Those smiling faces above, of Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray of the “The Bachelor” franchise … those are the faces of deception and deceitfulness.

On Monday, Andi (the star of the most recent edition of “The Bachelorette”) and Josh (the lucky guy she chose in the finale) appeared on “The Bachelor” live season premiere red carpet extravaganza on ABC, where they laughed and cuddled and bantered about their upcoming wedding. Now, a mere three days later? Splitsville.

“After several months of being engaged and working on our relationship, we have decided that it’s best for both of us to go our separate ways,” the couple said in a joint statement to People magazine. “We are very sad that it has come to this point, but this is what’s best for both of us individually.”

Well that was a fast turnaround. Unless something serious happened in the last 72 hours, Andi and Josh led us (and by us we mean the millions of people who watch the popular ABC reality show) all astray by pretending to still be happily together and engaged.

Were we duped? Some eagle-eyed viewers noticed that even though the photogenic couple said all was well at the premiere, things maybe seemed a bit strained between the pair, who got engaged in typical “Bachelor” fashion earlier this year on the finale with a giant Neil Lane ring. Mere weeks ago, they tweeted about visiting Murray’s family on Christmas, and hosted a New Year’s Eve party together in their mutual hometown of Atlanta.

But even if they had broken up beforehand, it makes sense that they would want to play up their happiness for “The Bachelor” cameras. After all, the reality series is a pretty important franchise for ABC, and it puts a lot of stock in the fact that on the show, the contestants really can find love. However, with a poor track record (just four couples in the show’s 29 seasons have gotten married), the series clings for dear life to its few pairs that do have a happily-ever-after.

And so, with all that pressure, they’re forced to make joint appearances for special events. “Joining me now, our newly engaged couple, Andi and Josh. You guys look good!” host Chris Harrison said on the red carpet on Monday night, raising his voice to talk over the screaming fans. “How awesome is this…when you guys go out, I bet it’s a little bit like this, where people are just so excited to you and to see this love between you.”

“Not quite this big. I don’t know if we could manage this on an everyday basis. But it’s fun. You know, we’ve actually seen a lot of people that are just super supportive, which is always nice to see,” Andi raved as she and Josh cuddled with their arms around each other. “I mean, if we’re going to the grocery store, people will be like, ‘We’re so happy that you chose him!’ And that makes me feel good and I know it makes Josh feel good, too.”

“Let’s talk wedding,” Harrison said sternly, getting down to business. “Obviously, we’re still excited about the engagement, but have y’all starting talking more about a wedding and a time?”

“We haven’t had time yet,” said Josh, as Andi stroked his back. “We’re looking forward to just settling down and just relaxing and having some fun with each other.”

Harrison brought up the fact that two former “Bachelor” couples have weddings coming up. “You guys just get in the queue,” he joked.

“I know, we gotta get on the ball, right?” Josh asked.

“I feel like once you start planning, though, there’s no stopping!” Andi exclaimed. “So I’ve gotta like, really be ready to plan and he’s gotta really be ready to taste the food and drink all the wine.”

“Oh, I’m ready to drink the wine and taste the food,” Josh said. “You know I can eat!”

So all that adorable banter was a lie? The timeline is unclear, but “The Bachelor” isn’t exactly known as the most reputable franchise. Well, even if the relationship didn’t last, Andi got press for her new lifestyle Web site. (She quit her job as an attorney after the show.) And they both have e-mail contact information for booking agents in their Twitter profiles, so presumably they have employment prospects for the future. In that sense, everybody wins.

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