Former “Bachelorette” seeks “graduation with ex” after surprising breakup.

Woman on the beach at sunset


A woman stands on the beach at sunset.

A recent breakup left a “The Bachelorette” star taking a step back and re-evaluating life. In a handful of social media posts shared following the split announcement, Katie Thurston has provided some raw and honest thoughts on where she’s going now and what she needs to do for herself.

On June 20, Thurston shared a brief and somewhat cryptic note on her Instagram Stories, suggesting that she and beau John Hersey had split. A few hours later, Hersey shared a lengthy statement on his Instagram Stories confirming the split. The two dated for about seven months and began dating when her engagement to her Bachelorette beau Blake Moynes ended. Thurston and Hersey have been spotted hanging out with a group of friends since their romance ended, but she had made it clear in more recent social media posts that she is single and is now moving forward.

Here’s what you need to know:

Thurston said split was ‘simple but complicated’

In a now-expired Instagram story shared by Us weekly, Thurston noted that her breakup with Hersey was “simple but complicated.” She said they remain on good terms and that it is a matter of “finding a healthy balance of space to allow for the closure”. The former “Bachelorette” also hinted that there’s still a lot of love between the two and that they want to make each other happy as they embark on “whatever path they want to take to find that.”

in one Tiktok video shared around the same time, Thurston invited her single followers to join her “club.” She insisted she wouldn’t be the leader of this club because “I don’t know what the hell I’m doing,” but she wanted to connect with others going through heartbreak. “The Bachelorette” star noted that she’s working on “figuring out what this heartbreak looks like in public” and putting herself “out there.” Thurston wanted to embark on a solo date and asked her followers to share her advice on breakups.

One fan commented that this TikTok “reminds me of Katie circa 2020. I love the raw combination of authenticity and vulnerability,” and Thurston noted that she’s “working to return to that Katie pre-show era.” In response to another comment, she insisted she’ll “do my best to avoid dates and dating apps this summer.” She also noted that it was time to “take care of my mental health on a professional level.”

She enjoyed her first outing with ‘Dating Myself’

The Bachelorette shared a couple’s adventure book that she bought but never used, and she used it to guide them on their first solo date. As she detailed in another Tiktok video, the book’s prompting led to a time when she was sitting alone on the beach writing herself a love letter. She brought takeaway food, wine and a journal and stayed long enough to enjoy the sunset. Thurston shared what appeared to be a page from her journal that read, “Sunsets are proof that endings can be beautiful,” and that seemed like the perfect thought to start her evening and personal journey at that point to represent.

Thurston admitted something in another Instagram Story that surprised some Bachelor Nation fans. Someone asked if she could do it again, if she would agree to be The Bachelorette. She replied, “I wouldn’t do Bach, Bachelorette or BIP.” That apparently sparked some critical direct messages. Thurston added: “Grateful for the positive results that have resulted. But I refuse to expose my sanity to this type of experience AGAIN.” She added, “I’m crossing that off my bucket list and off to the next big adventure.” Former “Bachelorette” seeks “graduation with ex” after surprising breakup.

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