Chris Bukowski and Katie Morton have thrown in the towel. The Bachelor in Paradise alums confirmed that they have decided to go their separate ways in a joint statement released on social media on Tuesday, December 10.
“One of the many lessons this life has taught us is that it’s okay to be stubborn in the pursuit of happiness,” the former couple wrote in individual Instagram posts. “To fight for what is real and good, and that oftentimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same. We’ve reached a point in our story where we agree it’s best to go our separate ways,” the statement continued.
In an interview with Us Weekly in November 2019, the former couple said they weren’t bothered by the mystery surrounding the status of their relationship.
“It’s kind of good some time to be that mystery where we’re just like, ‘Huh’. It’s kind of, like, out of the spotlight a little bit,” Katie explained. “We’ve just took a break from it after Paradise cause it was very intense and we don’t feel the need to prove anything to anyone, which has been nice.”
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“We have chosen to love and respect each other as friends because that’s the base of our relationship, and it’s what is most natural for us. We are incredibly thankful for the support we’ve received from our family, friends and everyone who supported us throughout our journey – from paradise to this moment,” the pair continued their lengthy post.
The couple ended the announcement, “We are grateful for everything that we’ve learned in this chapter and are hopeful for what is to come in life and in love for both of us.”
Chris, 33, and Katie, 26, got engaged during the season finale of the dating show that aired on September 17, but fans speculated they had already split sometime earlier this year when Chris was noticeably missing from the Live in the Vineyard festival in Napa, California. Katie, however, was seen in a group photo with the other BIP alums.
Shortly after the Napa event, the couple was spotted together at a bar watching an LSU vs. Alabama football game. A spectator told Us that the couple looked cozy and even shared a kiss towards the end of the game.