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The Bachelorette's Katie Thurston and Blake Moynes end engagement after three months


The Bachelorette‘s Katie Thurston and Blake Moynes announced they are calling it quits just three months after their whirlwind engagement aired on season 17. 

Moynes, who works as a wildlife manager in Ontario, Canada, and his former fiancé announced the news on their respective Monday with identical statements. 

‘It is with mutual love and respect that we have decided to go our separate ways,’ Thurston, 30, captioned a sweet black and white photo of them staring lovingly at each other.  

It's over! The Bachelorette's Katie Thurston and Blake Moynes announced they are parting ways just three months after their whirlwind engagement aired on season 17

It’s over! The Bachelorette’s Katie Thurston and Blake Moynes announced they are parting ways just three months after their whirlwind engagement aired on season 17

She continued: ‘We are so grateful for the moments we shared together and the entire journey that has unfolded this year, but we ultimately have concluded that we are not compatible as life partners, and it is the most caring choice for both of us to move forward independently.’ 

After her season of the Bachelorette wrapped, she told People she had ‘no regrets’ and found all their struggles on the show to have ‘really strengthened’ their relationship.

Recently, Thurston admitted she was ‘winging’ her life while navigating living in different countries and his busy travel schedule in an interview with Us Weekly

Sad news: Moynes, who works as a wildlife manager in Ontario, Canada, and his former fiancé announced the news on their respective Monday with identical statements

Sad news: Moynes, who works as a wildlife manager in Ontario, Canada, and his former fiancé announced the news on their respective Monday with identical statements

'It is with mutual love and respect that we have decided to go our separate ways,' Thurston, 30, captioned a sweet black and white photo of them staring lovingly at each other

‘It is with mutual love and respect that we have decided to go our separate ways,’ Thurston, 30, captioned a sweet black and white photo of them staring lovingly at each other

‘We’re figuring it out,’ the reality star added. ‘We don’t know. This is very new to us still. I’m just focusing on myself, he’s focusing on him, and if we work doing that, great.’ 

On social media, they seemed to be mastering long distance as the Canadian took a break from rescuing rhinos in Africa to show up to his partner’s stand-up debut this month. 

Thurston memorably chose over Justin Glaze in the emotional Season 17 finale of The Bachelorette on the finale of ABC’s reality dating show.

So promising: After her season of the Bachelorette wrapped, she told People she had 'no regrets' and found all their struggles on the show to have 'really strengthened' their relationship

So promising: After her season of the Bachelorette wrapped, she told People she had ‘no regrets’ and found all their struggles on the show to have ‘really strengthened’ their relationship

After promising all season that she would only say ‘I love you’ to one person, she uttered those words to Moynes, 30, during their overnight date, before going to the fantasy suite.

Unfortunately for Glaze, 26, an investment sales consultant from Ellicott City, Maryland, that overnight date came the day before his, as she told him the next day that she was in love with Blake and it was over between them.

While Blake seemed hesitant heading into the final day, he ultimately got down on one knee and proposed to Katie, which she accepted.

‘It’s scary to say because I promised myself that I wouldn’t say it to anybody unless I was sure. I f**king love you, and I’m really excited about life with you,’ Blake told her on their one-on-one.

Recently, Thurston admitted she was 'winging' her life while navigating their long distance relationship in an interview with Us Weekly

Recently, Thurston admitted she was ‘winging’ her life while navigating their long distance relationship in an interview with Us Weekly  

Katie replied: ‘Wow. I’m speechless because as you’re talking about love and sharing it, I’m relating. Like yes, I haven’t said it to anybody. I’ve held that close. It is a big deal. It’s a huge word. As much as I want to be stubborn and just like you, it’s scary and it’s crazy, but I f***ing love you so much. And I couldn’t be happier that you’re here.’

‘I get to go into the fantasy suite with a guy that I love. I have not felt this happy in a long time. All I ever wanted was to find someone that loves me exactly as I am. I feel like he completes me,’ Katie said in confessional.

As Blake walked up to meet Katie, she told him that would be forever thankful that he fought to be on this show. She told them that their chemistry was instant and that the night he told her he loved her changed her life forever.

Winner: Thurston chose over Justin Glaze in the emotional Season 17 finale of The Bachelorette on the finale of ABC's reality dating show

Winner: Thurston chose over Justin Glaze in the emotional Season 17 finale of The Bachelorette on the finale of ABC’s reality dating show 

She told him that she couldn’t wait for their journey to begin. Blake told her that he felt like they were dreaming and living a fairytale.

‘With you I honestly knew,’ Blake told her. ‘But I can’t give you what you came here for because you deserve a lot more than that…I’m excited to support you and be there for you every day moving forward.’

Blake then got down on one knee and proposed with a $80,000 Neil Lane ring. Katie said yes and they hugged and kissed. Katie then gave him the final rose which he accepted.



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