On Monday, July 26, Michael made the shocking decision to walk away from the competition. He was one of the final four men.
During a one-on-one moment with Katie, the businessman handed her a stopwatch—something he brought for her on the first night to remind them about the importance of time.
“We ran out of time,” Michael simply stated. “I can’t help but wish that we had more in a different world or different circumstance. ‘Cause I do think it would work.”
She replied, “I know it would have worked…As selfish as I want to be, and I want to beg you to stay, I just know that’s not an option.”
After breaking down in tears, Katie then told the cameras that she was heartbroken by the news.
“Michael is someone I saw myself walking away with,” she explained. “I knew what my life would be if I chose Michael, and that was a life I wanted. I know his decision is the best decision for his family, but right now, in this moment, it f–king hurts, and in this moment, I am mad. I am sad. All I’m looking for is to be in love and find my person, and it’s very possible that my person just left.”