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Local 'Bachelorette' alum Katie Thurston and John Hersey break up

"Statement: no we aren't together."

Simple and straight to the point — former "Bachelorette" and PNW-native Katie Thurston and John Hersey announced their breakup in a pair of Instagram Stories Tuesday.

Thurston, who used to live in Renton, and Hersey, who was a contestant on her season, started dating in late 2021 following her split from ex-fiance Blake Moynes.

Following Thurston's post on her Instagram Story, Hersey posted the following on his Story:

"I love being able to share special moments with you all- the funny ones. the happy ones. the outrageous, embarrassing, and heartfelt ones. But I don't know if it will ever get easier to share the sad ones— As Katie stated earlier, we are no longer dating. The decision was not made lightly, and it was obviously not an easy one to make. I appreciate every one of you that has supported us throughout this journey. We could not (and would not) be here without you."

We are wishing these two the best on their separate journeys.