Katie Thurston announced her breakup with beau John Hersey in a hush-hush Instagram post. The breakup comes just 15 months after they met on the famous The Bachelorette show.

The couple called it quits this Monday announcing on their respective Instagram handles.

Katie Thurston and John Hersey were going strong as the romance churned off-screen while the filming of the series ended.

31-year-old Katie Thurston announced the breakup on her Instagram stories stating” statement: “no we aren’t together”

In her response, the 28-year-old John Hersey stated “as Katie stated earlier, we are no longer dating. The decision was not made lightly and it was obviously not an easy one to make.”

“I love being able to share special moments with you all — the funny ones. The happy ones. The outrageous, embarrassing, and heartfelt ones. But I don’t know if it will ever get easier to share the sad ones,” he also said. “I appreciate every one of you that has supported us throughout this journey. We could not (and would not) be here without you.”

Katie Thurston was the Bachelorette in season 17. Even though the winner of the season was Blake Moynes, the couple got engaged and split in October of the same year. Only a month after the split, Thurston announced that she is dating Hersey, who was a pilot in making and was also part of the same Bachelorette season but was eliminated in the second week.

Thurston’s rep announced in November of 2021, “It’s known Katie and John became close friends post-season, John has been there for her through all the major changes in her life and they are excited to explore this new found romantic connection.”

The couple had been very open about their relationship on social media and kept on sharing intimate photos which were PDA-filled.

Just this January Thurston had posted that she is the “happiest version of herself” with John Hersey.

“Falling for you was the best decision I never had a say in, and I couldn’t be happier,” Hersey said. “I could have never dreamt up what this year had in store for me. I am both in awe of, and extremely grateful for the circumstances that brought us together. And thank goodness you dumped me on national television, or else we could have never gotten to where we are now.”

The couple celebrated their one-year anniversary this March with heartfelt posts on social media platforms.

“A year ago I’d never believe I would be right here in these moments with you 🖤,” she had written in a heartfelt post, captioning a shot of the pair sharing a loving look.” Sorry to all the bachelor brackets we f—ed up,” she teased in a comment on Thurston’s official Instagram handle with a winky test to confirm that they think their love story was exceptionally unexpected for their fans. “We owe you one