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‘The Golden Bachelor’s’ Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist announce they are divorcing – NBC Chicago

“The Golden Bachelor” stars Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist have announced their divorce, three months after the couple married in a live televised ceremony.

They revealed the news in an interview broadcast Friday April 12 on ABC News.

“Theresa and I had a number of heart-to-heart conversations, and we took a hard look at our situation, our living situation, etc. and – and we kind of came to the mutual conclusion that it was probably time for us to – dissolve our marriage,” Gerry said in the interview.

“Get a divorce?” asked Juju Chang of ABC News.

“Yes,” Turner replied.

“We’ve received so much love and support from so many people who have watched ‘The Golden Bachelor,’ and I don’t think we can tell you how many people have told us it gives them so much love. hope,” Theresa said. “We don’t want any of this to change for anyone. »

Gerry and Theresa won hearts last fall on the first season of “The Golden Bachelor,” a new “Bachelor” spinoff where older people could find love. Gerry, a 72-year-old man from Indiana, was the series’ first protagonist and cast Theresa, a 70-year-old woman from New Jersey. They had both been married to their respective high school friends who had died of illnesses.

Despite their split, the two said they still love each other.

“I still love that person,” Gerry said. “There is no doubt in my mind, I am still in love with her. I support her every day.

“Yeah, I still love him,” Theresa said.

Fans on social media were quick to react to the news with mixed feelings. While some Gerry and Theresa supporters were shocked, others said they had expected it.

“I think I just broke my eyes from rolling them so hard,” Instagram user @kleski4eva wrote.

“I didn’t think it would happen this quickly,” Instagram user @deborah_fontenelle wrote.

The two tied the knot in a live televised ceremony on ABC called “The Golden Wedding” on January 4.

The wedding included members of their family and some members of the “Golden Bachelor” cast. Gerry’s other favorite on the show, Leslie Fhima, was seen walking the red carpet at the event, and fan favorite Susan Noles officiated the wedding.

ABC later announced that a “Golden Bachelorette” spinoff would air later this year,

The couple said in their April 12 interview that although rumors swirled that they were living separately, that did not play into their decision to divorce.

“Gerry had already discussed it with me,” Theresa said. “He had explained it to me before the report came out, so we were OK with it.”

“We didn’t want to pretend in front of anyone,” she added.

The couple also said they would return their rings.

“I think that’s the rule,” Theresa said.

“But you know what? We don’t need to return the memories,” Gerry said.

This story first appeared on TODAY.com. More from TODAY:

Gerry Turner gets real about what it was like breaking up with 21 different women on “The Golden Bachelor.”

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