For Republican Rep. Nancy Mace, it seemed like a match made in heaven.
The 46-year-old mother-of-two was stunned in May 2022 when her entrepreneur boyfriend Patrick Bryant got down on one knee and asked if she wanted to spend the rest of her life with him.
But less than 18 months since that heartwarming proposal, the couple have broken up and are now in the middle of a messy legal fight over multi-million-dollar homes they bought together.
According to four sources, the South Carolina lawmaker – who was one of the eight to vote former Speaker Kevin McCarthy out in a historic vote – split with Charleston software mogul Bryant last month.
Fight over properties follow
Since they parted ways, their rift has deteriorated, and now they are fighting over a $3.9 million beachfront property with six bedrooms and a pool and a $1.3 million Washington, D.C., home they both have equity in.
‘I’m not Taylor Swift. No one gives a damn about my relationship status,’ Mace said in response to DailyMail.com’s questions about the dispute.
Public records suggest neither Mace or Bryant have filed a lawsuit, though three sources familiar with the situation say Mace is expected to take legal action over the homes.
Quite number of staffs resigned
It comes just days after Mace faced an exodus from her office on Capitol Hill. Six staffers resigned and claimed she runs a ‘toxic’ office.
The former couple, both Charleston-area socialites, got engaged in 2022 after two years of dating.
One of the most colorful members of the House since her 2020 election, Mace sparred with the former president, prompting an all-out MAGA war against her before aligning herself with Trump this cycle and reportedly eyeing his running mate spot.
She was full of antics
She set herself apart from her colleagues with antics like wearing a jacket that read: ‘My state is Banning EXCEPTIONS Protect CONTRACEPTION’ and after voting to oust McCarthy, donning a shirt with a scarlet ‘A’ on it.
She’s since become a fixture on cable news.
How Mace found Bryant
Two sources familiar said Mace has claimed she found Bryant on a dating app when they were still together, prompting their split.
Bryant told DailyMail.com he had not been active on a dating app since before he and Nancy met, but recently re-downloaded the app long enough to delete an old profile that was still showing up.