Nick Viall still loves Vanessa Grimaldi

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The couple announced their split

He said he's trying to stay positive

CNN —  

Despite the ending of their engagement, Nick Viall still has warm feelings for Vanessa Grimaldi.

The former “Bachelor” has broken his silence on their recent split, telling Us Weekly that they are still friends.

“I still love her very much,” Viall said. “I’m not afraid to say that.”

The couple got engaged during the Season 21 finale of “The Bachelor” in March, but announced last week that they had broken up.

“We gave this relationship our all and we are saddened that we did not get the fairytale ending we hoped for,” the pair said in a statement. “We will continue to be there for each other no matter what. This hasn’t been an easy decision, however, as we part ways, we do so with lots of love and admiration for each other.”

Viall said these days he’s getting by with a little help from his loved ones.

“I’m trying to stay positive, being around friends and family,” he said. “It helps me stay positive.”

He counts Grimaldi among that group, he said.

“My friends, my family and Vanessa and I are still very much each other’s support system,” Viall said. “We’re trying to do that and it’s a challenge at times, but we still realize that we’re there for each other.”