Moving on for the better. Gabby Windey has learned a thing or two about finding love following her split from ex-fiancé Erich Schwer.
The former couple fell in love on season 19 of The Bachelorette and got engaged during the September 2022 finale. However, the reality stars called it quits less than two months after Schwer’s proposal aired.
Windey, who was competing on season 31 of Dancing With the Stars at the time, addressed the split on an episode of the ballroom competition series in November 2022. “The end of our relationship happened because we weren’t completely in step and in sync with each other in our common goals or just the way we approach life,” the Illinois native told her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, adding that she and her ex simply “weren’t each other’s best match.”
Schwer shared his own two cents on the breakup before moving on with girlfriend Elizabeth Turner in February 2023. “A lot of you are reaching out with questions about me and Gabby. The reality is that we ultimately were not each other’s people — it’s hard when there isn’t one thing to put your finger on,” the New Jersey native wrote via his Instagram Story in November 2022. “We met in a very unique situation and in a very unique way and I’m grateful we did. I would never take it back.”
The former ICU nurse, for her part, formed a flirty friendship with Jersey Shore star Vinny Guadagnino while competing on DWTS. After sparking romance rumors in late 2022, the pair played coy about their status.
“I mean, we’re friends. We were on [Dancing With the Stars] together,” Windey explained on a November 2022 episode of the “Chicks in the Office” podcast. “Apparently both of us just like to kind of stir the pot. Which is, like, funny. But [the rumors] did happen out of nowhere.”
Despite several cheeky social media interactions with the Bachelor alum, Guadagnino confirmed that he and Windey were just friends. “It takes a lot more for me than just, like, a couple of Instagram comments to be dating someone,” the MTV star exclusively told Us Weekly in January 2023.
Referring to their fellow DWTS season 31 competitor Jessie James Decker, he continued: “But I would go on a double date with her and Jessie and her husband. I would actually go to dinner with Gabby. It’s just that we just met, you know what I mean? It’s not like anything serious.”
Two months later, Windey sparked dating rumors with DWTS pro Alan Bersten after posting a photo via her Instagram Story of herself holding hands with a mystery man at dinner. The So You Think You Can Dance alum briefly filled in as Windey’s DWTS partner in October 2022 after Chmerkovskiy tested positive for COVID-19, and the twosome continued to perform together on the DWTS Live 2023 Tour in early 2023.
Bersten even poked fun at their close bond via Instagram in March 2023 by posting a slideshow of his “favorite looks” from the tour. The last pic in the carousel showed him donning one of the Denver Broncos cheerleader’s performance outfits.
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