The couple, who got engaged on the finale of The Bachelorette in December, announced their breakup on June 17. It’s hard for me to say that Nayte and I will go our separate ways,” Michelle wrote on her Instagram Story, “but I stand with him knowing the heaviness that is present in our hearts as this relationship has been very real to us.”
The former elementary school teacher then addressed her ex-fiancé directly. For you, Nayte, you quickly became my best friend and the love I have for you is incredibly strong,” he told her. “I will never stop wanting to see you succeed.
Michelle chose Nayte over Oregon itinerant nurse Brandon Jones during the finale of ABC’s The Bachelorette. He also previously appeared on Matt James’ season of The Bachelor. I will always acknowledge and appreciate the adventures, support and growth that both Nayte and this experience have brought me,” Michelle continued in her statement. “At the same time, it hurts deeply and I will need time and space to get over this heartache.
Nayte echoed his sentiment in a post of his own on June 17. When we both started this journey, we were looking for our soul mates. Our forever. Our best friends. he recalled. “However, as we grow and learn, we also realize that sometimes someone you hold dear in your heart is not someone you should spend the rest of your life with.”
He said the split is taking a toll on him emotionally, writing, “Hearts are heavy, emotions are high and we are dealing with this the best way we can… We really fell in love and really became best friends with each other. Michelle and I will always cheer each other on, but in the future, we will cheer each other on from a distance.
Amid her heartbreak the reality star asked fans for privacy as they go through the difficult time. In recent weeks, rumors have been circulating that the two have broken up. Last month, Michelle referred to a video that went viral online showing her without her engagement ring, saying one of her friends “briefly” took it off to try it on. He added that it was “creepy” to see the surface of the video because they are not a zoo exhibit.
The next day, he shared on the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast that he was taking a break from something else in his life. I’ve decided to get out of the classroom,” Michelle said as she got emotional. “It’s been a complete whirlwind hanging out with my students, teaching in the classroom and then living that double life as a bachelorette party, walking red carpets and going to premieres and wow changing things up.