The couple's breakup announcement comes six months after they got engaged on the show: Complete story here!
The Bachelorette's alums Michelle Young and Nayte Olukoya, who got engaged on the season 18 finale of the fan-favorite dating game show, have officially ended their engagement.- after only six months. The estranged pair took their respective social media handles and posted a lengthy statement.
"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," Young, 28, wrote on her story, adding, "I will always acknowledge and appreciate the adventures, support, and growth both Nayte and this experience have brought me."
"I'm struggling to say that Nayte and I will be going our separate ways," Young. Photo Source: Instagram
"When we both started this journey, we were looking for our Soulmates. Our forever. Our best friends," Olukoya explained in his story. "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 adds.
Before starring as the lead on The Bachelorette, Young had appeared on season 25 of The Bachelor. Despite having 30 men trying to win her, Young and Olukoya seemingly had their hearts set on each other from the start. It wasn't a surprise when Young said yes to Olukoya's romantic proposal in the season's finale, hence becoming the first black couple to get engaged on The Bachelorette.
The twosome got engaged during the season's finale. Photo Source: Instagram
The pair were even awarded a check of $200,000 for the down payment of their first house. The two made their first appearance as an engaged couple on the After theFinal Rose special, where the smitten duo shared their future plans and teased moving into a new house soon. Until late last year, young and Olukoya were discussing diving into their marriage sooner than later.
Young and Nate are the first-ever black couple to get engaged on 'The Bachelorette.' Source: E! News
"No shade to anybody who wants a long engagement, but that's not us. We're like, cool; you're my person, I'm your person. We're ready," Young said in a statement. Her then-fiancee Olukoya adds, "I'm all in. And I'm excited! We are both leaning towards a summertime wedding."
The former loved-up couple's breakup news comes over a month after the duo sparked split rumors. A viral video showing Young without her engagement seems to have fueled the breakup speculation. Young soon took to her Instagram to refute the claims. The Bachelor alum wrote, "Just a friendly reminder that Nayte and I, we are human beings — not a zoo exhibit."