Bachelorette's Katie Thurston Claps Back at John Hersey Romance Criticism: 'Do What Makes You Happy'
Katie Thurston and John Hersey. Courtesy of Katie Thurston/Instagram

Standing up for herself. Amid Katie Thurston’s burgeoning romance with John Hersey, she has stood up to critics who were skeptical of her new love.

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“Life is brief. Do what makes you happy. 🤍,” the previous Bachelorette, 30, captioned a candy snap of the pair ice skating on Friday, December 3.

In response, a number of social media customers weighed in about their dating timeline by way of Instagram remark. One even quipped, “Real query? Does that imply when you're bored of him you're going to get one other as a result of ‘happiness?’”

The previous financial institution advertising supervisor, for her half, boldly shut down the accusation, replying, “Being ‘bored’ and being ‘sad’ are very completely different. If something doesn’t bring joy into my life (friendships, relationships, a job, and so on.) — sure, I’m going to take away that from my life.”

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In one other remark, an Instagram consumer famous that “she didn’t waste any time” in shifting on from her televised engagement with Blake Moynes — which aired during the August finale of The Bachelorette season 17. Thurston clarified that the exes acquired engaged in April earlier than they eventually called it quits in October.

Whereas a number of Instagram customers took to the social media platform to criticize Thurston, others have been extra enthusiastic to see the Bachelor season 25 alum transfer on and happily pursue a romance with the California native, 27.

“It could have by no means labored for us on the present,” the Washington native commented about their newfound relationship. “He was too shy. A solid friendship first constructed an incredible basis.”

Lower than one month after Thurston and Moynes, 31, confirmed they had ended their whirlwind engagement, the Bachelorette season 17 lead and Hersey went Instagram official in November. She closed out her “12 Days of Messy” problem by dedicating Taylor Swift’s “Begin Again (Taylor’s Version)” to the bartender — whom she initially despatched residence throughout the second week of the ABC collection — alongside a montage of candy moments collectively.

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Whereas followers and the Canada native could have been blindsided by the news of the duo’s relationship, Hersey shortly shot down any rumors concerning the nature of their bond and denied any infidelity on his girlfriend’s behalf.

Bachelorette's Katie Thurston Claps Back at John Hersey Romance Criticism: 'Do What Makes You Happy'
Katie Thurston and John Hersey. Courtesy of John Hersey/Instagram

“Katie and I developed an unimaginable and deep friendship over the past half yr or so,” Hersey wrote via a lengthy Reddit letter on November 26. “The circumstances by which this friendship shaped was a collection of loopy, random and coincidental occasions, that I’m certain you'll all hear about at a later time. My level for now's that we have been ALWAYS platonic. Even throughout my brief stint on the season, we by no means had an opportunity to foster something romantic (learn as: John blew his probability and left the subsequent day hahaha). The boundaries of our friendship with respect to her ongoing relationship by no means even required addressing, as a result of it was by no means a thought in our minds that we might ever be something extra.”

The brand new couple’s romance has continued to warmth up as they’ve documented their journey by way of social media. The pair even made their first joint red carpet appearance on Thursday, December 2, at mutual buddy Stephen Lovegrove’s First Noelle Ball. The couple, who shared loads of occasion snaps by way of Instagram Tales, additionally sweetly packed on the PDA whereas posing on the carpet.

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