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Controversial Bachelor Nation couple didn't break up after all, plus more celeb love news

Wonderwall Logo By Jessica Wedemeyer of Wonderwall | Slide 1 of 22: Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the stars who found love, suffered heartbreak or experienced some other major event in their love lives in mid-October 2021, starting with this duo... On the Oct. 13 episode of the "Bachelor Happy Hour" podcast, Bachelor Nation's Pieper James shot down reports that she and Brendan Morais recently called it quits. "We're still together," she said. "[We are] working on ourselves and each other, and we're focusing on being a couple before taking that public. … That's where we stand right now." She went on to say that she believes the obstacles she and Brendan faced while appearing on season 7 of "Bachelor in Paradise" earlier this year made them "stronger in a way" as a couple. "Right away, we knew how we communicated in arguments. Right away, we knew how we dealt with, like, exterior bad things. … It was good to have that feedback and know down the line if something comes up how we both deal with those things," she said. "At the end of the day, I'm happy with my decision. I'm happy with Brendan -- as controversial as that might be to say." She also insisted for the umpteenth time that she and Brendan "were not in a type of relationship … other than just talking to one another and hanging out a few times" before they co-starred on "Bachelor in Paradise." Us Weekly later reported that, according to a source, the couple did, in fact, spend some "time apart" after the show aired when "Pieper hit a breaking point," during which she "kept saying, 'I'm done with Brendan,' which is why friends believed they had split." Added the source, "If they were communicating with each other, it was between them. … Pieper didn't divulge too many details and has kept her true feelings to herself. Friends think she's better off without Brendan and have warned her, but instead, she's making her own decisions and following what her heart tells her." An E! News source echoed that things have been "up and down" for the couple, who "did split and were focusing on themselves" after they left "Paradise" but are now "together" and "taking it day by day." Explained the E! source, "[They split] right after Paradise and they felt they needed that moment to focus and realign what they both needed from the relationship." The insider adds, "It was a rough start once they left the show, but have been able to communicate better with each other and are slowly dating again."Now keep reading for more of the week's biggest celeb love life updates...

Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the stars who found love, suffered heartbreak or experienced some other major event in their love lives in mid-October 2021, starting with this duo... On the Oct. 13 episode of the "Bachelor Happy Hour" podcast, Bachelor Nation's Pieper James shot down reports that she and Brendan Morais recently called it quits. "We're still together," she said. "[We are] working on ourselves and each other, and we're focusing on being a couple before taking that public. … That's where we stand right now." She went on to say that she believes the obstacles she and Brendan faced while appearing on season 7 of "Bachelor in Paradise" earlier this year made them "stronger in a way" as a couple. "Right away, we knew how we communicated in arguments. Right away, we knew how we dealt with, like, exterior bad things. … It was good to have that feedback and know down the line if something comes up how we both deal with those things," she said. "At the end of the day, I'm happy with my decision. I'm happy with Brendan -- as controversial as that might be to say." She also insisted for the umpteenth time that she and Brendan "were not in a type of relationship … other than just talking to one another and hanging out a few times" before they co-starred on "Bachelor in Paradise." Us Weekly later reported that, according to a source, the couple did, in fact, spend some "time apart" after the show aired when "Pieper hit a breaking point," during which she "kept saying, 'I'm done with Brendan,' which is why friends believed they had split." Added the source, "If they were communicating with each other, it was between them. … Pieper didn't divulge too many details and has kept her true feelings to herself. Friends think she's better off without Brendan and have warned her, but instead, she's making her own decisions and following what her heart tells her." An E! News source echoed that things have been "up and down" for the couple, who "did split and were focusing on themselves" after they left "Paradise" but are now "together" and "taking it day by day." Explained the E! source, "[They split] right after Paradise and they felt they needed that moment to focus and realign what they both needed from the relationship." The insider adds, "It was a rough start once they left the show, but have been able to communicate better with each other and are slowly dating again."

Now keep reading for more of the week's biggest celeb love life updates...

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