If you’ve caught the new show, you may remember contestant Tom from the very first episode—he had a lot he wanted to work on in his life. His daughter nominated the Dallas, Georgia, native because she thought he seemed lonely, and living by himself in a basement apartment didn’t seem to be helping. The new grandfather admittedly spent the bulk of his free time watching TV naked in a crusty recliner, drinking the “redneck margaritas” he’d make using Mountain Dew and tequila. The one thing that seemed to light up Tom’s life, though, was the thought of his ex-wife, Abby. Abby shared his love of vintage cars, he kept mentioning. He hoped Abby would enjoy his new haircut. Eventually it became clear that Tom was hoping a new hygiene routine, some social advice, and a revamped apartment might be the ticket back into Abby’s heart.
At the end of the episode, it looked like love might have found a way, too. Abby met up with the brand new Tom at a car show and came back to see his new place. She was all compliments and smiles as she took in her improved ex-husband, and the episode ended with her saying she’d “love” to go out to dinner with him that Saturday night.
So when Tom shared a photo of himself and Abby smiling together this week, fans couldn’t help but wonder: Had their relationship worked out?
Sadly, the answer is no. Tom cleared the record on Twitter Tuesday night, saying that while Abby “will always be” the love of his life, the pair are “no longer together.”
I just watched my episode for about the 20th time. I cry 😭 like a baby 👶 ever time I watch it. Just to let the world 🌎 know, Abby and I are no longer together. She will always be the love ❤️ of my life. I will always love ❤️ her more than anything!!!!!!!— Tom Jackson (@TomJack20176306) February 28, 2018
While fans are disappointed the couple called it quits, writer Hadley Freeman also pointed out that this only further solidifies the show’s status as a tearjerker:
And for Tom’s part, he says he’s “doing great.”
I’m doing great. I’m still looking for that special lady!!!!!— Tom Jackson (@TomJack20176306) February 25, 2018
Just looking for a special lady to share his new chairs with.