- On the season finale of FOX's Labor of Love, Kristy Katzmann chose Kyle Klinger as the winner, in the hope of starting a family with him.
- In an interview with Men's Health, Kristy revealed whether she and Kyle are still together.
- She also gave updates on her journey toward having a baby.
On FOX's new reality show Labor of Love , Kristy Katzmann , 41, dated a pool of 15 guys in the hope of finding a partner in her journey toward motherhood. Much like the actual birthing process, the first season was a rollercoaster ride of joy, pain, and abdominal cramps (because obviously there was an episode where the men were hooked up to machines that simulated labor pain).
At the end of Thursday's big finale, Kristy chose Air Force veteran Kyle Klinger , 38, as her winner. In a new interview with Men's Health, the Labor of Love star reflected on her decision and gave updates on whether the couple is still together.
Before we get to their current relationship status, let's talk about that emotional final episode. After narrowing down the pool to finalists Kyle and Stewart Gill , Kristy had a difficult choice to make: She could choose Kyle; she could choose Stewart; or she could choose no one, and pursue motherhood on her ownbecause Labor of Love turned out to be way more enlightened than we initially expected, TBH.
"I always knew going in that I would pursue motherhood no matter what," Kristy said. "So maybe that gave me some reassurance and allowed me to just be totally open and vulnerable."
After her final dates with Stewart and Kyle in her hometown of Chicago, Kristy decided it was time to break things off with Stewart. (He cried. It was sad. We love you, Stewart.)
"I think Stuart and I on paper make so much sense, but ... something about the relationship just didn't feel right," Kristy said. "It didn't feel real to me. It didn't feel like it was really about us, and that maybe didn't play out in the show, but that kept holding me back."
Stewart had been an early front-runner in the seasonunlike Kyle, who somehow managed to stay in the background despite being 6'8".
"I really, in a lot of ways, knew him the least, but the experience I had with him on the show was positive, and he showed himself to be supportive and understanding," Kristy said. "He was maybe different than someone I had dated in the past, but I still saw the possibilities there."
After ending things with Stewart, Kristy took Kyle into an old-timey trolley and told him he was the winner. They kissed, and the season ended with serious happily-ever-after vibes.
Now for the question on everyone's mind:
Are Kristy and Kyle still together?
Sadly, Kristy and Kyle have gone their separate ways. The couple dated for a few months after filming, but eventually they broke up. Like many a beloved reality TV couple , Kristy and Kyle's bond didn't survive the transition from on-camera to real life. And with the whirlwind of a filming process, who can blame them?
"I really had like two dates with these men," Kristy pointed out. "That's not a lot of time to get to know someone."
After the show, "you kind of get into your real life, and things can be different" Kristy said. "And I think for us, it's really just simpleit's nothing unusual. I just think at the end of the day, I realized pretty quickly that we just weren't compatible. We kind of had different lifestyles, and we're on different timelines. Those are some issues that did come up on the show, but obviously I saw enough things to counter that, that I wanted to take the chance. And that's just how it turned out."
Where is Kristy now?
True to her mission from the outset to become a mother, Kristy moved forward independently with her IVF process. In February, she went through an embryo transfer that was ultimately unsuccessful, "which was very upsetting at the time," she said. Then, as she geared up to try again, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the entire process was put on pause.
Now for the good news: Kristy expects she'll be able to resume the IVF process in August.
"I would've loved to be pregnant when this aired, and unfortunately there are things that happened this year that none of us saw coming," she said. (An understatement when it comes to 2020, honestly.) "But I'm really excited that I'm in the place where I get to actually pick that up again."
On top of pursuing her dream of becoming a mom, Kristy's still hopeful about finding a romantic partnerand no, it didn't cross her mind to reach out to any of the eliminated Labor of Love contestants. (Listen, we had to ask on Stewart's behalf.)
"I'm not really a looking back kind of girl, you know?" she said. "I'd rather look forward to the future and know that, hey, yes, I still want love. I know the right person is out there for me. Eventually we're going to find each other, and I can't wait to see what it actually looks like."