Blake Horstmann's experience on Bachelor in Paradise took a toll on him mentally and physically. One year after the premiere aired in August 2019, the reality TV star shared an update on Instagram, stating that he feels "better than ever" -- but the change didn't happen overnight.
Blake, who will celebrate his 32nd birthday on August 22, explained in his recent post that he gained 20 pounds after leaving the show last year. Not only did he gain weight and lose muscle mass, the Bachelor franchise alum also said he was "severely depressed" and "could barely get out of bed." He turned things around by going to therapy and working out at the gym. His hard work put him in a better place.Blake told his followers that his transformation didn't happen quickly, doing something as simple as taking "a walk around the block." Many of the 611,000 people who follow him responded with positive support for the Bachelor in Paradise star. He took time to respond to many of the comments.
"Favorite male cast member to ever be on! You're a genuine well rounded guy who wants everyone to be happy and has a contagious smile. Thank you for sticking true to yourself!" wrote one Instagram user.
Good for you Blake. I'm glad you are I a better place. I always said people were way too rough on you," wrote another.
"Love this message, be proud of yourself for all your hard work! But mostly - be proud you are happy," another follower commented on his recent post.
After Blake experienced an emotional breakup with Bachelorette star Becca Kufrin that aired in May 2019, he headed to Paradise for another shot at love. Unfortunately, it was all drama and no romance for the Colorado native once word got out that he slept with two contestants — Kristina Shulman and Caelynn Miller-Keyes — before filming started.
Whether production is underway or not, chances are Blake won't get back in front of cameras anytime soon. Last month, he talked with Taylor Nolan on her Let's Talk About It podcast and confirmed that he is in a new relationship. He has yet to make his new girlfriend Instagram official.
"I'm trying to navigate this in a different way and do this differently instead of doing that [..] Because I do go in hard, and either I get scared or she gets scared, so I'm trying to do this one a little bit different," he told Taylor.