Yep, they're still together.
Brad Womack and fiancee Emily Maynard checked out the SXSW music festival near Womack's home in Austin, Tex. on Tuesday. It was the couple's first public appearance since Monday's emotional Bachelor finale — and rampant post-show rumors of a breakup (Maynard still sported the Neil Lane engagement ring). Only UsMagazine.com has the first post-show photo of the embattled pair, who have said they don't plan to do press as they work on their relationship.
Womack, 38, proposed to single mom and fan favorite Maynard, 25 on the show — but things haven't exactly been smooth sailing since that romantic moment in South Africa.
First, the couple scrapped a televised March 8 wedding Anguilla. Then, two weeks after the finale taping, "Emily said Brad just freaked out," an insider tells the new Us Weekly. (During his first round on The Bachelor in 2007, Womack famously jilted two women and didn't hand out any final rose.)
"When all this hoopla is over, I'm not so sure they'll get married," a Womack insider tells Us.
But on Tuesday, Womack himself both assured fans and acknowledged some trouble in paradise, in a statement:
"At long last, Emily and I can be open to the world and each other about our relationship. 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. We hope that you can respect our privacy as we return to normalcy and begin our off-screen lives together."
Read much more about Brad and Emily's post-proposal troubles — including several breakups and reconciliations — in the new Us Weekly, out now.
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