Chris Soules Denies Split Rumors, Explains Fiancee Whitney Bischoff’s DWTS Absence: “It’s the Anniversary of Her Mom’s Death”

Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff
Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff are still going strong despite rumors of a split Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

Chris Soules and his fiancee Whitney Bischoff are still going strong, the Bachelor alum confirmed to Us Weekly on Monday, May 4, following his week eight Dancing With the Stars performance.

“I miss her,” Soules, 33, told Us when asked why the fertility nurse wasn’t present to see him and his partner Witney Carson score 64 out of 80 points Monday night. “But I think it’s healthy for her to be away — [tonight] she's with family, it's actually the anniversary of her mom's death,” the former ABC contestant explained. Bischoff’s mom died from a blood clot during a procedure 10 years ago. “She's my number one fan. So I know she's there for me and when all of this is over it'll be nice to just be together.”

“All this” — i.e. Hollywood and the trappings of fame and celebrity — is surreal to the Iowa farmer, he admitted. “This is not real life. L.A. isn't real life for me. Arlington is and Chicago — that's real life and we want to take that step and then we'll make those plans,” Soules told Us of wedding plans with Bischoff, 29.

Of rumors suggesting a split or romantic trouble for the Bachelor couple, Soules told Us: “We're together and we're in love and we're handling this like two adults. She’s got a life too and she's got a job, and she's got a career and she's doing that. She's got to do what makes her happy and I'm focused on [Dancing With the Stars] and having a great time and she's happy for me,” he explained. “We're making the best of a really cool situation that we're both a part of that's not going to last much longer…We're just normal people living a kind of abnormal life for a couple more weeks.”

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