The Bachelor NZ's Zac Franich and Viarni Bright announce their breakup

goss 01/11/2017

The Bachelor NZ couple Zac Franich and Viarni Bright have announced they’re calling it quits.

After six months together, the couple announced their break-up on their respective social media pages on Wednesday evening.

Franich chose Bright, an account manager from Mount Maunganui, over runner-up Lily McManus, from Wellington during the season three finale in May.

Franich told Women’s Day in June that Bright "makes me feel like I’m not alone".

"She has this way of making me feel special - it’s something I adore."

But they have been open about challenges faced during their time together and had sought counselling to deal with the pressures of life after reality television.  

In September, Bright took to Instagram to hit back angrily at rumours they had broken up.

"Just because I don’t post couple photos 24/7 doesn’t mean Zac and I aren’t together and happy," she wrote. "Because actually we are."

Mediaworks has issued a statement on the break-up, with a spokesperson saying they are "really sorry to hear the news".

"Like many of you, we have been a part of their amazing journey over the course of this year, but unfortunately, not all relationships work out."