Last week, Peter Weber‘s Bachelor journey came to an end. After proposing to Hannah Ann Sluss — whom his family, specifically mother Barb Weber, adored and approved of — Peter ended the engagement because he had feelings for Madison Prewett, who left the show ahead of the final rose ceremony.
During the March 10 After the Final Rose episode, Peter, 28, and Prewett, 23, said they wanted to give things another go, which was met with harsh criticism from the Weber family matriarch. They decided to not move forward in their relationship just days later.
John Fleenor/ ABC (2) Barb Weber and Madison Prewett
Following the dramatic conclusion to Pilot Pete’s season, Trista, 47, reflected on her own journey as the inaugural Bachelorette on season 1 in 2003, when she fell in love with husband Ryan Sutter.
“Mother-in-laws named Barb can actually be a blessing. 🌹 Thankful for mine as well as the unconditional support of the rest of our families and friends during and after the original @bacheloretteabc and to this day!” Trista captioned a throwback Instagram photo of herself, Ryan and his parents from the day their folks met. (Coincidentally, Trista’s mother-in-law’s name is named Barb also!)
“This photo was taken on the day @ryansutter and I introduced our parents and what I remember most is how much love and laughter surrounded us. We knew our love story was crazy. We knew, after only knowing each other for 6 weeks and being on less than 10 dates with cameras following our every move, that we had an uphill battle against tradition and time,” she recalled.
Although the couple was met with skepticism at the time from “people everywhere,” they defied the doubts and celebrated 16 years of marriage last year.
“We knew people everywhere were skeptical and didn’t believe we would last but with love and support, determination and conscious intention, communication, forgiveness, and a sense of humor, we celebrated 16 years of marriage in 2019,” she said. “Who knows what’s in store for @pilot_pete and @madiprew, but what I do know is that love can conquer all.”
She admitted that “it’s much easier with a supportive family and one less obstacle, but it can be done! So, from the first to the latest couple in @bachelornation, I wish you both the strength and wisdom to fight for that success and find your true happiness. ❤️❤️ #thebachelor #mostdramaticever #barb #gratefulformybarb #sendingloveandsupport.”
Like Trista, Prewett is also a believer that “love conquers all.” Before first parting ways with Peter in Australia, Prewett told him, “I do think that love still wins. I do still think love conquers all because I’m willing to walk away so that you can get what you came here to find.”
The couple shared their decision to go their separate ways on their respective Instagram accounts.
“I want to start by acknowledging the incredible group of women that I had the privilege of getting to know this season,” Peter began his post. “Thank you for coming on this journey with me. I learned so many lessons from all of you that I will carry with me.”
ABC/John Fleenor Madison Prewett and Peter Weber
The Bachelor star then went on to address Prewett, writing, “Madi, thank you for your patience and unconditional love. You’re the epitome of a woman who carries herself with grace, stands by what she believes in, and loves wholeheartedly. That love is something I feel so grateful to have felt and will take a piece of that with me always going forward.”
He continued, “Madi and I have mutually decided to not pursue our relationship any further. Believe me this was not easy for either of us to be ok with, but after a lot of honest conversations, we have agreed that this is what makes most sense for the two of us. The love and respect I have for Madi will continue to endure.”
Prewett also had kind words for Weber in her announcement, in which she wrote, “So incredibly thankful for this amazing journey I’ve had the honor of being a part of. I have grown so much and am stronger than I was going in. I have learned the importance of acceptance, forgiveness, and grace.”
“As Peter and I have decided to go our separate ways, I am confident that we will both move in the direction of our purpose and never forget that God has a plan in all things. I will always love and respect him. I am convinced our paths were meant to cross and we are both better because they did.”
She added in a note addressed to Weber’s Instagram account, “@pilot_pete you are an amazing guy and I’m thankful for you. I will always be your biggest fan. And to the amazing women I met this season, I will love you for life. Thank you @abcnetwork for allowing me to embark on this journey.”
While the pair wanted to reconcile, a show source recently told PEOPLE, “they just realized they couldn’t make it work” and “they were never really back together.”