It’s over for Katie Thurston and Blake Moynes.
The “Bachelorette” couple — whose engagement aired on the ABC relationship collection’ Season 17 finale in August — took to social media on Monday to announce their breakup.
“It’s with mutual love and respect that now we have determined to go our separate methods,” Thurston and Moynes, each 30, wrote in a joint assertion.
“We’re so grateful for the moments we shared collectively and the complete journey that has unfolded this 12 months, however we finally have concluded that we aren’t appropriate as life companions, and it’s the most caring alternative for each of us to maneuver ahead independently,” the pair continued. “We ask for kindness and privateness as we each navigate this transition.”
The truth stars concluded by saying they “will perpetually need the most effective for each other” and requested Bachelor Nation for assist of their choice to half methods.
A supply completely instructed Web page Six that the geographical distance between Thurston, a Washington native who has relocated to San Diego, and Moynes, a proud Canadian, turned “too troublesome to navigate.”
“It was exhausting to take care of a long-distance relationship,” the insider defined. “Nonetheless, at one level, Katie appeared all in with Blake and was tremendous hopeful that he would in the future develop into her husband. However all the eye from the present put this unstated strain on the connection that they weren’t ready for.”
Moynes — who beforehand competed for Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams’ hearts on “The Bachelorette” Season 16 in 2020 — proposed to Thurston in entrance of thousands and thousands of viewers throughout his second go on the present.
“You deserve the world, and I’m excited to assist you and be there for you day by day transferring ahead,” the wildlife supervisor stated earlier than getting down on one knee with a glowing Neil Lane engagement ring. “In order that being stated, Katie Lane Thurston will you marry me?”
Thurston, in fact, stated sure. Quickly, the 2 have been touring to one another’s hometowns and exploring life collectively off-camera.
Ultimately, our supply stated, “Katie and Blake’s discussions about marriage turned much less and fewer they usually needed to admit to every that it wasn’t going to work out. However there’s no unhealthy blood they usually actually hope to stay pals.”
Thurston’s “Bachelorette” romance with Moynes is the second to dissolve this 12 months. Crawley and closing rose recipient Dale Moss’ on-and-off engagement lastly got here to a halt in September.
In the meantime, Adams’ engagement to her winner, Zac Clark, remains to be going robust. Solely time will inform if Season 18 “Bachelorette” Michelle Younger will discover her fortunately ever after.
“The Bachelorette” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.