'Bachelor' Brad Womack, Emily Maynard statement: 'We are madly in love,' 'respect our privacy'

emily-maynard-brad-womack-bachelor.jpgBrad Womack chose Southern belle Emily Maynard on the season finale of "The Bachelor" Monday night (March 14). While host Chris Harrison addressed the press (with some strong words for the tabloids) and runner-up Chantal O'Brien also spoke about her experience, the newly public couple has chosen not to do any press following their television engagement.

Instead, they released a statement:

At long last, Emily and I can be open to the world and each other about our relationship. Though we are madly in love, it has been a bumpy couple of months for us and our priority right now is to focus on our relationship. We hope that you can respect our privacy as we return to normalcy and begin our off-screen lives together.

What do you think, "Bachelor" fans?
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