Protecting issues pleasant. Almost one week after Katie Thurston and Blake Moynes introduced their break up, the Bachelorette season 17 lead is opening up about navigating her post-engagement journey and staying on good phrases along with her former fiancé.

“We have been collectively for six months [and] Blake and I are very level-headed and mature, and we talk very nicely on our ideas, and we simply each knew if this was how our first six months was as a pair, going ahead it was going to not be in our greatest curiosity for our happiness to remain collectively,” Thurston, 30, defined in an Instagram video on Sunday, October 31, whereas holding her cat, Tommy. “And so, we, as talked about, mutually determined to half our methods, however we nonetheless keep in contact, we nonetheless help one another; nothing however love and respect really.”

Following her breakup with the 31-year-old wildlife supervisor, the Washington native hopped onto her social media platform to verify in along with her followers and allow them to know the way she was doing amid the break up information, captioning her publish, “Simply venting. … Shoutout to Tommy for at all times being there 😍 🐱 sure he’s the most effective.”

“Clearly, a public relationship ending is a extremely sh—ty factor to need to navigate, however you guys have been very form and supportive and I wished to say thanks for being that technique to me and to Blake,” the former Bachelorette added within the clip. “I feel lots of people maintain an excessive amount of weight to issues that don’t matter … I’m a giant believer in, like, your happiness. Your happiness is a very powerful factor and that being stated, why would you not pursue that?”

The previous financial institution advertising supervisor went on to debate the character of the pair’s uncoupling in her social media add.

“It’s a troublesome factor to navigate as a result of then, after all, individuals have questioned, like, the authenticity of the love and the connection and for these individuals passing judgment, like, I can solely hope to be so fortunate as you to discover a perpetually love on the primary time, ?” she stated. “Ending a relationship isn’t one thing new … I feel Blake and I have been very lucky sufficient to acknowledge issues early and made the most effective resolution for us that [comes] with its personal challenges, like, we’re nonetheless processing a variety of waves of feelings.”

Katie Thurston
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To shut out her candid video, the Bachelor season 25 alum tearfully added, “It’s loads. I didn’t count on to [cry] … On the finish of the day your happiness is what’s essential and if one thing is taking that away from you — and that’s not even a dig at Blake, it’s only a dig at what him and I have been as companions — then we owe it to one another to step away, in order that’s what we’re doing.”

The exes confirmed that they had referred to as it quits on their romance lower than three months after the Bachelorette season 17 finale aired.

“It’s with mutual love and respect that we now have determined to go our separate methods. We’re so grateful for the moments we shared collectively and the complete journey that has unfolded this yr, however we in the end have concluded that we’re not suitable as life companions, and it’s the most caring alternative for each of us to maneuver ahead independently,” Thurston wrote by way of Instagram on Monday, October 25. “We ask for kindness and privateness as we each navigate this transition. Each of us will perpetually need the most effective for each other and ask you to please help us in our resolution.”

Days earlier than their breakup announcement, the favored TikTok character advised Us Weekly that she was “completely winging my life” whereas they tried to navigate a long-distance relationship.

“We’re figuring it out,” she admitted whereas backstage at Whitney Cummings Contact Me Tour on October 22. “We don’t know. That is very new to us nonetheless. I’m simply specializing in myself, he’s specializing in him, and if we work doing that, nice.”

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