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It was just in early August that word spread that former Bachelorette Becca Kufrin and her fiancé, Garrett Yrigoyen, who met and became engaged on her season of the show, had broken up after years of troublesome behavior from Garrett. While it seemed like we'd never hear from either of them on the matter, Becca has now confirmed their split and taken the time to explain what happened to her fans.
Becca Kufrin co-hosts the official Bachelor Nation podcast Bachelor Happy Hour with fellow former star of The Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay, and on this week's episode, Becca spoke about her breakup with Garrett publicly for the first time. As you might imagine, this summer has been an emotional time for Becca, especially after she and Garrett decided to call it quits on their relationship a little over two years after becoming engaged, but after telling listeners she didn't feel it was right for anyone else to confirm such news, said:
I don't think it's gonna come as a shock to anyone, but Garrett and I have decided to end our engagement. If you have followed us on Instagram for the past couple months, you'll have noticed that I spent a lot of time in Minnesota. I was with family and close friends and he was out on the West Coast doing the same and we were really just trying to take time and gain some clarity on as to what was the next best step in our lives, whether that was together or as individuals. After many conversations, we came to this decision. It wasn't something that we just arrived at one night.
As I mentioned before, Becca has had it rough this summer with regards to her relationship, largely because of Garrett's decisions to continue to use social media to post and like problematic statements. This was something he apologized for right after becoming engaged on Becca's season of The Bachelorette, because as the show was airing he was revealed to have liked several posts which made fun of liberal feminists, undocumented immigrants, the trans community and even a survivor of the Parkland shooting.
This summer saw Garrett post support for a well-known anti-Black Lives Matter movement as protests were happening around the country (and around the world) because of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others at the hands of police officers. He angered many in Bachelor Nation with his words, including several favorites from the franchise.
As Becca noted, breakups are pretty much never easy, particularly when you've spent so much time with a person, and the decision to end a romance is almost never instantaneous. It usually takes several conversations and some effort to work out differences, before a couple arrives at a final decision. During the podcast, Becca went on to say that despite what fans may think, Garrett's offensive social media habits can't be considered the one cause of their breakup, and said:
It wasn't based solely off of one Instagram post or somebody else's opinions or comments. There's much more to it—to any relationship, there's a lot of layers. It's not for me to divulge details. It's no one's business other than what I'm telling you right now, but for anyone out there who has gone through a breakup, you know that it's never easy. It's a rollercoaster of emotions. You have these ups and these downs and you just try to take it day by day and to navigate as best you can, which is why it's taken either of us so long to say anything.
Becca had already admitted in two June episodes of the podcast that she and Garrett were beginning to struggle after he made his thoughts on BLM public, so it's clear that the decision to put the breaks on their relationship was a difficult one. Still, Becca told fans that she and Garrett "truly did" find love on The Bachelorette, but "sometimes people's paths just go different ways."
Just the fact that Becca has spoken about her breakup now shows that she's beginning to heal, so here's hoping that the pain of heartbreak doesn't last for too much longer.