Former star of The Bachelorette Nayte Olukoya is reportedly not dating fellow Bachelor Nation alum Deandra Kanu, after speculation that the two were a couple following Nayte’s split with Michelle Young. Nayte received Michelle’s final rose during The Bachelorette season 18 finale, and the two became engaged following Michelle’s breakup with runner-up Brandon Jones. Nayte and Michelle had a special connection since night one, where he received her first impression rose. Unfortunately the couple’s honeymoon phase did not last long, and they announced their split in June 2022 after being engaged for less than a year.
Shortly after Michelle and Nayte split, rumors began to circulate that he had moved on from Michelle with Bachelor in Paradise alum Deandra. Nayte and Deandra had been pictured together with other Bachelor Nation alum on several occasions, with some fans even noticing that Deandra seemed to have been wearing Nayte’s necklace in one of the photos. Michelle later admitted that the split with Nayte was unexpected, which indicated that Nayte has ultimately been the one to call things off. Michelle also blocked Nayte on Instagram and took down all of their old photos, which only lead to more speculation about Nayte and Deandra being an item.
According to Us Weekly, Nayte and Deandra are reportedly only friends with no romantic sparks between them. While Deandra did wear Nayte’s necklace, it was supposedly nothing more than a friendly gesture while friends were hanging out. After splitting from Michelle, Nayte reportedly plans to stay single for quite some time and is not looking to get into any sort of serious relationship anytime soon. Nayte is happy being single, and Deandra has also refuted claims that the two were connected as anything more than friends.
Nayte’s love life is not the only change he’s made recently, as he has also made a big move to Los Angeles from Texas. When Nayte was engaged to Michelle, he had planned to move to Minnesota, where Michelle grew up, to start their life together. However, amid the breakup Nayte made a change of plans and chose to instead relocate to California. Nayte also remains roommates and close friends with Rodney Matthews, who placed fourth on Michelle’s season.
Although things did not work out for Bachelorette couple Nayte and Michelle, Nayte still remains close with many of the men from the season. In a recent hangout, Nayte was pictured with Brandon, Rodney and Martin Gelbspan, who was one of the villains of Michelle’s season of The Bachelorette. Bachelor Nation alums are always known to remain close and hang out with one another regularly, which could explain why Nayte and Deandra have been so easily linked to one another. As for now, it seems that Nayte will be taking a break from love for some time.