“It’s a simple but complicated breakup considering we were best friends before we dated,” Thurston, 31, wrote Wednesday during a fan Q&A. “We’re on good terms so [we’re] just find a healthy balance of space for closure.”
She added: “At the end of the day, you just want the person you love to be happy and you support the path they are on to find it.”
When asked by a fan if she’s “currently dating anyone,” Thurston re-shared a TikTok video, in which she spoke of having “a couples adventure book but no one to experience it with”. The reality star added that it was part of her “healing and closure”.
Thurston also responded to a fan who asked “if you could do it again would you be the single one?” In response, she admitted, “I wouldn’t do Bach, Bachelorette or BIP. [Bachelor in Paradise]”
Thurston announced their split from Hersey28 years old, June 20. On her Instagram story, she wrote, “Statement: no we are not together.”
Hersey, for his part, gave a more elaborate answer to the question. “Like Katie said earlier, we’re not dating anymore. The decision wasn’t taken lightly and obviously it wasn’t easy,” he began.
“I love being able to share special moments with all of you, the funniest. The happiest. The most outrageous, the most embarrassing and the most heartfelt. But I don’t know if it will ever be easier to share the most sad,” he said. added. “I appreciate each and every one of you who has supported us through this journey. We couldn’t (and wouldn’t be) here without you.”
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Thurston was previously a contestant on matt james‘ season of The single personbroadcast in 2021. After being eliminated, she lands the main role in season 17 of the bachelorette – and that’s where she met Hersey.
Hersey was eliminated in Week 2, but the couple reconnected after the show and struck up a solid friendship amid their engagement with Blake Moynes. A month later her separation from Moynes, 31, has been announced in October 2021, a representative for Thurston confirmed to PEOPLE that she was exploring a “romantic connection” with Hersey.
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While together, Thurston and Hersey were criticized for how quickly their romance blossomed after her engagement broke down. Even Moynes commented on the matter, saying that the Talk about podcast that she was “emotionally deceiving in some way”.
But Hersey came to Thurston’s defense on Reddit after seeing ‘SO MUCH’ people on social media ‘constructing assumptions and making accusations’. He then wrote, “Neither Katie nor I would ever cheat, pressure someone to cheat, or participate in cheating. It’s not in our nature.”
Hersey recently defended her ex after a netizen claimed Thurston couldn’t “find a guy.”
“You will speak a finite number of words throughout your life. I urge you to speak more kindly. Especially about someone you don’t know,” Hersey said in response. “I have never been so supported or unconditionally loved by a partner. Assuming and implying that Katie is doing something wrong is not for me. The internet can be a mean place – let’s not add to that.”
Since their split, the exes have been spotted hanging out with friends at the San Diego County Fair.