‘Bachelorette’ Stars Michelle Young and Nayte Olukoya End Engagement

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The Bachelorettes Michelle Young and Nayte Olukoya have ended their engagement after the pair’s romance was featured on the ABC dating show’s most recent season.

Both stars took to social media Friday to announce their breakup following Olukoya proposing to Young in the season finale that aired Dec. 21, 2021.

“I’m struggling to say that Nayte and I will be going our separate ways but I stand with him in knowing the heaviness that is present in both our hearts as this relationship has been very real for us,” Young, 29, posted to her Instagram Stories. She added that she is “deeply hurting and will need time and space to work through this heartbreak.”

Meanwhile Olukoya wrote in his Stories that “Michelle and me are going to move ahead separately.” We are trying to deal with these emotions and heavy hearts .”

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During a previous interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the pair reflected on being the first Black couple to get engaged on either The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. Young stated that it was “incredibly important” for them to be able show people a Black love story. “In the past there have been diverse castmembers but those stories weren’t necessarily able to be shown .”

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The split means that the six most recent Bachelorette couples have all parted ways since their romances on the show. Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo, whose story was chronicled on the season that aired in 2017, are still together, while JoJo Fletcher, the Bachelorette prior to Lindsay, married her show pick, Jordan Rodgers, last month.

Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey will share the spotlight as co-Bachelorettes on the upcoming season that premieres July 11 on ABC.

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