Katie Thurston Suggests She Split From John Hersey

ABC Katie Thurston has been linked to another guy.

“The Bachelorette” Katie Thurston had seemingly found love after her split from Blake Moynes, her final rose recipient, but now that love affair seems as if it may be over as well. “Bachelor Nation” fans had been speculating quite a bit that Thurston and her new beau, John Hersey, might have called it quits, and she just signaled that may be the case. Thurston took to Instagram on June 20 to release a very simple statement indicating she was no longer with someone, but quite a few “Bachelor Nation” fans think she’s toying with franchise fans.

Here’s what you need to know:


Thurston & Hersey’s Initial Pairing Was a Surprising One

Thurston raised quite a few eyebrows a few months ago when she went public with her romance with Hersey. He had been a contestant on her season of “The Bachelorette,” but was eliminated quite early. She became friendly with Hersey while still with Moynes, and some fans found the timing of it all rather curious.

Once they went public with their romance, Thurston and Hersey seemed head-over-heels in love with one another. They posted on their respective social media pages about one another often, and it seemed she may have found what she had wanted in her journey as “The Bachelorette” all along. More recently, though, “Bachelor Nation” fans started to suspect something in the relationship had changed.


Thurston’s Statement Provided Little Context or Insight

When Thurston revealed her statement, she kept it quite simple. She shared one slide on her Instagram stories, and there was one line of text against a black screen. “Statement: no we aren’t together.” She did not specify she was referring to Hersey, but “The Bachelorette” fans felt her romance with him was implied as the topic of her statement.

Thurston’s statement generated a lot of buzz on Reddit. Was this really a statement that she and Hersey had ended their romance, or could this be a bit of toying with “The Bachelorette” fans? “She might be poking fun at the breakup rumors by saying they aren’t geographically together right now,” one poster pointed out. “This is probably just a misdirect + for views but Im just here for the snark in the comments,” someone else noted. “This ain’t about john. John was just eating a chipotle burrito in her living room 6 hours ago. No one breaks up with chipotle in their bellies,” insisted another poster.

Not everybody was convinced Thurston was toying with fans though. “Why these bachelor breakups so CONTAGIOUS,” questioned one Redditor, referencing the recent announcement from Michelle Young and Nayte Olukoya they had ended their engagement. As someone else pointed out, “The speculations aren’t out of left field either.” Thurston had taken a month-long social media break recently, and a number of fans felt there had been a handful of other potential signs a split had happened or was imminent. Was Thurston just trolling “The Bachelorette” fans or is her romance with Hersey really over? An answer should emerge quite soon, one way or another, and fans will be eager to gain some context to her cryptic Instagram Story.

Heavy has reached out to a rep for Thurston for comment but has yet to hear back.

Update: Hersey posted a statement on his Instagram page overnight that provided the necessary clarity on the couple’s current status.

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