Not what it looks like? John Hersey addressed rumors about his relationship with Katie Thurston, which she confirmed a few weeks after announcing her divorce from fiancé Blake Moynes.
That Bachelor alum, 27, shared a long letter via Reddit on Friday, November 26, noting that it was “the first and probably only time” he would ever speak directly to fans on the thread. He began by thanking those who have supported him and Thurston, 30, noting that not all of the comments have been positive.
While agreeing that everyone should be allowed to express their opinions, he revealed in the post that it “hurts” him to see “so many of you build assumptions and throw around accusations” about their new romance .
“Katie and I developed an incredible and deep friendship over the last six months or so. The circumstances under which this friendship was formed were a series of crazy, random and random events that I’m sure you will all hear about. at a later date, “Hersey wrote.” My point for now is that we were ALWAYS platonic. Even during my short stay on the season, we never had a chance to create something romantic (read like: John blew his chance and left the next day hahaha). The boundaries of our friendship in terms of her ongoing relationship never even required addressing because it was never a thought in our minds that we would ever be anything more. “
The bartender then stressed how seriously he and Thurston took her engagement to Moynes, 31. “Guys – she was engaged. It’s clear many of you are misjudging how both she and I view that commitment,” he continued. Neither Katie nor I would ever cheat, pressure anyone to cheat or be involved in cheating. It is not in our nature. That is not acceptable. It’s not okay. On reflection, this message perhaps deserves its own paragraph: There was no misconduct before the end of their engagement. “
Hersey recognized the rapid pace at which he and the former bank marketing manager moved after her breakup. “Besides, I understand that the timeline seems fast and messy. But I urge you to put yourself in our place, ”he said. “When Katie and I realized there was a romantic connection we were interested in exploring, we did not start from scratch; we built on the foundation of a close friendship through which we had already gotten to know each other so well. The speed at which I fell for this incredible, nurturing, and genuinely caring human being was frankly frightening. I was afraid. But every step of the way felt so right. ”
The California native pointed out that he and Thurston knew that “optics” would be “the only difficult part” of their relationship.
“To those of you who suggest we should have waited – I understand that. I hear you,” he elaborated. “But try to understand what it’s like for me, an ordinary guy who falls helplessly for his best friend , unable to take her out for dinner because pictures would probably leak and everyone would assume we were trying to foster some kind of secret and scandalous relationship haha. Our decision to go public was a decision to pursue happiness the way we wanted. “
Hersey concluded by apologizing to fans who “have felt emotionally triggered by how our actions have been perceived.” He added: “I’m sorry if it looked like one of us was exploiting someone’s trust. I’ve tried to respond directly to the people affected.”
Thurston and Moynes got engaged during the season 17 finale in The bachelor, which was sent in August. They announced their split on October 25 after six months together. The native of Washington revealed her romance with Hersey – who she sent home in week two of the show, but became friends with after the filming – on Tuesday, November 23rd.
The game leader responded to the news in the episode on Wednesday, November 24 of the podcast “Talking It Out With Bachelor Nation”. “I really do not think there was any physical cheating there, but there [was] clearly emotionally charged [cheating] for it to go as fast as it did, ”Moynes said, noting that his ex did not give him any warning that she was dating Hersey until he shared it publicly. “I feel stupid and foolish to allow that to happen, to some degree.”
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