Joe Amabile Finally Addresses Why He & Kendall Long Called It Quits
He’s ready to share his side.
Though Joe Amabile has remained pretty mum about his breakup with Kendall Long, he finally addressed what led to the demise of their relationship on the latest episode of his podcast “Click Bait with Bachelor Nation.”
“I never really talked about our breakup and our relationship, and I don’t want to get too deep into it,” he told co-hosts Tayshia Adams and Natasha Parker. “But Kendall had expressed to me that she would never want to live in Chicago. She just wouldn’t. She loves L.A. She doesn’t want to leave L.A. That’s her thing.”
Ultimately, Joe and Kendall’s loyalties to different cities became too difficult to navigate. “I had a hard time with that because if I’m living [in L.A.], that compromise needs to be open,” said the Sundays with Joe pasta sauce founder, who temporarily lived with Kendall in Southern California during their nearly two-year romance.
Joe continued, “She did express at the beginning of our relationship [that] she would never want to do it. In my head, I thought maybe that would change as time moved on. But she would just never want to live in Chicago.”
The former couple met and fell in love with each other during Season 5 of “Bachelor in Paradise” in 2018 when he was 31 and she was 26. According to Joe, their fate might have been different if they had started dating at a younger age. (The pair officially called it quits in January 2020.)
“At the time, the way I looked at it was, what am I doing in L.A.? There was not really much for me to do there. I didn’t want to be the guy who was on a reality show living off of, ‘I was on “The Bachelor” a year ago. Look at me, yay.’ I needed something else,” he said. “If I was younger and really wanted to make a career in L.A., then yeah.”
Watch Joe discuss his split from Kendall in the video below — and don’t forget to subscribe to “Click Bait with Bachelor Nation” on Apple Podcasts.