wondering what that means, so according to Reality Steve, all franchise leads who went on DWTS immediately after their season ended have split from their winner. Other couples affected by the curse include Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi, Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff, and Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi.
Jesse Palmer revealed Gabby and Erich are trying to "work through things."
Although we're all devastated over Gabby and Erich's breakup, it seems no one is as upset as franchise host Jesse Palmer. The former NFL quarterback recently told Us Weekly that he's "bummed" about their split.
"I spoke to her yesterday [and] spoke to Erich this morning, and I know they’re still trying to kind of work through things, so just giving them the space that they need," Jesse told the outlet. "[They are] two amazing people and everybody saw the potential in that relationship and just wish them the best for whatever that is, whatever that means."