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‘Golden Bachelor’ Bombshell! Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist Divorce After 3 Months of Marriage

“We have come to the mutual conclusion that it is probably time for us to terminate our marriage,” Turner said in a joint interview with Nist

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Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist are splitting up.

This Golden Knight stars announced on Friday, April 12, that they were divorcing, just three months after they tied the knot in a lavish television wedding.

“Theresa and I had a lot of honest conversations, looked at our situation, our living arrangements, etc., and we came to the mutual conclusion that it was probably time for us to terminate our marriage,” Turner, 74, said in a joint interview with Nist, 70, that aired on Good morning America.

The former couple admitted they were very nervous about how viewers of the popular ABC channel would react to the news, knowing that their relationship has become an inspiration to many singles over 70 who are looking for love.

“We have received a lot of love and support from many people who watch Gold bachelor and I don’t think we can tell you how many people have told us it gave them so much hope,” Nist said. “We don’t want anything to change for anyone.”

“Don’t give up,” she added. “Keep at it. Keep hoping. Because we are.”

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Asked what went wrong, the couple said distance was an issue, despite earlier assurances that they were “100% committed to making it work.” He lives at his lakeside home in Indiana, while she lives in New Jersey.

They planned to move in together, Nist said, explaining that Turner was considering moving to New Jersey and that they were both looking at houses in South Carolina. “We looked at house after house, but we never got to the point where we made that decision,” she said.

“The thing that strikes me most about our conversations is how committed we both are to our families,” Turner shared. “So we look at those conversations and we both think it’s best for each other’s happiness to live separately.”

Both insisted they still loved each other and that the reality of being in the spotlight — and the reports of Turner’s dating past — had nothing to do with their split. They both did their part GMA holding hands in an interview with ABC News, they told Juju Chang that they were “best friends” and planned to remain in each other’s lives.

“I still love that person. There’s no doubt in my mind, I’m still in love with that person. I root for that person every single day,” Turner said, pointing to Nist, who blurted out, “I still love him.”

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Even when Nist admitted she would give back the ring she was still wearing, Turner sweetly said, “But you know what, we don’t have to give up the memories.”

When it comes to finding love again, Turner and Nist agreed they plan to take that journey. “And we tell everyone else to keep looking for love,” Nist said.

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Turner gave Nist his final rose in the season finale Golden Knight November 30, 2023 The series follows a father of two (and grandfather of two) on his journey to find love after the death of his wife Toni.

Nist accepted the coveted flower—and her 3.15-carat princess-cut diamond engagement ring by Neil Lane—but only after she said yes to Turner’s hand, when he got down on one knee and proposed. Before accepting the ring, she poured out her heart to Turner.

“I know sometimes the whole world thinks love is only for the young, and honestly, at 70 I was starting to feel that way myself,” she said. “I am so madly in love with you, Gerry, and I feel like life is not over for us, the best is yet to come.”

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Turner and Nist said “I do” on Jan. 4 in a televised special from the La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, Calif. The ceremony was officiated by fan favorite Susan Noles and was attended by a sea of Bachelor degree Featuring country stars Wells Adams, Ben Higgins, Jason and Molly Mesnick, Desiree and Chris Siegfried, and Trista and Ryan Sutter.

“I promise to choose you every day as the one I love, and to never take your heart for granted,” Turner told Nist in his vows. “I promise to shout ‘I love you’ during the day and whisper it softly at night. I promise to protect you. And I promise to make you feel comforted in the hard times and so joyful in the good times.”

“I love you,” Nist said. “I love your heart and your soul. I love your smile and your laugh. We have so much fun together that we laugh until we cry. … I promise to be calm in the storm, to comfort you when you’re sad, to laugh with you when you’re happy, and to hold you through it all, but most of all to have fun. For the rest of the days we have left on this earth, and it could be just another hour.”

PEOPLE has reached out to Turner and Nist for comment. No divorce papers have been filed yet, but the couple did have a prenuptial agreement, according to GMA-Group of Machinery Manufacturers.

Good morning America airs weekdays (beginning at 7 a.m. ET) on ABC. More of Chang’s interview with Tuner and Nist will air on Night line (check local offers).

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