Former Bachelorette Becca Kufrin and her made-for-TV fiancé Garrett Yrigoyen have ended their nearly two-year engagement.
Becca confirmed the split on her podcast, Bachelor Happy Hour, which she co-hosts with former ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsey. Rachel, however, was not present during Becca’s statement as Becca “didn’t think it was fitting to bring anyone else into this conversation when my relationship was only made up of two people: myself and Garrett.”
“I don’t think it’s going to come as a shock to anyone, but Garrett and I have decided to end our engagement,” Becca told listeners, acknowledging Garrett’s recent absence from her social media posts. “Garrett and I came to this decision after many conversations. It wasn’t just something we just arrived at one night. 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.”
Becca said the couple, who got engaged on the finale of her her 2018 season of The Bachelorette, have “finally comes to terms” with their breakup and have “realized that we still have so much love and kindness and compassion in our hearts for the other person, but sometimes people’s paths just go different ways.”
Becca also shared the news on Instagram, writing that she and Garrett had “come to the loving conclusion” to end their engagement.
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With a heavy heart, Garrett and I have come to the loving conclusion to end our engagement. All that we will share is that we still have nothing but love and respect for one another even though we’ve decided to go down our own separate paths. While we’ve arrived at this point, it doesn’t diminish the countless, amazing memories made together. We hope that everyone can allow us grace, respect and the time to heal our hearts as we navigate this next chapter in our lives.
“ … While we’ve arrived at this point, it doesn’t diminish the countless, amazing memories made together,” she continued. “We hope that everyone can allow us grace, respect and the time to heal our hearts as we navigate this next chapter in our lives.”
In May, Becca gave Garrett an anniversary shout-out on social media, writing “Two years down, hopefully 68 more to go.”
Back in June, Becca revealed she didn’t know the status of her relationship with Garrett following his support of law enforcement in the wake of national protests against racism and police brutality. On an episode of her podcast, Becca addressed Garrett’s comments and apologized to her cohost – the first Black female lead of the Bachelor franchise –for how she had handled herself while discussing race in America during a previous segment on their podcast. Becca said she felt she could have done better and given the conversation her “undivided attention” and admitted that “Black lives do matter.”
“For those who are curious about my relationship with Garrett at this point, all I can say right now is that I don’t know,” she said at the time. “I can’t give anything more than that.”
On the podcast episode that aired hours after Garrett’s law enforcement statement was posted to social media, Becca said she did not agree with Garrett’s post; however she noted that she did not “think he meant it in a malicious way.”
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This entire week has been the most difficult, & quite frankly I’m anxious for the assortment of responses that will be sent about today’s BHH podcast. Ultimately I have to look beyond myself & my feelings because what we cover in it is so much bigger & important than me. So with that preface, I’m going to take a moment to give some thoughts (unfortunately I can’t say them all in 1 post, but I hope my future actions speak louder than any words I can say). Throughout the episode, Rachel & I talk about what has been taking place across our country, the Black Lives Matter Movement, underlying issues of white privilege, diversity & changes that can take place within systems like the Bachelor Franchise. This conversation was the hardest, most uncomfortable, but important ones that we’ve had. I value my friendship with Rachel. I also value my partnership with Garrett. So this is really effing hard. As it should be. I will be the first to admit that listening to this back, I came up short. Very short. I listen to this & wish I had said more, wish I could have expressed myself better, wish I could have given so much more than I did. I think to myself “I didn’t ask the right questions,” “I threw out the incorrect phrases,” “I didn’t defend my fiancé,” “why couldn’t I back up my thought process better?” The list goes on & on. So where do I go from here? I can’t re-record this episode. I can’t go back & change my words (or lack there of). I can only try to move forward with what I believe is right, how to accept, be patient, & show care to others – especially for those who are hurting most right now. It that starts with a heart change (as Rachel so eloquently put it at the end – so I hope you’ve all listened through.) As an individual, I have the ability to use my voice, to use my platform, to have uncomfortable conversations during time-changing moments like this because it matters. It’s important. Each day brings on a brand new challenge, conversation, & new lesson. I welcome them & I hope you do too. If I’ve learned anything throughout these past 2 years, it’s that we have the beautiful capability to be better than the day before, so that’s what I’m trying my damndest at
“I do think it was tone-deaf and it was the wrong time and message and sentiment,” she continued, adding that one of Garrett’s friends is a police officer and he had been “shot in the back of the head during one of these riots.”
On this week’s podcast, Becca said both she and Garrett needed time to heal, noting that “2020 has been a hell of a year.”
“ … but I’m not the only one who’s had to deal with this,” she continued. “I’m not the only one who will have to deal with this. It’s important now more than ever to lean on each other and just to give out kindness and grace to others out there, because we could all use it with everything going on.”
Garrett has yet to comment publicly on the split.