Sad news, Bachelor Nation: One of the franchise’s favorite couples, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth, announced their split to People on Friday, Nov. 2. The couple got engaged on the finale of Kaitlyn’s Bachelorette in 2015. Shawn and Kaitlyn issued the following exclusive statement to People regarding the split:
In the past few months, Kaitlyn and Shawn have faced much speculation and break-up rumors about their three-year engagement. In August, Kaitlyn addressed the rumors head-on in an episode of her podcast Off the Vine, where she reassured fans that the couple was “110 percent committed” to each other. She explained that she and Shawn were also spending some time apart.
On the podcast, Kaitlyn said:
On Aug. 15, Kaitlyn tweeted about her decision to address the break-up speculation on her podcast:
Earlier this year, Kaitlyn and Shawn talked about wedding planning and even participated in a wedding photo shoot, leading to speculation that the couple had already tied the knot. But alas, it was a photoshoot for a magazine called Wedding Vacations.
Bachelor Nation was naturally heartbroken about the news on Friday and expressed their sadness about the split on Twitter.
Some fans tweeted that they were disappointed, even if they thought the speculation meant a breakup was coming.
Several fans wondered how the Shawn’s dog, Doodle, was taking the split.
There’s much sadness in Bachelor Nation on Friday, but also much love with Kaitlyn and Shawn as they go their separate ways.