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    Oct 18

    ArieDon’t get us wrong. No one truly believes that the men and women involved in all the reality dating shows on TV are the cream of the moral crop when it comes to dating and relationships and fidelity, etc. But somehow, we just thought Arie (from The Bachelorette) was better than that. Not just better than messing around with any engaged woman. But Courtney? Really, Arie?

    But now the deed is done, and the split it caused is also done. Courtney Robertson made the breakup with Ben Flajnik official by returning her special engagement ring to Neil Lane.

    The symbolic move from Robertson came after she was spotted kissing Arie Luyendyk Jr.. While the news of the couple’s split has been well known by most for some time now, the move to return the engagement ring to Neil Lane by Robertson is being considered as the final nail in the coffin of separation. The couple announced their split approximately two weeks ago.

    In fact, the return of the engagement ring was a fairly public affair as Courtney Robertson made no moves to keep it under wraps by carrying the engagement ring case in her hand into the celebrity jeweler’s store in Beverly Hills. Courtney was seen in casuals with sunglasses covering her eyes and a stoic expression as she took the cushion cut, three carat engagement ring to the store. It is worth mentioning that the engagement ring is valued at a whopping 80, 000 American dollars.

    As per the contract that Neil Lane has with the recipients of his engagement rings on the show The Bachelor, they are required to return the engagement ring to the jeweler if their relationship does not work out. The stipulation is that the lady is only allowed to keep the engagement ring if the relationship lasts for two years. Unfortunately, the relationship of Courtney Robertson and Ben Flajnik only lasted for 10 months.

    We decided against having that kind of agreement for OUR custom engagement rings. You can keep it for life. We’re just that cool.

    Courtney Robertson, who had the reputation of being a negative participant in the show, took no time to move on from the failed relationship. As mentioned above, in just under a week, she was spotted in a high end restaurant in Phoenix with Arie Luyendyk Jr. Notably, the location of her latest date was the same place she took Ben Flajnik on the show i.e. Quiessence Restaurant.

    Robertson is 29 years old while Arie Luyendyk Jr. is two years her senior at 31. Arie is a racing car driver who first shot to fame during the eighth season of The Bachelorette. He’s the son of a well known Indianapolis 500 racer Arie Luyendyk. It is not surprising that Arie and Courtney hitched up because they both are based in Phoenix.

    However, what is surprising is that they hitched up because of their virtually opposite reputations. Arie Luyendyk Jr. is one of the most liked Reality TV stars while Courtney is the most despised of them all. During their tryst, she was seen wearing a low back, floral print dress with no bra.  Luyendyk Jr., on the other hand, wore a checked shirt.

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