Inside Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi's split: They were doomed from the start, source says


Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi shocked Bachelor Nation on Friday when they called off their engagement.

While the news seemed heartbreaking to most, others weren't too surprised that they decided to end things five months after Viall proposed to Grimaldi on the season 21 finale of The Bachelor. Now, a source close to the brunette beauty tells ET that they believe the two were actually doomed from the start.

"Vanessa is extremely close to her family in Montreal [Canada] and is very connected to her community and her work there," the source explains. "Moving to Los Angeles or elsewhere long term was never really on the table for her. And, unfortunately, it seems as though Nick never had any intention of moving to Montreal."

"Vanessa's not really into the whole fame thing," the source adds. "She's had some fun with it, but that's not what she's about. Ultimately, they want different things."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27: 'Bachelor' alum Nick Viall (R) and Vanessa Grimaldi attend the 5th Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose on July 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 08: (L-R) Reality Television personalities Vanessa Grimaldi and Nick Viall attend Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation's 3rd Annual Blue Diamond Gala at Dodger Stadium on June 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Vanessa Grimaldi and Nick Viall pose in the press room at the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 05: Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi attend the 24th Annual Race To Erase MS Gala on May 05, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 19: Vanessa Grimaldi and Nick Viall attend the premiere of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' at Dolby Theatre on April 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2404' - The 10 remaining celebrities will take a stroll down memory lane and celebrate with a dance to a time in their lives that left a lasting impression, as they commemorate their most memorable year, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, APRIL 10 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) VANESSA GRIMALDI, NICK VIALL
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 10: Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi are seen on April 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 20: TV personality Vanessa Grimaldi and dancer Nick Viall attend the 'Dancing With The Stars' season 24 premiere celebration at Mixology 101 on March 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Planet Hollywood International)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, March 13 included Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi (ABC's 'The Bachelor'), Milo Ventimiglia ('This Is Us') and musical guest mash-up performance OK Go-Go's (this is a mash-up of OK Go and The Go-Go's). (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) NICK VIALL, VANESSA GRIMALDI
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Following The Bachelor and Viall's stint on season 24 of Dancing With the Stars, Grimaldi and Viall moved into an apartment together in downtown Los Angeles. The source believes she'll be back in Montreal in no time.

An additional source close to the couple added to those statements, telling ET, "Vanessa is an extremely down-to-earth girl and truly wanted that happily-ever-after with Nick."

"They both put in a lot of work in the relationship and care a lot for each other," the source continued. "However, time proved that they were better off parting ways in the end. It wasn't the distance or the limelight [that broke them up]. They just weren't the best match for each other."

Even members from Bachelor Nation questioned the couple's future, mainly because Grimaldi seemed to keep them at a distance. Multiple women from Viall's season of The Bachelor, including Jasmine Goode and Danielle Lombard, shared with ET that they had little to no communication with Grimaldi following the show -- and could therefore only judge the relationship from the outside.

"I think Taylor talks to [Vanessa], I think Danielle [Maltby] does. I've seen [Vanessa] here and there. There's no hard feelings, you know?" Goode said when she stopped by ET for a Facebook Live interview earlier this week. "I just say 'hey' when I see her. Keep it movin'. We're not, like, besties."

See how long every "Bachelor" relationship has lasted:

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"The Bachelor" (Season 1): Alex Michel didn't propose to Amanda Marsh when he chose her over Trista Rehn back in 2002, and they broke up after several months of dating.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 2): Aaron Buerge and Helene Eksterowicz broke off their engagement after just a couple of weeks, continuing the franchise's early struggle to result on a long-lasting relationship. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 1): Trista Rehn (now Trista Sutter) and Ryan Sutter are the ultimate Bachelor Nation success story. After getting married on national TV in 2003, the couple welcomed two children together and are still married 14 years later!

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"The Bachelor" (Season 3): Andrew Firestone proposed to Jen Schefft at the end of his season, but the couple broke up a few months later. They reportedly remained friends.

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"The Bachelor (Season 4): Bob Guiney didn't propose to Estella Gardinier at the end of his season, but he did give her a promise ring that she happily accepted. Clearly, the promise didn't last long, as they broke up a few weeks after the season aired.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 5): Jesse Palmer and Jessica Bowlin broke up after several weeks of dating. They never got engaged. (Photo by Michael Hickey/WireImage)
"The Bachelorette" (Season 2): Meredith Phillips picked Ian McKee, who proposed to Phillips in the season finale. They broke off their engagement a year later in February 2005. (Photo by J. Merritt/FilmMagic)
"The Bachelor" (Season 6): Byron Velvick and Mary Delgado were together for five years, but eventually broke up in 2009.
"The Bachelorette" (Season 3): Jen Schefft initially didn't choose either of her final two men, but during a live final rose ceremony, Schefft ended up choosing Jerry Ferris. When Ferris proposed, though, Schefft denied his proposal. Get all that?
"The Bachelor" (Season 7): Charlie O'Connell (brother of actor Jerry O'Connell) and Sarah Brice dated on and off for five years before calling it quits for good in 2010. They were never engaged. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
"The Bachelor" (Season 8): Travis Lane Stork, who you may recognize now as a current host of "The Doctors," and Sarah Stone broke up shortly after their season of the show aired in 2006.
"The Bachelor" (Season 9): Lorenzo Borghese and Jennifer Wilson dated for about four months before breaking up in January 2007. Borghese never proposed. 
"The Bachelor" (Season 10): Andrew Baldwin proposed to Tessa Horst in the season finale of his season, but the couple ended their engagement a month later. They continued dating for a few months before breaking up for good in the fall of 2007.

