The Bachelor couple Jimmy Nicholson and Holly Kingston have broken their silence after they were forced to put down their new pet kitten Gus last week. The pair welcomed Gus into their Bondi home just two months ago, but the cat soon developed health problems and they had to put it out of its misery.

‘Obviously we’ve had a little bit of a hiatus after losing our little Gussy. It’s been a pretty full-on week but we’ve spent the last few days just lifting each other up.’ Gus was euthanised a week ago after a series of ‘tragic medical complications’.

Jimmy, 32, and Holly, 27, took to Instagram on Tuesday to thank their followers for their support. ‘We wanted to just jump on here and say a massive thank you to everyone for all of your support over the last week,’ Holly began.

‘We realise that a lot of people have gone through similar things lately and that’s really sad,’ Jimmy said, adding that they were in a ‘much better place’ now. He concluded: ‘We’re back, ready to get on with our lives and we’ll always miss our little Gussy.’

The reality TV lovebirds had welcomed Gus into their family in June, and for several weeks shared regular updates about the kitten on Instagram. At about this time, Jimmy and Holly sent their Border Collie Billie to live with his parents, who own a bigger home nearby.

Last week the couple issued a joint statement confirming Gus had been put down, adding: ‘[He] was our little ray of sunshine and filled our home with so much love.’ The pair said they would be taking a break from social media for a while as ‘we’d like to continue to grieve together and return when the time is right’.

‘It wouldn’t be fair to keep Billie in our little apartment. She now gets walked every morning and has plenty of room,’ he said at the time.

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