Why Nayte Olukoya Broke His ‘Bachelorette’ Engagement to Michelle Young Over the Phone?

Nayte Olukoya is spilling the beans. The 27-year-old ex-Bachelorette star explained his lack of a face-to-face breakup with Michelle Young. On the podcast The Viall Files which aired on Thursday he revealed to Nick Viall that he had ended his relationship with her by phone. “You don’t want to break up with someone especially your fiancée, over the phone.”

He continued, “It was her birthday weekend. We’re all here in L.A. because her and I got invited to this Wango Tango event. At the beginning of the weekend, things were kind of rocky. It got even more rocky. A Wango Tango occurred. Her and I got into an argument right before doing all those press interviews and whatnot.”

Olukoya elaborated that he and Young, 29, had additional discussions after breaking up. “Long story short, the weekend was not a good weekend,” he remarked. “Her and I are up late having very deep conversations.”

He added, “I think the day before I was having very deep conversations with her friends too because her friends weren’t having a good time either. It was just a bad weekend for everybody.”

Olukoya said there was a clear “buildup” to a split: “The last day in L.A., the conversation was kind of heading already towards a breakup. It wasn’t our first time having breakup conversations. It was probably our third time having a breakup conversation.”

Olukoya added more context to the breakdown of their relationship, saying that they had been talking about ending things in January, not long after their engagement was publicized on television. Despite this, they remained together for months, with Olukoya ultimately deciding against moving to Minnesota with Young in March “because of the conversation that I had with her in early January.”

“Our relationship was tough,” he admitted. “There were lots of ups and downs, lots of arguments, lots of fights, just not really clicking, not really seeing eye to eye.”

In June, news of Young and Olukoya’s broken engagement became public. Young said that she had been caught off guard by the breakup. “I will say that this is not something that I foresaw and I’ll leave it there,” Young remarked to Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti on their podcast, The Ben and Ashley I Almost Famous Podcast.

Soon after they got engaged in December, Young told PEOPLE what about Olukoya had first piqued her interest. “Nayte and I always had an undeniable connection,” Young said. “I thought, ‘I’m in trouble!’ But even when I was falling in love, I wanted to make sure it wasn’t infatuation.”

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