Sam Cochrane is moving on.
In a heartfelt Instagram post on July 10, the 31-year-old said it was time to turn their breakup “into something positive”.
“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,” he shared, along with a photo of the diamond sparkler.
“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.”
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 ✨💫❤️
The ring—which Sam used to propose to Tara in Fiji on the show’s finale—was donated to mental health charity The Banksia Project.
“This will go to auction for a charity that I believe in,” he wrote in his post.
“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.”
This message goes out to all the beautiful people who shared with me such an amazing journey. The fairytale that I took part in was deep and surreal. My proposal was meant to be forever but life sometimes takes you away from the dream and you wake up. So…deep breath…. this has come to an end. I loved Tara with my whole heart and those two people in Fiji fell completely. It’s hard writing this thinking back to those moments. Your joy in our story and the engagement meant so much and I can assure you it is the saddest thing for me to come to terms with. Watching something you valued fall apart and what you love follow a different path is one of the most difficult things. My heart feels broken and obviously having it play out in public adds so many difficult dimensions. I forgot about the cameras in Fiji and I simply fell in love. The truth is difficult but the path ahead will show the way. Obviously there has been speculation for some time but I needed to know for sure before making anything public. That has been hard. Our time together will always hold a beautiful and difficult place in my heart and I have to believe that everything happens for a reason. Thank you everyone for the beautiful support and being on this journey. In a time that was mostly in hiding your words provided magic. I look forward to the future. I got to see that love is real and powerful…. and it is. I’ll find it again. ❤️✨💫🌹🥀
Tara and Sam announced their split via social media on June 30.
“I don’t want anyone to think we ‘faked’ anything or that what you saw on TV wasn’t real,” the Gold Coast nanny shared on Instagram Stories at the time.
“What we felt was 100% real and we both put our best efforts in to make it work in the real world but unfortunately for different reasons it didn’t work out.”