Michelle Young and Nayte Olukoya have officially ended their engagement.
Both Bachelorette The alumni announced their split on their respective Instagram Stories on Friday, with each penning a lengthy statement on the social media platform. The announcement comes just six months after the couple got engaged for their season of the beloved reality series.
“I find it hard to say Nayte and I are going our separate ways, but I stand with him knowing the heaviness that is present in both of our hearts as this relationship has been very real to us,” Young, 28, wrote. on her story, noting that having her relationship in the public eye “hasn’t been easy.”
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She then addressed Olukoya personally, telling her former fiancé that he “has quickly become her best friend” and that “the love I have for you is incredibly strong”.
“I will never stop wanting to see you succeed,” she added.
“I will always recognize and appreciate the adventures, support and growth that Nayte and this experience have given me,” Young continued in his statement. “At the same time, I am in deep pain and will need time and space to get over this grief.”
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Olukoya, 27, opened up about his split with Young in a statement released at the same time, writing, “When we both started this journey, we were looking for our soul mates. Our eternity. Our best friends.”
“However, as we grow and learn, we also realize that sometimes someone you care about isn’t someone you’re meant to spend the rest of your life with,” he said. he continued.
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“Hearts are heavy, emotions are strong and we’re dealing with this in the best way possible…We’ve truly fallen in love and truly become each other’s best friends. Michelle and I will always be cheering each other on, but moving forward, we’ll be cheering from a distance,” he added of their relationship, before reminding his 300,000 followers that he and Young are both “human beings going through a breakup,” asking for the confidentiality during this period.
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News of the couple going their separate ways comes just over a month after Young shut down the split rumors. After the video of the former teacher not wearing her engagement ring circulated, fans began to speculate that the engagement was off.
“There’s a video going around of me on a rooftop this weekend and I’m not wearing my engagement ring,” she said. “And what I have to say is to the person paying enough attention to capture that moment, you also had to be paying enough attention to see one of my friends briefly take off my engagement ring for the try it and then place it on my finger,” she said on Instagram at the time.
Young added, “Just a friendly reminder that Nayte and I are human beings – not a zoo exhibit.”