While he was talking to his mom, Nayte received a call from Michelle, who lives in Minnesota. Nayte said he thought she was back at home but that she was still at the airport—which “just kind of makes the story even worse.” He said she then brought up them not attending CMA Fest the following week.
“She’s like, ‘Hey, if we’re not doing CMAs next week we have to give them a reason why,'” Nayte noted. “And I just blurted out, like, ‘We’re not doing CMAs because I can’t be with you anymore.’
He added, “So yeah, I broke up with her over the phone, which is a dick move.”
Nayte and Michelle announced their breakup on Instagram later that month. In a July episode of Off the Vine With Kaitlyn Bristoweformer Bachelorette and host of Michelle’s season Kaitlyn Bristowe said Michelle was “blindsided” by the split.
So how does Nayte feel about the allegation that he broke up with Michelle without warning? “I can’t tell somebody how to feel,” the former contestant, who has denied cheating rumors, told Nick. “So if Michelle felt blindsided, I can’t take that away from her. But I know the reality of it is that this wasn’t our first time talking about a breakup.”
Aside from her joint split statement with Nayte, Michelle hasn’t said too much about the breakup. However, she suggested on a July episode of The Ben and Ashley I. Almost Famous podcast that it was not something she had predicted.
“Where I’m struggling with this piece is it’s like you never know how much to say, you never know how to handle it, you never know how it’s going to be taken,” the former teacher said. “But I will say that this is not something that I foresaw, and I’ll leave it there.”
AND! News has reached out to Michelle for comment.