'Bachelor in Paradise' alum Kendall Long moving overseas with new boyfriend after refusing to move to Chicago for ex Joe Amabile
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/02/2022
Bachelor in Paradise alum Kendall Long has apparently had a change of heart about moving away from her family for love and no longer views leaving Los Angeles as a "dealbreaker" in her relationships.
Kendall has announced she's moving to Germany with her new boyfriend Mitchell "Mitch" Sagely after repeatedly refusing to even give Chicago a chance for her ex Joe Amabile, resulting in the former Bachelor in Paradise couple splitting up.
The Bachelor 20 alum Haley Ferguson also wrote, "Omgsh!! How exciting! Welcome to Europe! It's the BEST."
Kendall, who appeared on Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season of The Bachelor followed by multiple seasons of Bachelor in Paradise, and Mitch, an aerospace engineer, met through mutual friends in December 2021 and then Mitch asked Kendall to be his official girlfriend on Valentine's Day in February 2022.
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During a May appearance on Us Weekly's "Here for the Right Reasons" podcast, Kendall admitted she used to be a commitment-phobe but appearing on The Bachelor franchise taught her a lot about "wanting marriage."
Kendall and Joe attempted to remain friends after calling it quits, but Kendall previously explained their breakup was difficult for her because they never fell out of love; it was logistics that broke them apart.
Kendall said she wanted to continue living in Los Angeles, CA, where her family and friends are, but Joe hoped to move back to his hometown of Chicago, IL, to be near his loved ones.
"What happened was we broke up, we fought... we had our differences... but then I came back to [Los Angeles] four months after and I was pushing to have that conversation," Joe recalled on Bachelor in Paradise last summer.
"You were pushing to have me move to Chicago," Kendall argued with Joe.
"I was pushing to have you try -- yeah," Joe clarified, "to come move to the city where I grew up in, where my friends and family are. I think if you just would've tried, we could've figured something out."
Kendall said things probably would've ended the same way regardless because she had made it clear from the start of their relationship that moving away from her hometown was "a dealbreaker" for her.
"I wasn't going to change my mind and I think you were hoping I would," Kendall said on the show last year.
"Your thing was that you didn't want to move anywhere for a man... I should've been more than just 'a man' at that point, and we could've tried it," Joe pointed out.
Once Kendall and Joe worked through a "messy" reunion and found the closure they needed, Joe pursued a relationship with Serena Pitt on Bachelor in Paradise.
"If she really wanted me back," Joe said of Kendall on Bachelor in Paradise, "she should have told me before I got here and before I started this. Because I really, really loved her."
Kendall ultimately decided to leave the show because she said it was too difficult to watch Joe with Serena and her feelings for Joe registered as painful realizations that she wasn't over him. She didn't want to sacrifice her mental and emotional well-being to stay on the show.