Golden Bachelor’s Theresa Says She’s Found “Joy” Amid Gerry Divorce

The Golden bride is moving on.

'The Golden Bachelor' star Theresa Nist.
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The Golden Bachelor’s Theresa Nist is moving on after her separation from Gerry Turner. The couple announced their split on April 12, just a few months after tying the knot at their Golden Wedding. Now Nist is keeping fans updated on her life post-breakup, revealing that she’s found solace in a creative hobby.

On April 23, the reality star wrote in an Instagram post that “gardening has been a constant source of joy in my life,” along with a gallery of garden photos.

“It feeds my body, mind, and soul. It does you a world of good,” she continued. “You’re out in fresh air and sunshine (or clouds and rain) and your hands are in dirt (wear gloves!). You’re getting plenty of exercise, pushing a wheelbarrow, pulling weeds, pulling the hose to water everything and walking everywhere.”

Nist also described gardening as “meditative and energizing all at once,” adding, “You’re nourishing the soil and nurturing plants to grow to their best ability. ... My daughter and I highly recommend it to everyone!”

The update comes after she and Turner announced they’d be divorcing after three months of marriage. The couple met during the first-ever season of The Golden Bachelor and got engaged in the show’s November 2023 finale.

Theresa and Gerry on The Golden Bachelor.Disney/John Fleenor

Confirming their split in a joint Good Morning America interview, Turner explained that they’d had a “number of heart-to-heart conversations” before deciding to separate. “We’ve looked closely at our situation, our living situation,” he shared. “We’ve kind of come to the conclusion mutually that it’s probably time for us to dissolve our marriage.”

Nist later posted an emotional letter to fans on Instagram, thanking them for their support. Along with an image of a Dr. Seuss quote (“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”), she wrote, “You are all such wonderful human beings. ... It means the world to me that you took the time to reach out.”

Meanwhile, the couple’s Golden Bachelor co-stars, including runner-up Faith Martin, quickly reacted to news of their divorce.

“I wish them both all the happiness in the world, and I’m sure this was a traumatic thing to go through for both of them, so my heart goes out to them,” Martin said in an interview with People. “I’m sure everything will really be okay in the long run, and someday they’ll look back and just smile, hopefully.”