07/08/2010 at 01:00 AM EDT
Is there something in The Bachelor
Just two weeks after Jake Pavelka
and Vienna Girardi
announced they were separating
, former Bachelorette
star Jillian Harris
and fiancee Ed Swiderski
are taking a break, PEOPLE has learned.
According to a source at ABC, the two "are taking some time apart to re-evaluate their relationship.”
The couple, who got engaged May 2009 on the ABC reality show and settled down together
in Swiderski's one-bedroom Chicago condo in September, had previously discussed having a 2010 wedding
"It feels more normal than any relationship I've ever had," Harris told PEOPLE three months after the computer software consultant proposed in Hawaii. "When we're together it's very real."
But their engagement hasn't been without its ups and downs.
In August, they weathered rumors about Swiderski's alleged infidelity
when two women claimed he had been stringing both of them along while filming The Bachelorette
Harris stood by Swiderski, saying she was "not destroyed" by the allegations.
"Ed and I are trying to find humor in all of this … - and there isn't much -… but it's bringing us closer," she told PEOPLE at the time. – Eunice Oh