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The Bachelorette ’s Katie Thurston Dating John Hersey After Blake Moynes Split

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Katie Thurston is finding love again after her final rose wilted.

Almost a month after The Bachelorette star and her fiancé Blake Moynes announced the end of their engagement, E! News has confirmed that the star is enjoying a budding romance with another contestant from season 17, John Hersey.

"Katie and John were mutually in the friend zone for months," a source tells E! News. As for the start of something new? Although Katie sent John home in the second week of her season earlier this year, their friendship came back around. "A lot has changed in the last four weeks," the insider shared. "And it's been wild but exciting for those closest to them to witness."

And it sounds like everything is coming up roses. As the source pointed out, "It's clear Katie has never been happier."

The development in Katie's personal life comes after she and Blake announced their split in a joint statement, each shared to their respective social media accounts, in late October. The two got engaged during a shocking season finale, which aired in August.

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"It is with mutual love and respect that we have decided to go our separate ways," Katie shared on Instagram on Oct. 25. "We are so grateful for the moments we shared together and the entire journey that has unfolded this year, but we ultimately have concluded that we are not compatible as life partners, and it is the most caring choice for both of us to move forward independently."

Katie Thurston, John Hersey
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Added Katie, "We ask for kindness and privacy as we both navigate this transition. Both of us will forever want the best for one another and ask you to please support us in our decision."

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