Season 17 of The Bachelorette is in full swing, and that means one big question is on fans’ minds: Is leading lady Katie Thurston engaged? Here’s what we know about the ABC personality’s relationship status since concluding her season of the dating show.
The Washington native, 30, is staying hush-hush about her relationship status, but she is engaged to Blake Moynes, according to Reality Steve. Katie’s other final contestants are reportedly Justin Glaze, Greg Grippo and Andrew Spencer.
Fans desperately want to know who won the leading lady’s heart and have been speculating for weeks. During the June 14 episode, eagle-eyed Bachelor Nation supporters noticed that Katie appeared to be wearing one of Greg’s black beaded bracelets, which he has been seen wearing on the show. Though this doesn’t confirm their engagement, it does allude to things, at minimum, getting more serious between the marketing pro and the New Jersey native.
Fans are in for a wild ride this season. An insider exclusively dished to Life & Style about Katie’s “drama-filled” journey to find love.
“It’s definitely an emotional roller coaster for Katie. She doesn’t hold back and will tell it like it is. At one point, she threatened to quit the show. It really got to her and she couldn’t take it anymore,” the insider explained in June. “She just walked away from cameras. She kept changing how she felt and her thoughts were all over the place. You will see later on this season how difficult it was for her.”
The insider added, “Like every season there’s a villain, guys who are on the show for the wrong reasons, guys who have a secret or some kind of scandal and surprises.”
The bank marketing manager has dropped some major clues about her relationship status via social media. On May 1, Katie seemingly hinted at having a “special” person in her life.
“Getting ready for a virtual visit with someone special,” the brunette beauty captioned a photo of a wine glass that read, “cat lady,” with a kiss emoji. She had the song “I’ll be Seeing You” by Frank Sinatra playing in the background.
That’s not to say the former contestant from Matt James‘ season was talking about a possible fiancé. On April 29, Katie shared an Instagram Story video of herself in a green bikini without a ring on her wedding finger. “My family trying to find a ring,” she captioned the clip, in which she pretended to look around for something as she enjoyed time on a boat.
Since it’s still unclear *exactly* how the events of the season shook down, she could have just been trying to trick viewers. Jokes aside, Katie made it very clear during the After the Final Rose special following season 25 of The Bachelor that she was determined to find a partner on the show.
“I’m ready to find love, and not just, like, the temporary kind. I’m talking forever, my husband, and I’m in a place in my life where I feel like I’m the best version of me,” the Bachelor Nation star told sports analyst Emmanuel Acho, who hosted the special following Chris Harrison‘s decision to step back from the franchise. “Honestly, I’ve seen it work before, why can’t it work for me?”
The first promo for her season, which was released on April 25, solidified Katie’s desire to find her perfect match. “I don’t regret being myself,” Katie asserted over clips from the dramatic end of their relationship. “I know what I deserve.” She also noted, “I never want to stop pursuing love.”
Good luck, Katie!