Olympic gymnast and Needham-native Aly Raisman has split with football free agent Colton Underwood, according to the Peoria Journal Star.
Underwood told the Journal Star that distance had been a strain on their six-month-long relationship.
“We’re taking a break right now,” Underwood told the Journal Star in a phone interview in June. “We’re still good friends and talk, but all that travel had been a nightmare.”
The two began dating after Raisman earned multiple medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last summer. Underwood publicly asked Raisman out on a double date through a Yahoo! Sports video.
While Underwood spoke about the breakup as early as June, the news grabbed national attention on Thursday. That type of scrutiny took a toll on the couple throughout their relationship, Underwood told the Journal Star.
“It put a lot of pressure on us, sure, but we had fun with it. A lot of fun date nights,” he said. “Those six months were great.”
Underwood said he and Raisman were on good terms despite the breakup.Reena Karasin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @reenakarasin.