New couple alert in Bachelor Nation? Not so fast!
On Valentine’s Day, Bachelor in Paradise alum Chris Bukowski was spotted enjoying dinner in Chicago with The Bachelor‘s Katrina Badowski.
In fact, an onlooker told us it was just the two of them enjoying dinner at Bandit. “There wasn’t any obvious PDA outside of the typical conversation, jokes and laughing,” an eyewitness shared. But before the rumors really start that these two are in a romantic relationship, a source assures us that these two are not dating.
“They’ve hung out before. They get along and really like each other but they’re not a couple,” our source shared with E! News exclusively. “They are friends.”
Besides, it’s only been about two months since news broke that Chris and Katie Morton had called off their engagement after a romantic Bachelor in Paradise proposal.
“We’ve reached a point in our story where we agree it’s best to go our separate ways. We have chosen to love and respect each other as friends because that’s the base of our relationship, and it’s what is most natural for us,” Chris said in an Instagram post. “We are incredibly thankful for the support we’ve received from our family, friends and everyone who supported us throughout our journey—from Paradise to this moment.”
The statement continued, “We are grateful for everything that we’ve learned in this chapter, and are hopeful for what is to come in life and in love for both of us.”
Katie would also address the split during an appearance on iHeartRadio’s Help! I Suck at Dating podcast. “We had some good times when we would see each other, but it was few and far between,” she told co-hosts Dean Unglert and Jared Haibon. “I think it comes down to effort on both ends.”
As for Katrina, fans may recognize her from Peter Weber‘s season of The Bachelor that remains on the air today.
The former NBA dancer made a memorable first impression with Peter after she made a joke about her hairless cat. She was ultimately sent home on the first night.
Over the weekend, she participated in NBA All-Star Weekend by dancing at the big game.
“This weekend I laughed, I cried, and I got another chance to dance,” she wrote on social media. “I’m thankful to the @nba and especially the @chicagobulls organization for putting on a legendary event and having me be a part of it. #MambaMentality #NBAAllStar #NBAAllStar2020 #Chicago.”
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