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'Bachelorette' alum Shawn Booth speaks out after 'painful' split

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Annie Martin

Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The Bachelorette alum Shawn Booth is addressing his "painful" split from fiancée Kaitlyn Bristowe.

The 31-year-old television personality thanked fans for their support in an Instagram post Monday after ending his engagement to the Season 11 star this month.

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Booth shared a throwback photo of himself and Bristowe surrounded by fans during an appearance in Times Square in New York.

"I just want to thank everyone who has been so supportive of my relationship with Kaitlyn over the years. You've made me feel incredibly special, supported, and very loved. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you," the star wrote. "It truly means a lot."

"And thank you to everyone who has sent their love & support during this painful time," he added, referencing the split. "I love you guys."

Booth and Bristowe announced their split Nov. 2 in a statement to Entertainment Tonight.

"After three incredible years, we have decided to go our separate ways. This difficult decision comes after thoughtful, respectful consideration," the pair said.

"Even though we are parting as a couple, we're very much committed to remaining friends," they added. "We have both evolved as people, which is taking us in different directions, but with the hope that we will continue to support each other in new ways."

Booth and Bristowe met and got engaged during The Bachelorette Season 11. Bristowe asked for fan support in an Instagram post Friday while promoting Covenant House Vancouver, a non-profit organization helping street youth.

"You guys blew me away the last couple of years with your support. Makes me want to cry. Call me selfish.. But If you help me, help others, it would put a huge smile on my face in somewhat of a challenging time," she wrote.

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V IMPORTANT 💕 I always say social media is a blessing and a curse. This is why it’s a blessing. On Nov 15th, I will sleep outside for one night, with a piece of cardboard and a sleeping bag, to raise money and awareness for homeless youth and @covenanthousebc . I am not pretending that sleeping outside for one night, with a warm coat, in any way compares to what real homelessness is like; but it does provide a glimpse into the harshness of sleeping outside in November, and we will be taking a small step towards a greater understanding. You guys blew me away the last couple of years with your support. Makes me want to cry. Call me selfish.. But If you help me, help others, it would put a huge smile on my face in somewhat of a challenging time. If you want to donate to our personal page (@cliodelallave will be joining me)... Even if everyone who sees this, donates $1, it would cover my goal of $15,000.00 Link will be in my bio. I will be going on Instagram live tomorrow at noon PT to thank some of you for your donations and talk to you that way. ❤️❤️ Thank you guys for always helping. #chsleepout

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