"The Bachelor" (Season 11): Brad Womack made history by choosing neither DeAnna Pappas nor Jenni Croft, leaving him with nobody at the end of the season.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 12): Matt Grant and Shayne Lamas got engaged on the season finale, but broke up just a few months later in the summer of 2008.

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 4): DeAnna Pappas and Jesse Csincsak set their wedding date for a year after the finale of their season, but broke up before they could get there after six months of dating. Pappas would later return for Season 13 of "The Bachelor," and Csincsak ended up marrying a contestant from that same season.

(Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)

"The Bachelor" (Season 13): Jason Mesnick chose Molly Malaney over original winner Melissa Rycroft after he ended his engagement to Rycroft. Mesnick and Malaney famously wed on a TV special called "The Bachelor: Jason and Molly's Wedding" in March 2010. They welcomed their first child together in 2013 and are still together. 

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 5): Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski were engaged for a little over a year before breaking up in July 2010.

(Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for IMG)

"The Bachelor" (Season 14): Jake Pavelka proposed to Vienna Girardi at the end of his season, but the couple called off their engagement just a few months later.

(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 6): Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez were engaged for 15 months before ending their relationship in November 2011.

"The Bachelor" (Season 15): Brad Womack was given another shot at love after ending Season 11 without a woman. He proposed to Emily Maynard during the show's finale after the couple had broken up during their season. They were engaged for just a few months before breaking up in May 2011.

(Photo by Mark Wessels/ABC via Getty Images)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 7): Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum got engaged on the finale of their season and married over a year later in a televised wedding. They share two children together and are still together.

(Photo by Rob Kim/WireImage)

"The Bachelor" (Season 16): Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson broke up while their season was airing, but resumed their engagement for another six months or so before ending things for good in October of 2012.

(Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 8): Emily Maynard and Jef Holm were engaged for about six months before going their separate ways.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 17): Sean Lowe proposed to Catherine Giudici in the finale of his season, and they got married in January of 2014. They have one child together, Samuel, who was born in July 2016. They're still married.

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 9): Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried got married two years after their season wrapped in January 2015. They share one child together and are still married.

(Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)

"The Bachelor" (Season 18): Controversial Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis didn't propose to Nikki Ferrell, but they dated for over half a year before breaking up in October 2014. 

(Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 10): Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray ended their engagement about half a year after their got engaged. Murray would later be engaged to Amanda Standon from Season 20 of "The Bachelor," who he met on "Bachelor In Paradise" Season 3, but they broke up just six months later.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 19): Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff ended their engagement less than three months after the finale of Soules' season.

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 11): Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth got engaged in the season finale of their season in the summer of 2015, and they're still engaged and living together in Nashville.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 20): Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell enjoyed a little over a year of being engaged, before announcing their split in May 2017. They had starred on "Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After" together in the fall of 2016.

(Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 12): JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers got engaged on the season finale of their season in the summer of 2016. They're still together and living in Dallas.

(Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)

"The Bachelor" (Season 21): Nick Viall proposed to Vanessa Grimaldi on the finale of his season, and they're still engaged.

(Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

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As for whether Goode thought Viall was just acting on the show? She said it "sometimes" felt that way.

"I think he was just playing it up, you know?" she admitted, telling ET that only "time will tell" if Viall and Grimaldi would last.

"Vanessa's a very emotional person. I just don't know," she continued. "We'll see ... she's really big on her family, so we'll see if she leaves."

Lombard had a similar story, revealing she had not seen or contacted Viall or Grimaldi since The Bachelor wrapped.

"Vanessa and I don't have a great relationship and I think after things happened with Nick, we just parted ways," she explained. "In terms of whether or not I think their relationship will last, I don't know."

"I think their relationship is very different than other, past Bachelor Nation couples," she added. "They seem to be a little bit more serious, compared to what I've seen from Rachel [Lindsay] and Bryan [Abasolo], or Kaitlyn [Bristowe] and Shawn [Booth]. Yeah, it seems a lot less playful."

-- Reporting by Brendon Geoffrion, Darla Murray and Lauren Zima

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