Recently, fans of The Bachelorette learned that former lead Katie Thurston and Blake Moynes broke up just a few months after going public with their engagement, and though it’s unfortunate, the breakup isn’t too surprising. For a while, the couple seemed to be going strong, but there were many aspects of their relationship that spelled trouble. Though both Katie and Blake seem to be at peace with their decision to go their separate ways, it was no doubt a tough call to make. There may have been signs of incompatibility between the two, but that doesn’t make the split any less difficult for them.
Katie’s season of The Bachelorette was dramatic from start to finish. Though Blake wasn’t part of the cast from night one, his mid-season arrival didn’t stop him and Katie from quickly developing a strong bond. Many fans believed Katie and Blake’s relationship would last. When the Bachelorette said yes to Blake’s engagement, it seemed they were on their way to a happy ending. The two seemed very happy together after the season finished airing, but in late October, Katie and Blake revealed on Instagram that they decided to end their relationship.
Katie and Blake were compatible in many ways, but there were logistical details about their relationship that they didn’t seem to have figured out. Blake lives in Canada while Katie recently moved to San Diego, and the distance appears to have gotten the better of them. The pair would go back and forth, with Blake visiting Katie in California and Katie visiting Blake in Canada, but the couple didn’t make any solid plans about living together. Katie and Blake were asked about their geographic differences before and the couple said they would find a way to make it work. However, that’s something they should have figured out before even getting engaged.
Katie and Blake didn’t go over the details of how their relationship would work while they were on the show, and that’s not too surprising. Contestants and leads on the show are placed in a romance bubble that makes it easy to forget about real life. Katie and Blake probably did fall in love on the show, but just because they were in love didn’t mean they could make a relationship work. Although it seems like Katie and Blake had a legitimate bond, that’s not always enough to keep a relationship afloat, and it’s easy for contestants and leads on The Bachelorette and The Bachelor to forget that.
Many fans of The Bachelorette were rooting for Katie and Blake, so their breakup is unfortunate news. The two had legitimate feelings for each other but it wasn’t enough to keep them together. While Katie and Blake may be hurting now, the end of their relationship was easy to see coming.
The Bachelorette airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.