updated 03/15/2011 AT 12:40 PM ET
•originally published 03/15/2011 AT 12:45 PM ET
Love isn’t easy – especially on reality TV.
Brad Womack proposed to single mom Emily Maynard on Monday’s season finale of The Bachelor, but the couple admit it’s been a rough road.
“At long last, Emily and I can be open to the world and each other about our relationship,” Womack, 38, and Maynard, 25, tell PEOPLE in a joint statement Tuesday. “Though we are madly in love, it has been a bumpy couple of months for us and our priority right now is to focus on our relationship.”
Rumors have circulated that the pair have already broken up, but they remain engaged.