The Insider. Kaitlyn Bristol spoke Michelle Young about her separation from Nayte Olukoyaand she has thoughts about what happened.
“I don’t want to speak for Michelle because it’s her story and it’s his story and whatever, but I’ve obviously spoken to her and I’m obviously there for her,” he said Dancing with the stars champ, 37, said on a recent episode of her Off the Vine podcast. “I was there for her throughout her experience.”
Canadian native and Tayshia Adams cohosted season 18 by The Bachelorettewhich ended with Young, 29, getting engaged to Olukoya, 28. However, in June, the former teacher confirmed that the duo called off their engagement.
“I’m struggling to say that Nayte and I will be going our separate ways but I stand by him knowing the heaviness that is present in both of our hearts as this relationship was very real for us,” she wrote via Instagram at the time. “I am deeply hurt and will need time and space to process this heartbreak.”
According to Bristowe, the Minnesotan native was “definitely taken aback” by the split. “She was confused because I think it was after her birthday and she said, ‘Wait, what?'” the Dew Edit co-founder explained. “I do not know what happened.”
Still, the Season 11 Bachelorette pondered what could have gone wrong. “I don’t know for sure — it’s just my opinion,” she said. “I’m like, ‘Did he just like the attention or did he find someone else? Because it felt abrupt.”
Earlier this month, Young confirmed she was surprised by the split, though she didn’t elaborate on what caused the breakup. “I’m going to say that I didn’t anticipate this, and I’m going to leave it at that,” she explained during an episode of the Almost Famous podcast. Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti.
The former basketball player also noted that she’s had “good days” and “bad days,” thanks in part to the fact that she decided to step down from teaching earlier this year.
“It’s been quite a transition, I would say,” Young explained. “Just because this year I decided to step away from the classroom the following school year, just because I was so burned out and just really wanted to get out of this survival mode. I kind of feel like life took this thing to be, ‘Okay, challenge accepted… [now] dealing with a breakup.’ It’s definitely not something I wanted to work through this summer.”
For the past few weeks, social media users have been speculating that Olukoya has moved on Deandra Canoewho appeared in season 24 of The bachelor. Earlier this month, the 26-year-old Maine native attended his birthday party and appeared to be wearing his necklace in photos.
However, days later, during an Instagram Live interview with a colleague, Kanu brushed off questions about the sales manager Bachelors in paradise alum Ivan Hall. “Who?” she said in response to a question as to whether Olukoya was her type.
“I’m kidding!” Halle, 30, replied. “You like, how do I say that? people [who are] I feel a little jittery than I am.”