“The Bachelorette’s” Shawn Booth Speaks Up After Split from Kaitlyn Bristowe

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Earlier this month, “The Bachelorette’s” Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth announced their split after getting engaged on the show in 2015.

“After three incredible years, we have decided to go our separate ways,” the two said in a statement.

Now, Shawn is speaking out personally for the first time about the breakup, thanking his fans for being supportive during a “painful” time.

“I just want to thank everyone who has been so supportive of my relationship with Kaitlyn over the years,” he said. “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. I love you guys.”

Kaitlyn first addressed rumors of her and Shawn’s split back in August on her Off The Vine podcast after fans commented on her traveling home to Canada without Shawn.

“So here’s the truth. I’m in Canada because every single year I have made a promise to myself and my family that I will come up every August and enjoy downtime with the people that I love in a country that I love,” she said. “Family is so important to me. Relationships, in general, are very important to me. I put relationships first.”

She went on to say the two wouldn’t call it quits.

“You are both always away, you’re exhausted at the end of the day, sometimes the relationship isn’t being put first, but does that mean you call it quits? No,” she said. “You love the s— out of each other and you work through it — and yourselves to be better. And you know that times aren’t always going to be smooth sailing.”