John Hersey Defends Former The Bachelorette Katie Thurston Against Haters Following Their Breakup

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What a sweetheart! Following his breakup with former The Bachelorette Katie Thurston,  John Hersey is continuing to support his ex-girlfriend by imploring haters to “speak more kindly.”

After an Internet troll placed the blame on Katie for not being able to “get a guy,” John quickly jumped in to defend her honor, as reported by Us Magazine.

“You will speak a finite number of words throughout your life. I urge you to speak more kindly. Especially about someone you don’t know,” John clapped back in response to the comment. “I have never been so supported or unconditionally loved by a partner. Assuming and implying that Katie is doing anything wrong does not sit right with me.”

John concluded his response with the request, “The Internet can be a mean place — let’s not add to it.”

Katie first hinted at a breakup on Monday, June 20, when she wrote on her Instagram, “Statement: No, we aren’t together.”

John also confirmed the breakup the next day by posting on his Instagram, “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 . . . This decision was not made lightly, and it was obviously not an easy one to make.”

He concluded with, “I appreciate every one of you that has supported us throughout this journey. We could not (and would not) be here without you.”

Katie and John first met on Season 17 of The Bachelorette, but the timing apparently wasn’t right for them, as she sent him home on week two.

Katie went on to get engaged to Blake Moynes in the finale, but the two split only three months after the show finished airing (sadly closer to the norm than the exception in Bachelor Nation). At the time of their breakup, Blake implied that Katie had “emotionally cheated on him” with John.

“I really don’t think there was any physical cheating there,” Blake admitted at the time. “But there [was] clearly emotional [cheating] for it to transition as quickly as it did. I feel stupid and foolish for allowing it to happen, to some degree.”

Katie denied that there was ever any overlap between the two relationships.

“We both knew our relationship was not working out,” the former bank marketing manager said of Blake’s reaction. “My relationship with Blake was a very separate situation [from] my relationship with John. There was not overlap. There was nothing but respect. It’s just two different situations.”

John also came to Katie’s defense at the time, claiming that Blake was “capitalizing” off the broken engagement, implying that her ex was just trying to get more attention and publicity.

In Katie‘s defense, John stated, “I watched how much effort she put into that relationship while it was falling apart. And what really pissed me off . . . was when there started to be a narrative get painted that she was putting no effort in, and Blake was the only one putting effort in at the end.”

“And furthermore,” John continued, “that in that time, where she was ‘absent,’ that she was somehow emotionally cheating with me . . . It just pissed me off.”

You tell ’em, John! How many guys out there would defend their ex-girlfriend so vociferously after their breakup? I nominate John to go to Bachelor in Paradise. This guy deserves to find love — and also to get a free Mexican vacation.


[Photo Credit: Amy Sussman/Getty Images]

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