Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez: Behind the Split

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After meeting fiance Roberto Martinez on The Bachelorette, then experiencing an epic courtship, Ali Fedotowsky said she was ready to marry him, and quickly.

Fast forward a year and a half, and it's over.

The pair had a nice run by Bachelorette standards (18 months qualifies as a long-term relationship by any measure), but she broke up with Roberto last week.

Now, in People's new cover story, Ali explains why.

Ali F., Roberto M.

"I wouldn't be being truthful if I said this came out of nowhere," a tearful Fedotowsky said, reflecting on the rocky times she and Roberto endured of late.

"We definitely were having problems. But I always believed we could work it out."

Despite putting the brakes on their fast-tracked wedding plans last year, and then twice more postponing plans to walk down the aisle with Roberto, Ali says they did make a concerted effort to stay together and to weather the tough times.

In spite of that, their arguments continued, and worsened at that.

"We both realized we were unhappy more than we were happy," says Ali, in a candid take of a romance born on a show so often phony. "And we both deserved more"

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Let's face it. The majority of the contestants on the Bachelor/Bachelorette are after a career in TV, not Romance. If you look hard you can see the same people on other TV shows. I saw Samantha Levy on the Jerry Springer "Baggage" show where she likes to post nude pictures of her Ex's on the internet. I have almost stopped watching the show. It is too much like "Survivor" where they are recycling all their old cast members. I think the Bacheloer Pad is more reality, where all they want to do is "hook up" and make money.

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I ENJOYED THE BEST BACHELORETTE EVER AND WAS SO DISAPPOINTED AFTER THE SPLIT. IF ONE LOVES SOMEONE SO MUCH, LOVER CONQUERS EVERTHING AND YOU WORK AT IT UNTIL YOU CAN AGREE. TRUE LOVE IS A LOT MORE THAN HOPPING IN AND OUR OF RELATIONSHIPS. THERE IS NO ONE ON THIS EARTH THATS RELATIONSHIP IS PERFECT. IT IS ABOUT ACCEPTING ONES PARTNERS, UNDERSTASNDING THEY ARE DIFFERENT AND COMPROMISING AND WORKING HARD AT IT. I DO BELIEVE THIS WAS TRUE LOVE CHRIS BUT THEY GAVE UP AND IT WOULD NEVER HAVE WORKED WITH CHRIS THE RUNNER UP EITHER. IF YOU LOVE A MAN ENOUGH YOU WILL DO EVERYTHING IN YOUR PWER TO PLEASE HIM AND VISA VERSA. BEEN MARRIED 40+ YEARS AND KNOW WHAT I AM SAYING IT HAS NOT BEEN AN EASY JOURNEY FOR US EITHER.

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admin diyor ki:duyunca cok uzuldum Ama kimin ne zaman gdiecegi hic belli olmuyor.Allah'dan rahmet geride kalanlarina bas sagligi dilerim.

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- ummummmmmmmmmm couldn't love this more! oh how the crew has changed. i think i need to come back lol your costumes are fabulous! not sure who i deem the winner: kevin VS nori.

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Ali and Roberto please work things out to shame the haters out there.You fit each other very well.There is no relationship that is easy,there are ups and downs and as human-beings we can overcome them if we try.Love you both.I pray for Ashley and JP too. Mercia (grand rapids,michigan)

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What's the latest on my favourite couple Ali and Roberto? I hope there's still a chance to make up. That connection is hard to come by! You too are gorgeous! And Mr Dimples...mmmh, wish you all the best from South Africa!

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ali and roberto i hope u can work things out because u 2 make a adorable couple.

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that msothongo comment is so stupid.. love aint got nithing to do with looks and a person cant change who they r just to stay in a relation worse u say ali must blend with what roberto wants that is such bull. roberto should accept ali as she is and visa vesa. ALI i saw the amount of chemistry you had with roberto on the show and would always say u will end up together, hoever i was rutting for Chris bcz he was more natural in the growth of ur relation there was no pressure en i hope he is happy en finds love. all the best to u in whatever u decide.. from south africa cape town.

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Hey Roberto and Ali, what is happening now ? have you made up - why the silence, no update any more - it is good though - but we are anxious to know the update - can someone tell us please

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Hey alli, I hope u read this. I'm from South Africa and I jus read that you and Roberto have broken up!!!! I'm with my bf 4 5 years and I knw how tough a rshp cn b bt pls honey try and work it out!!!!! U guys r sooo gud together and sumtyms its tough but every rshp takes hard work and Roberto u have a gud lady take care of her and Ali u have a gud guy, pls work this out, PLS