Less than a year after Michelle Young and Babatunde “Nayte” Olukoya got engaged during the season 18 finale of The Bachelorette, the former teacher and the sales executive are going their separate ways.
On June 17, both parties took to Instagram Stories to share earnest messages with their fans about the breakup. “To those who have supported Nayte and I, including Bachelor Nation, I know I speak for the both of us when saying having a relationship in the public eye has not been easy,” Young began. “I'm struggling to say that Nayte and I will be going our separate ways but I stand with him in knowing the heaviness that is present in both of our hearts as this relationship has been very real for us."
In her message, the former Bachelorette addressed Olukoya directly, writing, “You quickly became my best friend and the love I have for you is incredibly strong. I will never stop wanting to see you succeed.”
As for her followers, Young asked for time to process. “I will always acknowledge and appreciate the adventures, support, and growth both Nayte and this experience have brought me,” she concluded her message. “At the same time, I'm deeply hurting and will need time and space to work through this heartbreak.”
Olukoya shared a similar sentiment and asked for privacy as they navigate their split. “When we both started this journey we were looking for our Soulmates. Our forever. Our best friends,” he began. “However, as we grow and learn, we also realize that sometimes somebody that you hold dear to your heart isn't somebody that you're meant to spend the rest of your life with.”
He continued, “Michelle and I are going to move forward separately. Hearts are heavy, emotions are high, and we are dealing with this the best way we can.” Throughout his message, he emphasized that his relationship with Michelle was “real.”
“We genuinely fell in love and we genuinely became each other's best friends,” Olukoya wrote. “Michelle and I will always hear each other on, but moving forward we will be cheering from a distance. To the public who has supported these two complete strangers on your television screen, we appreciate you so much. Our relationship may have developed in the public eye, and we know this news will bring a lot of mixed reactions, but please remember that this is real. The emotions are real. The heartbreak is real. And that we are real.”
He concluded, “We're human beings going through a breakup, and we all know breakups are difficult. So we're asking that you allow us our privacy so that we can mend our hearts in the privacy of our own lives. Thank you.”
As of June 18, Olukoya’s Instagram bio remains “THE Michelle Young Fan Account.”
Originally Appeared on Glamour