Ali Fedotowsky, Roberto Martinez: ‘Bachelorette’ Couple Split

Although it may seem shocking, it appears a reality TV contest is not the best way to meet a life partner.

People often reject the “gay marriage is harming straight marriage” argument because aside from being an utterly stupid premise, it also is fairly well nullified by the presence of shows like the Bachelor and the Bachelorette, during which one man or woman competes for the affections of a single individual of the opposite sex- often with the guiding hand of producers and creators enhancing the drama level to massive heights. Most couples who meet in this fashion last a few months, if that, past the final episode, often not making it to even the finale’s air date still speaking to one another.

You can add Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez of the Bachelorette to the list of failed reality TV show couples, as the pair have called off their marriage plans for good. Earlier this year, the couple’s planned wedding was postponed after Fedotowsky broke her leg during a kickboxing session, and at the time, she said she “shed some tears” over the decision to hold off on the wedding. Then a report hit that the couple were perhaps not a great match. A source said:

“Their relationship has been tumultuous since day one… They’re either extremely happy or they can’t stand each other.”

While the couple denied the rumors, a rep for the pair now says that Fedotowsky and Martinez don’t ever plan to tie the knot:

“Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez have ended their relationship. As they go through this difficult time, we ask that you respect the couple’s privacy.”

Do you think shows like this can ever produce a healthy, lasting relationship?