Breaking Down Katie Thurston and John Hersey's Complicated Relationship Timeline

Katie Thurston and John Hersey are one of the most solid couples in Bachelor Nation, a magical-yet-frightening place where relationships tend to fizzle faster than you can say “here for the wrong reasons.” Case in point: Katie’s engagement to Blake Moynes, which lasted just a few months before they parted ways like so many Bachelor/ette couples before them. But! This story has a very sweet and happy ending due to Katie falling for John, whom she became close friends with in San Diego until their relationship evolved into something more. Before you ask, no lines were crossed while Katie was with Blake, but if you remain confused we’ve laid it all out in a timeline.

March 22, 2021

Katie’s Bachelorette season films in New Mexico, where she first meets John. Unfortunately, she sends him home after just two episodes/weeks, but obviously this story has a happy ending.

July 2021

Katie’s season airs, and at this point she is secretly engaged to Blake. They do a whole post-engagement press tour, and things are basically cute!

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August 26, 2021

Katie admits being long distance with Blake is difficult to navigate:

September, 2021

Katie describes John as a “dear, dear friend” on Instagram:

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October 23, 2021

Katie makes it pretty clear that she and Blake are about to split, telling Us Weekly, “The short version is we’re figuring it out. We don’t know. This is very new to us still. I’m just focusing on myself. He’s focusing on him, and if we work doing that, great.”

October 25, 2021

Blake and Katie announce their breakup in a mutual statement on Instagram, saying, “It is with mutual love and respect that we have decided to go our separate ways. We are so grateful for the moments we shared together and the entire journey that has unfolded this year, but we ultimately have concluded that we are not compatible as life partners, and it is the most caring choice for both of us to move forward independently. We ask for kindness and privacy as we both navigate this transition. Both of us will forever want the best for one another and ask you to please support us in our decision.”

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November 23, 2021

Surprise! Katie reveals she is dating John in the final installment of her “12 Days of Messy challenge (where she paired Bachelorette contestants with various Taylor Swift songs). She drops footage of John to Taylor Swift’s “Begin Again,” and Us Weekly reports that fans should take the lyrics as confirmation that they are dating.”

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This same day, a source tells Page Six that Katie thinks John “is much more of her type than Blake,” and “she finally came to realize that John is a better fit than anyone else she met on the show.” Apparently Katie also “told producers at the beginning of her season that John caught her eye, and she regrets that she got distracted by the other men along the way. But she’s hopeful they can start a new chapter off-camera.”

November 24, 2021

Blake unfollows Katie. Womp.

November 25, 2021

Blake accuses Katie of emotional cheating while on the Talking It Out podcast with Mike Johnson and Bryan Abasolo, saying Katie didn’t tell him about her plan to reveal she was dating John during “12 Days of Messy.”

“On Day 12, people were like, ‘Do you think it’s going to be John?’ And I was like, ‘No, it’s going to be about herself and [how] she reinvented and found herself,” Blake said. “So when that dropped…I had to pull over because my phone was going nuts. I pulled over in a Best Buy parking lot and everyone was ringing me, they were like, ‘There’s no fucking way.’”

“I was shocked too,” he added. “I just thought that she might at least tell me on the side. Just because we have had very cordial, easy conversations. We haven’t had one in a while…but, you know, they’ve been very cordial and very good. So why not reach out to me and tell me that, at least to give me a heads up?”

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He added that he didn’t think there was “any physical cheating there,” but “there was clearly emotional [cheating] for it to transition as quickly as it did. I don’t know if it was partially me too. Like, was she in some sense emotionally cheating to some degrees? Because I wasn’t able to provide something with words of affirmation—which I know I struggle with sometimes.”

November 26, 2021

John writes a lengthy note to fans on Reddit, denying claims of infidelity on Katie’s part.

“Katie and I developed an incredible and deep friendship over the last half year or so,” he says in the post. “The circumstances by which this friendship formed was a series of crazy, random, and coincidental events that I’m sure you will all hear about at a later time. My point, for now, is that we were ALWAYS platonic.”

He adds, “I urge you to put yourselves in our shoes. Once Katie and I realized there was a romantic connection that we were interested in exploring, we were not starting from scratch; we were building off of the foundation of a close friendship through which, we had already gotten to know each other so well. The speed at which I fell for this incredible, nurturing, and genuinely caring human being was honestly terrifying. I was scared. But every step of the way felt so right.”

December 2, 2021

Katie and John prove how in love they are all over the red carpet at *checks notes* Stephen Lovegrove’s First Noelle Ball at Mavericks Beach Club.

December 3, 2021

Katie (subtly) responds to critics of her and John’s relationship with this pointed caption:

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December 7, 2021

The couple makes a red carpet appearance together at the People’s Choice Awards:

December 17, 2021

Katie and John hop on Instagram Live to address backlash to their relationship news, and Katie takes a moment to disagree with fans saying she should have given Blake a heads up. “People are always like, ‘Well, you should’ve told Blake…’ We talked about giving Blake a heads up,” she says during the IG Live. “But here’s the thing that people forget: We’re just normal people trying to live normal lives. And when have you ever had to tell an ex that you’re seeing someone new?”

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She also explains her thoughts behind revealing John on “12 Days of Messy,” saying, “John’s role I think grew, the closer we got to the last day. Initially, it was gonna be very like lighthearted. It was like, ‘Oh, we’ll just share a picture. It’ll just be a picture from the show.’ I wanted to really show that to me, John is my world. John is handsome. John is romantic. John is everything and I wanted to make a really big, grand gesture to show that.”

January 16, 2022

John and Katie get away from it all with a much-needed vacation:

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February 14, 2022

Katie gushes about John on Valentine’s Day 😍:

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February 15, 2022

Katie and John are seen kissing in California 😍😍:

March 22, 2022

Katie and John celebrate one year since the day they met on The Bachelorette!

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March 28, 2022

John and Katie post about ~exploring life~ together:

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April 19, 2022

Katie and John hit up Coachella like every other member of Bachelor Nation.

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That’s it for now! But fear not, we’ll keep you updated on the next chapter in all ^ this ^ cuteness ^!

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