Tony Pieper and Blakeley Jones
Less than two months after they got engaged
on the finale of Bachelor Pad 3
, Blakeley Jones and Tony Pieper have gone their separate ways.
"This didn't end the way I wanted it to," Pieper tells PEOPLE. "I thought Blakeley was the love of my life."
Pieper, who competed for Emily Maynard
's heart on The Bachelorette
, met Jones, from Ben Flajnik
's season of The Bachelor
, on the third installment of Bachelor Pad
. The pair became partners, cozied up on several romantic dates and by the finale, Pieper shocked fans and viewers by proposing with a Neil Lane engagement ring.
Soon after, Jones moved to Pieper's native Portland where the trouble began.
"It was like a fairy tale at first when we were on the show and afterward," he says. "It was like a vacation – we were in the honeymoon stage. Then when she moved here, it was really difficult for both of us. Blakeley had to start over a new life – there were so many stresses. The honeymoon stage drifted away. We were both going through the motions and we weren't as happy as we could have been. It was a mutual decision [to end our relationship]."
But they did try to make things work: "We had a counseling session," he says.
Since the split, first reported by Wetpaint.com
, Jones has moved home.
"I really hope we'll stay friends," Pieper says. "Right now, it's really hard. But I'll always love her."