Josh Murray has moved on. The former Bachelorette contestant, who won single lady Andi Dorfman’s heart on the 10th season of ABC’s rose-filled reality show, says he has never been happier than he is now. In a new interview with People, Murray said both he and his former fiancé have completely moved on from their tumultuous relationship.
“I don’t talk to Andi. For me, I moved on in my life.”
Josh Murray was Andi Dorfman’s final pick on the Season 10 of the long-running reality dating show, and he proposed to her on the season finale back in 2014. But the couple called it quits last January after an eight-month engagement. Since that time, Josh has used his reality TV fame to give back to some charities that are close to his heart.
While his relationship with Dorfman didn’t work out, Josh is still playing the dating game and hopes to find a wife, which is why he took a shot at finding love on national TV in the first place. In the People interview, Murray said he didn’t know up front that Andi was going to be The Bachelorette, but he decided to put himself out there and “be vulnerable for once.”
“I wasn’t dating anybody at the time so I said: ‘Why not?’ I didn’t know who the Bachelorette was going to be, but I at least wanted to go and put myself out there. And be vulnerable for once. It was one of those things [when] you just had to take a chance and see.”
And although his engagement to Dorfman ended badly, Murray revealed that he is still looking for a wife.
“And I’m a big family guy, you know: I want to get married, I want to have kids, I want all that kind of stuff.”
Josh Murray is now dating a new lady, while Dorfman has spent the past several months writing a book about surviving heartbreak. Indeed, her sit-down with show host Chris Harrison after her split from Murray was gut wrenching, so hopefully her book, due out this spring, will give fans all the details on how she handled her breakup from Josh.
Andi is also “actively pursuing” a new relationship now. But she makes it clear that she’s “done” with reality TV, so don’t expect to see her pulling a Brad Womack and showing up as the lead for a second season of The Bachelorette. In a separate interview with People, Dorfman said she learned a lot from her relationship with Murray, as well as her other 24 Bachelorette boyfriends.
“Definitely no more dating on TV! I learned something from each one of my relationships. Even though they were failures, in a sense, every one of them taught me about what I needed versus what I wanted in a guy.”
While Josh and Andi’s relationship didn’t work out, the ABC reality franchise just celebrated 20 seasons of The Bachelor. And those 20 seasons are in addition to the 11 completed seasons of The Bachelorette. (A 12th season is in the works for this spring.)
As for what went wrong between Josh and Andi, at the time of their split, rumors were swirling that they were both more interested in reality TV fame than in finding love. And based on their bad breakup, there’s definitely more to the aftermath of their story than simply “moving on.”
In sharp contrast to Josh Murray and Andi Dorfman’s post-split silent treatment, last year’s Bachelor star Chris Soules recently said he is on good terms with his final pick and ex-fiancé, Whitney Bischoff, and that they regularly check in with each other. Too bad all Bachelor couples can’t be like that.
Take a look at Andi talking about “picking up the pieces” after her split with Josh Murray in the video below.
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