After splitting from fiance Blake Moynes, Katie Thurston is dating another contestant who vied for her heart on The Bachelorette.
The reality star, 30, is dating John Hersey, a contestant who Katie sent home on week two of The Bachelorette, according to multiple reports.
‘It’s known Katie and John became close friends post-season,’ a rep for the reality star told Page Six.
It’s on! Katie Thurston is exploring a ‘romantic connection’ with John Hersey after her split from Blake Moynes; pictured September 2021
‘John has been there for her through all the major changes in her life, and they are excited to explore this newly found romantic connection.’
Insiders told E! Katie has ‘never been happier’ amid the new romance.
‘Katie and John were mutually in the friend zone for months,’ a source told the site.
‘A lot has changed in the last four weeks,’ the insider said. ‘And it’s been wild but exciting for those closest to them to witness.’
The ex factor: Thurston recently split from Blake, whom she became engaged to on The Bachelorette
The duo were rumored to be dating after fans took notice of their frequent hangouts in San Diego, where they both live, back in October.
Katie, who moved to San Diego after filming The Bachelorette, has been hanging out with John, who also lives in the city.
She suggested they were dating in the last video of her ’12 Days Of Messy’ Instagram Story series on Tuesday, which saw her describe her relationship with various Bachelorette contestants using Taylor Swift songs.
The final video of the series ended with the Swift song Begin Again and video of her with John.
Rumor has it! The duo were rumored to be dating after fans took notice of their frequent hangouts in San Diego, where they both live, back in October
First night jitters: The duo met on Katie’s season of The Bachelorette
The clip showed John piloting a small airplane, bartending, and their first meeting on The Bachelorette, where Katie called him ‘my type.’
‘Yeah, that’s my type. I think that’s my type,’ Katie said as she watched John walk away.
It should come as no surprise that Katie used the song We Are Never Getting Back Together to describe her relationship with ex Blake.
The couple became engaged on the season finale of The Bachelorette but announced their breakup last month.
‘It is with mutual love and respect that we have decided to go our separate ways,’ the couple said in a statement. ‘We are so grateful for the moments we shared together and the entire journey that has unfolded this year, but we ultimately have concluded that we are not compatible as life partners, and it is the most caring choice for both of us to move forward independently.’
New flame: She suggested they were dating in the last video of her ’12 Days Of Messy’ Instagram Story series, which saw her describe her relationship with various Bachelorette contestants using Taylor Swift songs
Just her type! Thurston was definitely attracted to Thurston on night one of the show
Starting a buzz! Thurston posted video of Hersey, a bartender, hard at work