Sorry, guys, but their whirlwind relationship has come to an end! Yep, on Thursday, June 18, Josh Richards and Nessa Barrett revealed that they had broken up in an emotional YouTube video, and told fans that they “are still friends.”
For those who don’t know, fans first speculated that the TikTok stars were dating back in October 2019, but they didn’t confirm their relationship until January 2020. Now, according to the six-minute video titled “We Broke Up,” the influencers explained that they needed to “mature” and “grow as people” before being in such a serious relationship. As for why they decided to give fans such an in-depth look at their breakup, well, Josh explained it was because the last thing he wanted was “lies or rumors being spread” about the split.
“There comes a point in relationships where you realize maybe it isn’t best to be together. We realized that we needed to mature and we needed to grow as people. We were in a very serious relationship but we weren’t ready for as serious as it was,” he explained to viewers.
Nessa added, “We’re just drifting apart so we can focus on ourselves.”
Both teens said they mutually decided “it would be better for us right now, where we are, to not be together.”
Then, Nessa got real about her “destroyed” mental health and said she wanted to focus on bettering herself after encountering “a lot of hate” on social media.
After their breakup video hit the internet, both Josh and Nessa spoke to People Magazine about the decision to go their separate ways.
“Nessa is a person that will always have a place in my heart. We have learned so much from each other,” Josh told the publication. Nessa agreed and said, “Josh and I are both very saddened by the breakup, but we’ll always be there to support each other in our personal endeavors and wish nothing but love and joy for one another.”
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