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“Golden Bachelor” Couple Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist Call It Quits

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In a surprising turn of events, the “Golden Bachelor” couple, Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist, have announced their divorce just three months after their lavish televised wedding. The news has left fans shocked, as the couple seemed to be deeply in love and inspired many singles in their 70s looking for love.

In a joint interview on “Good Morning America,” Turner and Nist shared their decision to part ways. “We’ve had a number of heart-to-heart conversations, and we’ve looked closely at our situation, our living situation, and so forth, Turner said. “We’ve kind of come to the conclusion mutually that it’s probably time for us to dissolve our marriage.”

Nist added, “We have received so much love and support from so many people who watched ‘The Golden Bachelor.’ We don’t want that to change. Don’t give up. Stay in it. Stay hopeful. ‘Cause we are.”

The couple’s relationship had been troubled by distance, with Turner living in his lake house in Indiana and Nist residing in New Jersey. They had initially planned to move in together, even considering a move to South Carolina, but those plans never materialized.

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A Short-Lived Romance

Turner and Nist’s romance began on the first season of “The Golden Bachelor,” a spinoff of “The Bachelor” featuring senior citizens. Turner, a 72-year-old widower, and Nist, a 70-year-old widow, both lost their spouses after long marriages. They connected on the show and fell in love, with Turner proposing to Nist in the season finale.

Their wedding, aired as a live special called “The Golden Wedding,” took place on January 4, 2024, and was officiated by fan-favorite contestant Susan Noles. The ceremony was attended by a sea of “Bachelor Nation” stars and included members of their families.

Despite their initial connection and the hope they inspired, Turner and Nist’s relationship ultimately couldn’t withstand the challenges of merging their lives. In their interview, they admitted that their dedication to their respective families and the difficulty of relocating at their age played a significant role in their decision to divorce.

Both Turner and Nist insisted that they still loved each other, and the decision to divorce was not due to a lack of love. “I still love this person. There’s no doubt in my mind, I still am in love with her,” Turner said. Nist added, “I still love him.”

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A Lesson in Love

Despite the short-lived nature of their marriage, Turner and Nist’s story has touched many. It has highlighted the challenges of finding love later in life and the importance of embracing new beginnings. While their relationship didn’t stand the test of time, they have encouraged others to continue searching for love and not to give up.

The couple’s split is a reminder that reality TV romances don’t always translate into lasting love. Turner and Nist’s relationship, though genuine, faced the same challenges as any other, and ultimately, they couldn’t make it work.


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