‘BIP’: Katie Morton Says She’s ‘At Peace’ With Chris Bukowski Breakup and It’s Honestly So Relatable

The summer may be long gone, but Bachelor Nation is still reeling from paradise. On Dec. 10, Katie Morton and Chris Bukowski announced their breakup, three months after their engagement was televised on the Bachelor in Paradise Season 6 finale. But despite a joint statement on Instagram, fans still wanted more details on why Morton and Bukowski are no longer together. Then in the Dec. 15 episode of iHeartRadio’s Help! I Suck at Dating podcast, Morton got real about her split with Bukowski when speaking with hosts Dean Unglert and Jared Haibon. And quite frankly, Morton’s remarks will hit you right in the feels.

Katie Morton and Chris Bukowski announce their breakup on Dec. 10

As mentioned, Morton and Bukowski released a joint statement on Instagram to announce their split. The two Bachelor in Paradise alums are going their separate ways. But it appears both parties are leaving the relationship on good terms. The statement reads:

One of the many lessons this life has taught us is that it’s okay to be stubborn in the pursuit of happiness. To fight for what is real and good, and that often times the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.

We’ve reached a point in our story where we agree it’s best to go our separate ways. We have chosen to love and respect each other as friends because that’s the base of our relationship, and it’s what is most natural for us. We are incredibly thankful for the support we’ve received from our family, friends and everyone who supported us throughout our journey – from paradise to this moment.

We are grateful for everything that we’ve learned in this chapter, and are hopeful for what is to come in life and in love for both of us.

Why did Katie Morton and Chris Bukowski break up after ‘Bachelor in Paradise’?

In the Help! I Suck at Dating podcast, Unglert and Haibon touched on Morton and Bukowski’s long-distance relationship and noted the breakup was not a huge shock to them, as the couple was unable to spend much time together.

“I agree, there was a lot of distance,” Morton said. “We had some good times when we would see each other, but it was few and far between. I think it comes down to effort on both ends.”

Later in the episode, the 26-year-old acknowledged long-distance relationships are difficult to manage, but “you’ll put in whatever you want to get out of it.” Morton also confirmed both she and Bukowski made an effort to make their relationship work in the six months after filming, taking things “day by day” and visiting each other as often as possible.

Chris Bukowski and Katie Morton on 'Bachelor in Paradise' Season 6
Chris Bukowski and Katie Morton on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ | John Fleenor via Getty Images

Nevertheless, Morton revealed the engagement itself kept her relationship with Bukowski alive for much longer than it would have otherwise.

“I truly believe — and I think that Chris would say the same, not to speak for him — that if we hadn’t gotten engaged, with what we both had figured out after the show, we wouldn’t have been together this long,” she said.

Meanwhile, Morton hinted there wasn’t a “final straw” that led to the couple’s split. However, Morton realized she wanted more. She said:

As much as I have love for Chris, I have more love for myself and I know what I need, what I want and what I deserve and I can’t keep waiting for that in a relationship. I have to have that myself. Honestly, as much love I give to myself, there will be a time when I’m free and loving myself and God is just going to put that person there — who joins me. Not someone who has to make me whole, but someone who joins me and we find this dual partnership together that is thriving and we make each other better. Like a dope friendship, but with benefits and promises.

Katie Morton shares how she’s doing after her split with Chris Bukowski

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Even if Morton’s breakup with Bukowski is fresh, it appears she is at peace with her life now.

“Right now, I feel really at peace,” she told Unglert and Haibon. “I’m happy about that. I think that the struggle was more within. Now, I’m at peace. I don’t know how to explain that.”

She continued: “I’ve gone through some ups and downs with those feelings, which is pretty valid. It’s a breakup, it’s big. I take engagement seriously. So I just think that overall it’s a lot of emotions at once. I’ve allowed myself to feel sad, but I think that sadness was within.”

Morton also views her relationship and split from Bukowski as a learning experience.

“I feel peace because I decided to look at this relationship and instead of having any negative feelings towards it, I’ve been trying to change my mindset and just have a lot of gratitude,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot about what I want, specifically, and what I don’t want, specifically.”

Morton then explained she began fulfilling her own needs, rather than trying to receive what she wants or needs from her relationship. “And then I realized I’m okay.”

But ultimately, Morton is leaving on a positive note.

“I gained a lot. My mindset is a lot better. Every day I feel like that I’ve learned,” she said. “I’m really thankful for that relationship. I’m really thankful for Chris. He’s taught me so much as an individual, and within myself I was able to see a lot of things too. I’m really thankful overall.”

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