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After much speculation, The Bachelorette's ill-fated lovers Emily Maynard and Jef Holm finally confirmed yesterday that they had indeed split up, officially calling time on their TV-ready relationship.
But despite days of playing coy on the status of their coupling, Emily wasted no time in proving just how single she now is, and E! News has exclusively obtained the first shot of the newly unbetrothed Maynard stepping out without her engagement ring.
Emily was showing no signs of the breakup blues when she was spotted on a fast-food run in Charlotte, N.C., looking stylish as ever wearing skinny jeans, a leather jacket, a cobalt blue top and black Ray-Ban aviator shades.
And while she was minus her engagement ring, she did have one accessory to make up for it: a big old smile.
The ringless sighting is just the latest confirmation (not like any more was needed) that the once-inseparable couple has gone their separate ways. Their joint announcement yesterday revealing the "difficult and heartbreaking decision" they'd come to capped off a seemingly endless back-and-forth as to the state of their relationship.
Just last week, the now former couple defended their partnership, denying reports that they'd broken up. However, the writing on the wall came into clearer focus this week, when Jef changed his Facebook status from "engaged" to "single" while, for her part, Emily tweeted a series of spirit-raising inspirational quotes.
Meanwhile, misery loves company and fellow unlucky-in-lover Arie Luyendyk (who reportedly contributed to Courtney Robertson's split from Bachelor Ben Flajnik), tweeted Jef, asking for a meet-up.
"Hey hear you're in AZ," he wrote. "Meet me in Tempe on Mill. I'll be there in an hour bud!" It seemed to be all the courting he needed, as Twitter sightings have the pair making good on their social plans.
In any case, while we're not sure what went wrong for the ex-lovebirds, we do know that looking good is the best revenge. Point, Emily.