Former Bachelorette contestant Blake Moynes is hospitalized in Africa for an unspecified infection, and his mom Emily Moynes is asking for prayers for his recovery.
“I just got a call from Blake,” Emily posted on her Instagram Story on January 30, 2023. “[He’s been] in Africa for about a month and he doesn’t have cell service. But four days ago, he called and said he had a really bad infection that had been treated.”
Emily told Us Weekly that her son, who is a professional wildlife manager, is in Africa “fighting the poachers, saving the rhinos and elephants and doing what he absolutely loves. He is so passionate about that sort of stuff.”
Blake’s mom got emotional as she recalled getting the call from her son, adding, “I am starting to freak out — he just got out of surgery.” She asked her son’s fans to “say a prayer” for him to regain his health.
“It doesn’t matter how old your kids are — the worry never stops,” Emily stated. ”We could use some prayers for Blake.”
There has been no word on social media from Blake about his health status. His last online posts included a video of him with his dog and sponsored content.
Bachelor Nation will remember Blake from Season 16 of The Bachelorette, when he competed for Tayshia Adams’ heart. He was eliminated in week 9. He took another chance at finding love when he was a late arrival (week 5) for Katie Thurston’s season a year later. Blake and Katie ended the season engaged. But as so many Bachelor franchise couples do, ended their relationship just a couple of months later.
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At the time of their breakup, Katie and Blake posted identical announcements on Instagram. “It is with mutual love and respect that we have decided to go our separate ways . . . it is the most caring choice for both of us to move forward independently,” the former couple wrote in October 2021. “We ask for kindness and privacy as we both navigate this transition. Both of us will forever want the best for one another and ask you to please support us in our decision.”
Only a month after the split, Blake seemed surprise by the news that the Bachelorette star had already begun dating John Hersey. He was originally sent home during week 2 of her season. The Canadian native suspected that his ex and John had been in contact prior to the breakup. Blake raised questions of “emotional cheating” on her part.
“I really don’t think there was any physical cheating there,” Blake said in November 2021, “but there [was] clearly emotional [cheating] for it to transition as quickly as it did. I feel stupid and foolish for allowing it to happen, to some degree.”
Katie and John also ended their relationship in June 2022. Meanwhile, Blake dropped hints that he would be open to returning to the Bachelor franchise to find love.
“Duh, Paradise! Count it down! Can’t wait to get on that beach, get back into it,” he teased on his Instagram in March 2022. “Probably not [but] never say never.”
I think Blake would be great on Bachelor in Paradise. I’m surprised he hasn’t been there already. I’d love to see him on the beach in Sayulita. Who doesn’t love a guy who loves animals so much he flies to Africa to fight for them?
Get better soon, Blake. Paradise is waiting for you!
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