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Never doubt the power of a second impression.
The season 17 Bachelorette caused quite the social media stir when—just one month after ending her engagement to Blake Moynes—she revealed she was dating John, who she sent home in week two of her season.
Both living in San Diego, the pair formed a friendship with a source telling E! News, "Katie and John were mutually in the friend zone for months" but her split from Blake changed "a lot."
"It's been wild but exciting for those closest to them to witness," the source continued. "It's clear Katie has never been happier."
After rumors of cheating began to run rampant online, John posted a letter on Reddit denying allegations that Katie had been unfaithful to Blake.
According to John, he and Katie "developed an incredible and deep friendship over the last half-year or so," adding that their bond was "ALWAYS platonic."
"The boundaries of our friendship with respect to her ongoing relationship never even required addressing, because it was never a thought in our minds that we would ever be anything more," the reality TV star explained. "You guys—she was engaged. It is apparent that many of you misjudge how both her and I view that commitment. Neither Katie nor I would ever cheat, push someone to cheat, or be involved in cheating. It is not in our nature. It is not acceptable. It is not okay."
Katie and John split in June 2022.