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They were one of the best couples on Australia's first season of Bachelor in Paradise, but after about six months of dating (and being engaged), Sam Cochrane and Tara Pavlovic announced their split.
We've had less than a fortnight to process the news, and now Sam has announced he is going to auction off the engagement ring he gave to Tara in Fiji.
Posting on Instagram, Sam revealed he is going to donate the money to a men's mental health charity.
The last time I held this ring there was so much electricity and hope in the air. I remember holding it and believing that I was doing something important and something that mattered. That something was love. After allowing time to pass and the things I’ve discovered I can see that those moments weren’t destined to last. However the overwhelming support and love I have received from you all took my breath away. Your words of encouragement and strength have been so special to me. Reading the extremely personal messages of struggles that many people have shared with me, told me it’s time to turn this into something positive. I have decided to donate this beautiful ring to charity. This will go to auction for a charity that I believe in. It’s time to move on and having the beauty sit in a box, when it could be be doing good for others in need. This is really important to me. Thank you all for your words. They have been beautiful and I’ve seen them. I needed some time to breathe it all in, and understand it all, but It’s now time to move forward and look to the future. Thank you all, and I wish everyone happiness and love. One step at a time ✨💫❤️
“It’s time to move on and having the beauty sit in a box, when it could be doing good for others in need. This is really important to me,” he said.
It's a stunning ring and a very sweet gesture, so we're glad there's a positive side to this news.