'The Bachelorette' Star Michelle Young 'Deeply Hurting' After Split From Nayte Olukoya
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The former couple, who got engaged in the finale of Michelle's 'The Bachelorette' season, announces on Instagram that they have called off their engagement after less than a year together.

AceShowbiz - "The Bachelorette" star Michelle Young and Nayte Olokuya called off their engagement after less than a year together. Confirming their split, both Michelle and Nayte shared a message on their respective Instagram accounts on Friday, June 17.

"To those who have supported Nayte and I, including Bachelor Nation, I know I speak for the both of us when saying having been in the public eye has not been easy," Michelle wrote in her post. "I'm struggling to say that Nayte and I will be going our separate ways but I stand with him in knowing that heaviness that is present in both of our hearts as this relationship has been very real for us."

Michelle went on to say, "You quickly became my best friend and the love I have for you in incredibly strong." She later opened up that she's "deeply hurting and will need time and space to work through this heartache."

As for Nayte, he echoed the sentiments in his own statement. "When we both started on this journey, we were looking for our Soulmates. Our forever. Our best friends," the Senior Account Executive for Indeed.com recalled. "However, as we grow and learn, we also realize that sometimes somebody that you hold dear to your heart isn't somebody that you're meant to spend the rest of your life with."

"Michelle and I are going to move forward separately," he went on to share. "Hearts are heavy, emotions are high and we are dealing with the best way we can... We genuinely fell in love, and we genuinely became each other's best friends. Michelle and I will always cheer each other on, but moving forward, we will be cheering from a distance."

Nayte knew their breakup "will bring a lot of mixed reactions" as their relationship was developed in the public eye, but he noted, "Please remember that this is real. The emotions are real. The heartbreak is real. And that we are real." He concluded, "We're human beings going through a breakup, and we all know breakups are difficult. So we're asking that you allow us our privacy so that we can mend our hearts in the privacy of our own lives. Thank you."

Michelle Young and Nayte Olukoya's Instagram posts

Michelle Young and Nayte Olukoya confirmed their breakup.

Back in May, Michelle shut down rumors that she and Nayte split after she was spotted without her engagement ring. "What I will have to say is to the person who is paying close enough attention to catch that moment, you also had to be paying close enough attention to see one of my friends briefly remove my engagement ring to try it on and then place it back on my finger. Just a friendly reminder that Nayte and I, we are human beings, not a zoo exhibit," she said at the time.

The former couple exchanged I love yous during the Fantasy Suites episode of "The Bachelorette". Nayte popped the question to the Minnesota native in the show's season finale.

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