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Fans are still trying to cope with the sad news surrounding Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray, but there's also one other person that comes to mind when hearing of the engaged couple's split—Nick Viall.
When it came down to it, Murray and Viall were the last two men standing and vying for Andi's heart at the end of The Bachelorette last season, and things clearly didn't go in Nick's favor.
And now, like the rest of us, Viall has caught wind of the breakup news and—again, like the rest of us—was caught off-guard. "I was surprised. I feel for them. Heartbreak is tough for anyone, whether you're engaged or not. It stinks," Nick tells E! News.
He also makes it very clear that this in no way makes him feel vindicated.
"I've been asked that a lot today, but the answer is no. I don't hold any ill will against either of them. I've moved on with my life."
And moved on, he has! Viall tells us that while he's not in an exclusive relationship with anyone, he's enjoying himself. "I'm dating and it's been fun. I enjoy being out there. But I haven't met that girl yet," he explains.
With that said, Nick trumps any idea that he may try for a second chance with Andi (sorry, guys!). "No. In a lot of cases things happen for the right reason and in our case it did," he says. "I'm excited about the people I have in my life now. What happened with Andi is in my past and it's going to stay there. I moved on. I don't want to move backwards."
Viall tells us that he hasn't reached out to either of them since the split was announced, but adds, "Maybe down the line it would be nice to reconnect with Josh as a friend."
"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," the now-former pair said in a joint statement.
"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."
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Other former Bachelorettei contestants from Andi's season also spoke out about the shocking split
"I thought they were meant to be since day one on the show," Patrick Jags told E! News. "Almost to the point where I didn't think anyone else had a chance with her. I'm sad to hear this because they both looked so happy post-show. I wish them the best and I'm sure they will both bounce back."
Not everyone had such a supportive view of the situation, however.
Nick Sutter tells us, "From the Start Andi and Josh were the 'perfect fairy tale couple.' I felt that Andi wasn't there for true love. If it happened then it would have been a bonus for her but her main goal was to make the crowd proud. There was love there no doubt about it, but Andi saw more public potential with Josh than with Nick.
"Josh was Prince Charming and could do no wrong and that's what America wanted. Andi knew that, if her main goal was to find a husband, lover, life partner, best friend, and soul mate I believe she would have made a different choices. But when the cameras are rolling and millions of fans are watching it became so much more then finding love for Andi. It's pretty unfortunate to be honest. I love them both and wish them nothing but happiness in the future."
"I'm not all that shocked," said another of Andi's Bachelorette suitors, Andrew Poole. "It makes one wonder what her intentions were from the get-go. Two broken hearts now left in the wake of her path to stardom. Were Nick and Josh pawns all along?"
—Additional reporting by Sara Kitnick