Andy Baldwin, Marla Maples Break Up

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Former star of The Bachelor Andy Baldwin and his girlfriend Marla Maples have called it quits, he has confirmed to Us Weekly.

Baldwin's recent move to Washington, D.C. to take a job as an advocate for Navy Medicine put a strain on their relationship.

"The big move coupled with the long distance relationship wasn't working for us so I decided we were better off as friends," Baldwin says.

He first broke the news to the Washington Post.

"We were friends, it got romantic for a little while, but we're just friends," he told the nation's capital's newspaper.

Marla Maples and Andy Baldwin Photo

Andy Baldwin and Marla Maples met last year and spent New Year's together. They recently celebrated Easter in Hawaii.

"He's just a good soul," Maples said in April. "He's a complete gentleman."

Andy Baldwin was briefly engaged to Tessa Horst, who won the final rose on The Bachelor. That didn't last long.

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