When The Bachelorette season 18 aired in the fall of 2021, Michelle Young was chosen as the lead, and she went on to accept a proposal from Nayte Olukoya; now, Kaitlyn Bristowe is sharing thoughts about the former couple. At first, Michelle and Nayte seemed to be in love, and even planned to move in together. However, many viewers (and former lead and co-host, Kaitlyn) were shocked when the couple announced their split on June 17 of this year. After the breakup, Kaitlyn had a lot to say about the former Bachelorette and her ex, and her comments were good and bad.
When The Bachelorette 18 finale first aired in the fall, Kaitlyn stated that Michelle inspired her in every way, while she also praised Michelle’s then-fiance for letting his guard down and being vulnerable. Kaitlyn also went on to say that even though viewers don’t get to see everything on the show, it was clear to her that the two celebs were in love. So, when the couple announced their split, it shocked the former co-host, as well as the rest of Bachelor Nation.
According to Realitytea, when talking about the breakup, Kaitlyn admitted that she didn’t want to speak for Michelle, but did say that the former teacher was blindsided by the split. Kaitlyn stated, “She was confused because I think it was, like, after her birthday, and she was like, ‘Wait, what?” However, she also explained that she doesn’t know what happened between the two. Kaitlyn did share that the breakup felt abrupt, and made her wonder if Nayte was just in it for fame. She also thought that Nayte might have found someone else.
However, Kaitlyn didn’t say much more about their relationship, as she believes it is not her journey to speak about. Shortly after the breakup, there was speculation that Nayte could be dating fellow Bachelor Nation alum, Deandra Kanu; however, that has been denied. He has been seen with Bachelor Nation alums since the split, so hanging out with other franchise stars may be his way of coping with the breakup.
When Michelle chose Nayte during The Bachelorette season 18 finale, many viewers thought that they were going to get married. However, that just wasn’t in the cards for them. While many viewers were shocked by the split, they also wish both of the reality stars well during the split, as they know it is difficult to go through a Bachelorette breakup. For now, viewers will have to tune into the new season of The Bachelorette with Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia, to see if the two female co-leads will find love.
The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.