Why Did Tenley & Joshua Break Up On 'Bachelor In Paradise'? Their Reasoning Makes A Lot Of Sense

Many of us were rooting for them to be a lasting romance, but sadly Joshua and Tenley broke up on Bachelor in Paradise. The split was decidedly emotional, but it was also respectful and sweet so it's no surprise that social media indicates that Joshua and Tenley are still friends. They made some great memories in Paradise — especially on that super cute Guadalajara date. There were a few warning signs, like when Tenley expressed her disappointment about Joshua's bragging about his past partying days, but they moved past that and she repeatedly expressed that he's incredibly kind and caring. So, why did Tenley and Joshua decide to break up on Bachelor In Paradise ?

In the end, it all came down to distance. Tenley is a city girl (she currently lives in San Diego), while Josh loves living in small-town Idaho. Through tears, she told Joshua that she couldn't accept his rose because they're both so attached to their locations. If one of them chose to move, she expressed that they'd lose a part of themselves, which, as she explained, would mean "then we're not the same people who fell in love."

Although Tenley expressed feeling conflicted, she knew she was doing the right thing because continuing the relationship wouldn't have been fair to either of them. They embraced and comforted each other before they both left the show for good. As far as breakups go, it was an incredibly sweet one.

But, even though I'm totally disappointed that the third time didn't prove to be a charm for Tenley (yep, this is her third Bachelor Nation run), I'm hoping she'll be up for a fourth — because Tenley should definitely be the next Bachelorette. She's basically a real-life Disney princess, and when she arrived in Paradise she ended up in a love square because so many guys wanted to go on a date with her. If Tenley wants to be the next Bachelorette, I'm certain men will be rushing to fill out their applications. The next Bachelor may not have even started yet, but I'm already campaigning for the 2016 Bachelorette, and I know Tenley would be great. And, hey, after Ben H.'s Bachelor season, maybe Joshua can take over for The Bachelor 2017. It would be an interesting season to say the least.

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