Why did DeAnna Pappas and Stephen Stagliano separate? ‘Bachelorette’ alum announces split after 11 years

Why did DeAnna Pappas and Stephen Stagliano separate? ‘Bachelorette’ alum announces split after 11 years
DeAnna Pappas and Stephen Stagliano's separation comes after a decade-long marriage and the couple has not revealed any details of their split (deannastag/Instagram)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Former 'Bachelorette' star DeAnna Pappas announced that after 11 years of marriage, she and her husband Stephen Stagliano have called it quits. In an Instagram post shared on Thursday, January 19, the 41-year-old mom of two wrote, “It is with immense sadness, Stephen & I have decided to end our relationship as a couple. We have been working hard for a long time — both as a married couple & as individuals & have come to the conclusion to remain separate.”

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In the post, the reality star continued by saying that she and her husband will “remain loving parents” to their two children, Addison and Austin aged 8 and 6 respectively, and “will continue to raise them together with love & faith.” She concluded the post by stating, “We ask you to respect our privacy during this difficult time as we navigate the new normal. We want to thank our dear friends & family for your endless support & many, many prayers during what has become the most difficult time of our lives.” 

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Why did DeAnna Pappas and Stephen Stagliano separate?

DeAnna Pappas and Stephen Stagliano's separation comes after a decade-long marriage and the couple has not revealed any details of their split. However, they have previously opened up about going to couples therapy. In October 2018, she remarked to US Weekly and said, “We pay thousands of dollars for counseling, so we’re doing great! Not that we were ever not.”

“We think you’re crazy if you don’t go to therapy. We are all a product of our environment and how we were raised and none of us are perfect,” she explained while making honest confessions about her married life with Stagliano.

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In 2007, Pappas debuted on reality TV during 'The Bachelor's' Season 11 and later led 'The Bachelorette's' Season 4 in 2008 after she was rejected by Brad Womack in Season 11's final rose ceremony. She became engaged to Jesse Csincsak to whom she gave her final rose. However, the two went their separate ways after a year.

Michael Stagliano, who starred in 'The Bachelorette's' Season 5  introduced his twin brother Stephen Stagliano, 38, to Pappas. They both became engaged in 2010 and tied the knot in October 2011. Later in 2014, the couple welcomed their daughter and in 2016, they welcomed their son.

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