It was 2019 when Australia watched on and gushed as Bachelorette Angie Kent asked fitness instructor and budding actor Carlin Sterritt to be her man.
But, less than a year later the reality TV match called it quits. It didn't take long for fans to clue into possible troubles between the couple however it took them weeks to actually confirm the news.
The biggest sign came when it was spotted Angie and Carlin unfollowed each other on social media - the millennial equivalent of signing divorce papers - leading fans to believe it really was over between the pair.
The couple had also been a little quiet when it comes to posting pictures of each other.
But after fans pointed out the change, Angie blamed the move on a "glitch in the system", and the duo began following each other again.
"Leave it. If you don't know, you don't know," Angie commented on the Bachie Funny fan account.
And in another comment, she asked fans to stay out of her personal life.
"Everyone got their happy ending when the show was on," she wrote.
"Now it's no one's business. It's my real life. So best people stay out of it unless they know for real what someone is going through."
The breakup rumours first started swirling in June when Carlin moved out of the apartment he previously shared with Angie, in Sydney's eastern suburbs earlier.
Fans noticed the big change after Carlin uploaded photos and videos of his new bachelor pad to Instagram.
Carlin gave fans a glimpse of his studio apartment in Sydney's south, showing him and a male friend as they constructed his bed.
There were no signs of any female touches as he showed fans around, and he even hinted at a new start as a single man, "Those new place feels. Your own decor, your own vision."
Later, after Carlin captured himself having a cup of tea and watching a movie in bed, fans were quick to comment on his new living arrangement, "Do you not live with Angie any more?" and, "Seems strange if 2 people in love don't seem to be seeing each other. I would be so sad if you have parted."
While Carlin responded to several questions about his decor, he didn't respond to questions about Angie.
Before they moved in together, Angie and Carlin were toughing it out in a long-distance relationship, with Angie living in her hometown on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, and Carlin based in Sydney.
Anyone who has been in a long distance relationship knows that it can be a total battle, and living in separate cities clearly proved to be difficult for Carlin and Angie.
"This long distance thing is the absolute pits. Not long now. @carlinsterritt," Angie wrote on Instagram earlier this year.
And Carlin replied: "Gahhh Miss you!!!"
But in early 2020, Angie made the move down the east coast to set up a permanent base in Sydney with Carlin, although the couple didn't live together at first.
"We get to see each other every second day instead of once every few weeks when I was living in Queensland," Angie told The Daily Telegraph at the time.
"That makes the relationship so much easier — being able to see someone whenever you want."
The former Gogglebox gal had previously hinted at her plans to move cities for her man, though the pair wanted to take things slowly before moving in together.
"I will be looking at moving back to Sydney at the beginning of next year," Angie told Vogue Australia at the end of 2019.
"Not together, we don't want to live together yet," she said.
"We just want to have [a] nice, average, normal relationship where we get to go out on a date."
Unfortunately the speculation was confirmed in July 2020 with both Carlin and Angie taking to Instagram to share the news.
"Hi everyone, there's been a lot of speculation and rumours about the state of my relationship with Carlin. We have not wanted to confirm up until this point because there have been much bigger issues going on in the world and we've both been taking space to think about what we really want," Angie wrote.
Carlin also addressed the split in his Instagram Stories in a clip of himself filmed in his car, adding that it "was always going to be a difficult one to talk about."
"It is true that Angie and I have gone our separate ways but it's for the best individually. Simply just wanting the best for her and wanting the best for me and being the best version of yourself is very important and, as some people already knew from previous posts, my mental health had taken a bit of a left turn and I simply want to be the best version of myself or be able to give the best version of me to Angie," he said.
Watch: Carlin opens up about his split with Angie. Post continues after video...
In a shock post-split interview, former Gogglebox star Angie explained she and her ex simply weren't on the same page when it came to their values.
"Chemistry doesn't always equal compatibility. We gave it our all and it didn't work out," Angie explained to Sydney Confidential.
"Our values didn't align. Both Carlin and I will never give personal details. Out of respect for Carlin, I will not reveal the personal workings of our relationship," she added.
"That's all I will say. I wish him nothing but the best for the future."
But things only continued to get messier from there, with Carlin revealing his own insecurity played a part in their split particularly thanks to Angie's connection and continual messaging with her Bachelorette runner-up Timm Hanly.
"She really cared for Timm. They were kind of messaging a little bit afterwards. I was trying to play it cool, like 'It's fine, you know it's all good', and I was trying to be nice and I was trying to do the right thing. And then more and more, her and Timm messaging each other, it just started to really eat me away," he revealed on podcast How To... Life.
He also felt insecure about the handsome professional dance partner Angie was matched with when she appeared on Dancing With The Stars in 2020.
"Then she goes onto the next show, Dancing With The Stars with this hot Italian dude and I'm like 'Oh man, this is not easy'. He's a good looking dude!
"She would train five hours a day with this guy, five days a week and then fly to Melbourne for four days and so I'm like 'You get to spend so much more time with this guy, I'm still feeling pretty sh** about having just watched you mack-on with all these other dudes.' I wasn't ready for it. So we had a pretty difficult run."
Continuing the tennis match of a break up he-said-she-said, Angie slammed claims Timm had anything to do with her split from Carlin.
Speaking on Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O's KIIS FM radio breakfast show, Angie said that there was "nobody else involved" in her break up with Carlin.
"It was just him and I and I was very open about the fact that I spoke to my top four dudes right after filming," she said on the air.
"You go on such a hectic love safari, you technically go through four break ups with dudes that you really like so of course I'm going to check in on him. I checked in on them and I always told Carlin when I did.
"Timm and I stopped talking December last year and Carlin and I broke up only two months ago so it had nothing to do with Timm at all."
Since their split, Carlin has found love with Emily Bradwell, but in December 2021, the couple subtly responded to comments Angie made with Yvie Jones on their podcast Two Girls One Pod.
The former Bachelorette, who is making a grand return to Dancing With The Stars: All Stars said her ex would be a "great partner to a Barbie doll."
Taking to her Instagram, Emily shared a picture of herself and Carlin locking lips along with the caption: "My whole heart".
Carlin was quick to comment a "❤️" emoji underneath his girlfriend's tribute.
Angie has also shared more details about their split on the podcast, and she revealed that he was too interested in pursuing perfection, whereas she wanted to be loved for herself.
"Well, I'm gonna attract people that I don't really like because I don't like being 48 kilos and drinking too much and having to look like a doll all the time," she said. "I'm going to end up with Carlin and look how swimmingly that turns out. I don't want to attract that sh*t. I want to look like this and attract a really nice human."
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