Jill Martin and her ex-fiancé Erik Brooks are giving their love another try.
브룩스, a managing partner at a private equity firm, previously proposed ~로 오늘 show contributor in 2019. But Martin, 45, confirmed the pair’s split 다음 해, telling PEOPLE that maintaining a long-distance relationship amid the COVID-19 pandemic had “taken a toll” on them.
지금, Martin has penned an essay detailing the breakup and how their reconciliation came to be.
“Deciding to end our engagement last year was heart-wrenching,” 그녀는에 썼다 Today.com. “I used to say, ‘It literally takes my breath away to picture my life without him.’ But our relationship couldn’t stay the way it was. We needed a pause. A long pause. And we took it.”
마틴이 말했다 “it wasn’t working” between the two at the time, and that they were “arguing more than we were getting along.”
“Energetically, the timing wasn’t right,” 그녀는 계속했다. “We both still needed to grow. It took falling apart to build ourselves back together. 나는 ~였다 44 and honestly didn’t know how I was going to go on … but I did. My beautiful family supported me and assured me it would get better.”
그 다음에, a few months ago, Martin initiated a conversation with her ex for the first time in 18 개월. She said Brooks was “충격을 받은” to hear from her but “took time to process that first conversation.”
“We began to learn about each other again,” 그녀는 계속했다. “We wanted to make sure this time would be different. Better.”
지금, 둘 “laugh all the time” 함께, 마틴이 말했다. And while they still argue at times, the couple is able to “limit the drama.”
Their second engagement occurred on a small fishing boat in the Bahamas. Though it was just the two of them, another couple nearby captured the romantic moment for them.
“Erik simply said, ‘I can’t wait to spend the rest of forever with you,'” 마틴이 말했다. “And we were engaged. Again.”
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Concluding her essay, 마틴이 말했다 “everyone’s journey is different.”
“It took me 45 years to find my fairy tale. When I realized I was confident on my own, that’s when I knew Erik and I were ready to get back together,” 그녀는 계속했다. “The realistic version of my fairy tale was ready to be written.”