Katie Doesn't Feel Like She Owed Blake a "Heads Up" About Her New 'Ship, TBH

Bachelor Nation was collectively floored when Katie Thurston revealed that she was dating John Hersey (who was a contestant on her season of The Bachelorette, but barely—he was sent home week 2). When the initial shock wore off, some segments of the Bachelor fandom transitioned from surprise to low-key (or, in some cases, actually pretty high-key) anger about the timing of the news (just a few weeks after Katie and her season’s winner, Blake Moynes, announced they had called off their engagement).

This weekend, Katie and John hopped on Instagram Live to address some ~things~, including the backlash to their relationship news and claims that Katie should have given Blake a heads up about the announcement (he went on the record saying he learned of the new romance on Instagram with the rest of the world).

Katie respectively disagrees.

“People are always like, ‘Well, you should’ve told Blake…’ We talked about giving Blake a heads up,” she said during the IG Live (per People). “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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While Katie doesn’t think she necessarily “owed” Blake any kind of advance warning about her new ‘ship, she does admit that she regrets the *way* she broke the news about her and John to the world. In case you’ve forgotten, Katie revealed that she and John were together as the grand finale of her 12 Days of Messy tribute to Taylor Swift’s Red (Taylor’s Version), in which she spent 12 days comparing men from her Bachelorette season to songs from the album. On the final day, she paired John with “Begin Again” and made their Wednesday-in-a-cafe-level love known to the world.

FWIW, Katie says that A) she didn’t go into the 12 Days of Messy posts planning to go public with John at the end and B) the way she ultimately did share the news was intended as a kind of swoony rom-com moment for him.

“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,'” she explained. “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.”

In addition to the romantic backlash, 12 Days of Messy also got Katie in awkward scenarios with people like Becca Kufrin, who unfollowed Katie after the Messy post about Thomas Jacobs (who started dating Becca in Paradise this summer).

“What I’m learning is, I can view things in my way … like light and funny [but] there’s everyone’s own personal experience,” Katie explained of the unexpected reactions people had to the stunt.

Bottom line? She says 12 Days of Messy caused more harm than good and she basically regrets doing it at all.

“I know it was very controversial and like if I could go back in time and not do the ’12 Days of Messy,’ I would not, to be honest… It wasn’t worth it.”

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