Hunter Thanks Bachelor Nation for Their Support After Sharing Emotional Family History with Katie Thurston
Hunter Montgomery took to Instagram on Thursday to thank Bachelor Nation for all the support he’s received after sharing his emotional family history with Katie Thurston on Monday night’s episode of “The Bachelorette.”
During a group date hosted by Nick Viall, Hunter told Katie that his actions were to blame for the dissolution of his previous marriage. The single dad then tearfully explained how the divorce impacted his two children.
“Thank you all for the love, support, messages, and encouragement regarding my vulnerability on the show,” he wrote. “Trauma and hardships are difficult to open up about — but when you speak about your experiences, you have the chance to help others with similar situations. We are all in this together. TALK IT OUT.”
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“I knew that was a conversation I was going to have to have with Katie,” he told Tayshia Adams and guest co-hosts Mike Johnson and Bibiana Julian. “We’re on a show that’s focused on marriage, and we were talking about red flags and marriage. Divorce is obviously a pretty big one, so I knew that was something I was going to talk to her about.”
Hunter said that he was grateful for the opportunity to open up to Katie.
“I didn’t look at this as a bad thing necessarily,” he noted. “I looked at this as an opportunity for a free one-on-one. Normally, to have a conversation and to have her attention for 20 minutes straight, you’ve got to have a one-on-one. So, I looked at this as, I’m gonna eliminate everybody else in the room and I’m going to talk to Katie the way I would’ve talked to her on our one-on-one because the discussion I had with her is the same one I would’ve had on a one-on-one. It’s just Nick and the guys were around.”
The handsome Texas native continued, “If I were in her shoes and there was a guy who was a single dad or who was divorced, that’s the first thing I’d want to know. So, I tried to put myself in her shoes as much as I could.”
Although it was difficult to discuss his divorce, Hunter believes vulnerability and honesty is crucial for the progression of romantic relationships.
“I’m really used to wearing my heart on my sleeve and telling my story without holding anything back because the only way that you can really affect people is if you’re having those real conversations and you’re being vulnerable,” he said. “And I think that’s what we need more of, is people to just come out of their shell because everybody’s going through something.”
Hunter added, “Everybody’s going through a battle and hearing other people who have come through that battle and have come out on the other side, I think that’s what people need to hear.”
“The Bachelorette” airs Mondays on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.