Katie Thurston reveals ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ was the ‘first time’ she spoke to ex Blake Moynes after breakup

In a surprise appearance on season 9 of Bachelor in Paradise, Katie Thurston will reunite with ex-boyfriend Blake Moynes for the first time after their breakup.

On Wednesday, August 30, Katie, 32, teased their reunion in an Instagram Story Q&A with followers. “First time seeing/speaking [to Blake] since we split 1.5 years ago,” the season 17 Bachelorette wrote along with a black-and-white pic of Blake holding a kitten and glancing at his phone.

In the BiP season 9 trailer, which was released on August 22, Blake and Bachelor Nation both were stunned when they saw Katie arrive on the island.

Is the third time the charm? Katie Thurston and Blake Moynes’ road to romance had its ups and downs, yet they found happiness after meeting on season 17 of The Bachelorette. Katie’s unconventional journey, which was co-hosted by Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe after Chris Harrison left amid controversy, included numerous.

“I don’t think Blake’s going to be happy that I’m here,” Katie states in the teaser, as the camera pans to an unhappy-looking Blake turning his back on his ex-fiancée.

Katie and Blake broke up in October 2021, 3 months after the season finale, in which they got engaged.

Katie elaborated on their split via Instagram Live after sharing a joint statement announcing the end of their relationship: “We were together for six months [and] Blake and I are very level-headed and mature, and we communicate very well on our thoughts, and we just both knew if this was how our first six months was as a couple, going forward it was going to not be in our best interest for our happiness to stay together.”

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