Earlier this month, one of the fan-favorite couples from “The Bachelorette,” Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth, announced their split after three years together. Shortly after the announcement, Booth spoke up in an Instagram post about the breakup, saying he was thankful for the support of he and Kaitlyn’s relationship over the years.
“You’ve made me feel incredibly special, supported, and very loved. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you. It truly means a lot. And thank you to everyone who has sent their love & support during this painful time,” he said.
Now, Kaitlyn Bristowe shared her side of the story in her Off The Vine podcast, explaining that their split was something she didn’t anticipate. “It’s been a really hard few months now. I really did think we’d get through it,” she said during the podcast.
“To be honest, I thought we would choose the road where we would end up together. I just never took our commitment or being engaged, lightly at all. I had the mindset of doing whatever it took to make it work,” she went on. “And now realizing, maybe to a fault, with all the hard moments in life come life lessons and that’s what I need to take from all of this. Sometimes you need to take a moment and take a step back to think about what you are fighting for and if it makes sense for your long-term happiness.”
She then explained that the relationship and love they shared was real, but there were ultimately too many obstacles to get over.
“I want to reiterate to people, what you saw on social media was real and what we had was real love. But when it comes to roadblocks, and those fundamental values and getting through thing together, I just don’t think we were on the same page—and it’s painful to admit that,” she said. “But you need that foundation and you need that partnership if it’s going to last forever.”
As one of the few couples standing from the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise, Kaitlyn said she couldn’t help but feel like she was disappointing her fans with the split.
“A part of me always felt like I was disappointing people with this breakup and my heart just aches,” she said emotionally.
She closed by thanking her fans who have supported her and respected the decision, and that she hopes other women can learn from her experience.
“I also wanted to say thank you to everyone who has respected this decision and for all the kind messages. I know that there are so many bright days ahead and, in a weird way, as much I was dreading releasing that statement and accepting it was the end, it has let me close the door on that thought of forever and start envisioning my new future ahead, which I am excited about,” she said.
“I hope with all of this I can choose to look forward and not in the rearview mirror at what could have been and what could have been different. I just hope, through this time, I can help other women who might going through a hard time, men too, knowing there is light at the end of the tunnel. And you always have to choose the right path for you and for your own happiness, even if that means battling heartbreak or hard times.”
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I would usually look at this quote during a relationship. But today I’m able to look at it after. My relationship with Shawn was a blessing, and it has allowed me to acknowledge my strength, vulnerability, and ability to move forward to be a better, stronger person. I did my best to open up on today’s podcast. @offthevinepodcast #OffTheVine