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'Bachelorette' Katie Thurston breaks up with fiance Blake Moynes

Blake Moynes and Katie Thurston in happier times

Blake Moynes and Katie Thurston in happier times during Season 17 of "The Bachelorette."   Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin

Katie Thurston and Blake Moynes, who became engaged on the season 17 finale of "The Bachelorette" earlier this year, have broken up.

Thurston, 30, and Moynes, 31, each posted an identical message Monday on their respective Instagram accounts: "It is with mutual love and respect that we have decided to go our separate ways. We are so grateful for the moments we shared together and the entire journey that has unfolded this year, but we ultimately have concluded that we are not compatible as life partners, and it is the most caring choice for both of us to move forward independently. We ask for kindness and privacy as we both navigate this transition. Both of us will forever want the best for one another and ask you to please support us in our decision."

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