Susan Noles & Kathy Swarts Share Why Gerry and Theresa Split

Susan Noles, who officiated Gerry and Theresa’s wedding, explains what she thinks caused the split.

The Golden Bachelor contestant responded to a fan’s inquisitive comment on the Instagram account for the “Golden Hour” podcast she co-hosts with Kathy Swarts.

“Why did they break up so quick?” a Bachelor fan asked.

To which Susan simply replied: “Neither one of them can leave their family.”

“They have their reasons, I’m sure,” Susan said on the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast. “So be supportive everybody. Stay positive, and we wish them all the best.”

“We just watched it on TV. It is sad, it is tragic,” Kathy Swarts added. Please people be kind. These are our friends. The love didn’t work out, but they’re great people. And our hearts are breaking for them.”

Gerry and Theresa appeared on Good Morning America to announce their separation 3 months after getting married.

“Theresa and I have had a number of heart-to-heart conversations, and we’ve looked closely at our situation, our living situation, so forth and — and we’ve kind of come to the conclusion mutually that it’s probably time for us to — dissolve our marriage,” Gerry said in an interview for “Good Morning America.”

“The thing that strikes me the most in our conversations is how dedicated both of us are to our families. So we look at these situations, and I think we just feel like it’s best for the happiness of each of us to live apart,” said Gerry.

“We have received so much love and support from so many people who watched ‘The Golden Bachelor,’ and I don’t think we can tell you how many people told us that it gave them so much hope,” Theresa continued. “We want none of that to change for anybody.”

Theresa said the couple never could agree upon where to live, never bought a house together and ultimately decided “it’s best for the happiness of each of us to, to live apart.”

”We looked at home after home, but we never got to the point where we made that decision,” she added.

“The thing that strikes me the most in our conversations, it’s been how dedicated both of us are to our families,” Gerry said. “So we look at these conversation and we both think it’s best for the happiness of each of us to live apart.”

The couple, who were all smiles added that they still love each other.

“I still love this person. There’s no doubt in my mind, I still am in love with her. I root for her every day,” Gerry said, pointing to Theresa who replied, “I still love him.” 

Gerry and Theresa tied the knot in a broadcast wedding on January 4 in the presence of their kids and grandchildren.

Theresa added that she hoped their quick divorce would not discourage viewers who had been inspired by the couple. “We say, ‘Don’t give up,’” she said. “We say, ‘Stay in it, stay hopeful, because we are.’”