Former “Bachelorette” Michelle Young and fiancé Nayte Olukoya confirm they broke up just weeks after denying rumors of a split.
“For those who have supported Nayte and me, including Bachelor Nation, I know I speak for both of us when I say that being in a relationship in the public eye has not been easy,” Young, 29, wrote on her Instagram Friday. story.
“It is hard for me to say that Nayte and I are going our separate ways, but I stand behind him in the realization of the heaviness that is in both of our hearts as this relationship has been very real to us.”
The teacher-turned-reality star then addressed her now-ex directly.
“For you, Nayte, you quickly became my best friend and the love I have for you is unbelievably strong. I will never stop to see you succeed,” she wrote.
“I will always recognize and appreciate the adventures, support and growth that both Nayte and this experience have brought me. At the same time, I am in a lot of pain and I will need time and space to work through this heartbreak.”
For his part, Olukoya told fans that he realized that Young was not the person he “meant to spend the rest of his time with.” [my] live with.”
He also explained that he hopes to work through their split privately – despite the fact that many fans of the “Bachelor” franchise have been invested in their relationship for months.
“Michelle and I will continue separately. Hearts are heavy, emotions are high and we are dealing with this in the best way,” he wrote. “Michelle and I are private people by nature, and when it comes to this breakup, we will remain so.”
Still, he noted that he and Young are grateful for the public support they’ve received during their short-lived journey as a couple.
“To the public that has supported these two complete strangers on your television screen, we really appreciate you,” Olukoya wrote, although he suggested fans should think twice before expressing negative opinions about the couple’s decision to split up. .
“Our relationship may have developed in the public eye, and we know this news will get a lot of mixed reactions, but please remember this is real,” he wrote.
“The emotions are real. The heartbreak is real. And that we are real. We are people going through a breakup, and we all know that a breakup is hard. So we ask that you allow us our privacy so that we can restore our hearts to the privacy of our own lives.”
The duo called it quits just weeks after Young ended speculation about a split. Rumors circulated online when social media sleuths noticed her 3.2-carat Neil Lane engagement ring was missing.
“Okay, I don’t normally come here to tackle this sort of thing, but because I’ve been getting SO many messages about it… There’s a video circulating this weekend of me on a rooftop and I’m not wearing my engagement ring,” Young said in a statement. a series of Instagram Story videos.
“For the person who pays close enough attention to capture that moment,” she continued, “you also have to pay close enough attention to see one of my close friends take off my engagement ring for a moment to try on it and then put it back on on my finger.”
The co-host of the “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast and her latest recipient of the rose got engaged during the season 18 finale of “Bachelorette” in December 2021.