‘The Bachelor’: Why Did Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth Break Up?

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, Bachelor nation is at a loss for new content. Luckily for the franchise, there have been some pretty wild seasons in the past. So, to fill the space until the shows can start filming again, ABC has decided to start airing The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons Ever on Mondays. The show will feature a recap of some of the best seasons of The Bachelor and Bachelorette with new interviews from the cast members.

This week, it’s Kaitlyn Bristowe’s love story. Bristowe ended her season with Shawn Booth, but sadly the two did not live happily ever after.

 Shawn Booth and Kaitlyn Bristowe
Shawn Booth and Kaitlyn Bristowe | Taylor Hill/Getty Images

What happened between Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth?

The person who wins The Bachelorette is supposed to go on to get married to the lead. Bristowe and Booth were on that track. The two were engaged for three years. But they eventually called it quits.

“After three incredible years, we have decided to go our separate ways,” the pair said in a statement. “This difficult decision comes after thoughtful, respectful consideration. Even though we are parting as a couple, we’re very much committed to remaining friends and we will continue to support each other. Due to the nature of how we met, our relationship has always been very public, and we have enjoyed sharing it with all of you, but we ask that you respect our decision and our privacy at this time.”

Why did they breakup?

In May of 2019, Bristowe revealed the reason that she and Booth broke up. Basically, Booth’s feelings just weren’t as strong as they should have been.

“Just kidding, he left me,” she said on The LadyGang podcast.

“He didn’t know why he couldn’t love me,” she said. “I just think the show was too hard for someone to get over.”

Kaitlyn moves on

Shortly after the breakup, Bristowe began dating Bachelorette alum Jason Tartick, which really upset Booth.

“I’m just trying to figure it all out and sit with my emotions and figure out what I’m feeling,” he said on the Almost Famous podcast when news first broke that Bristowe was in a new relationship. “You know? I think the old Shawn would have ignored everything…But now as I get a little bit older, I’m trying to figure out what hurts, why it hurts, and kind of work through it.”


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For Bristowe, on the other hand, moving on wasn’t quite as hard.

“When I was with Shawn, I knew what I wanted and I knew what I deserved,” she said in an interview with Cosmopolitan. “I also knew I was happy on my own. I think that’s what made the transition out of the relationship into doing my own thing a little easier—I felt empowered. I was nervous to date again only because people follow me, and I didn’t know when it was too soon to share something.

“But I see a therapist and am constantly working on myself. I will actually give a lot of credit to the show for digging deep into who I was and what I’ve been through in relationships and what I want. You just learn a lot about yourself through that process.”