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‘Bachelorette’ Host Kaitlyn Bristowe Breaks Down Over Homesickness

Kaitlyn Bristowe arrives to the 2019 E! People's Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar on November 10, 2019
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Like many of us, Bachelorette star Kaitlyn Bristowe gets a little homesick sometimes. The former series contestant turned co-host broke down on Instagram on July 17, tearfully admitting she missed her family.

Bristowe, 36, a Canadian currently living in the US with fiancé, Jason Tartick, confessed in an Instagram Story that she was feeling blue after a FaceTime call. “I have been so emotional the last few days,” she said. “It’s so hard sometimes being away. I haven’t been back to Canada in two years,” she added. With the Canada-US border closed to non-essential travel due to the pandemic, the star has been unable to visit her parents and other family members.

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“I was FaceTiming my dad today, and I’m just feeling so lonely and obviously Jason [Tartick] left and he is having family time,” she explained. With Tartick gone, Bristowe felt isolated: “I was supposed to be there and I couldn’t ‘cause of work stuff and I’m just missing them and I miss the dogs and I’m just having a moment and, uh, I need a show to cheer me up.”

She then shed a few tears about being lonely, asking fans for show recommendations to distract her, as she’d already watched Ted Lasso and that wasn’t doing the trick. She continued to cry, explaining that she missed Tartick’s family as well, pointing out that when she spends too much time apart from Tartick, Bachelor Nation jumps on her for not being seen with him or the dogs they share.

While the “If I’m Being Honest” singer received support from fans, she also quickly explained others were not so sympathetic, calling her out for complaining: “I shouldn’t have even asked for movie recommendations because that forces me to go into my DMs and then I see things like people saying, ‘have some dignity,’ ‘pull it together,’ ‘stop crying,’ ‘privileged problems LOL.’ I’m like, ‘oh yeah, I forgot that’s what I got in my DMs.’”

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Bristowe is known for being extremely transparent with her followers when it comes to her emotions, and after feeling down about the criticism, she posted a photo the next day, writing: “In bed feeling depressed one day, up and feeling like a million bucks the next. Hell of a mind f*ck if you ask me. Just goes to show you never know what tomorrow will bring.”


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Bristowe will likely spend even more time away from Tartick and her family when she joins co-host Tayshia Adams to begin filming Michelle Young’s season of The Bachelorette next week.

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