Heavy/ABC “The Golden Bachelor” star Theresa Nist spoke about her late husband.

Theresa Nist is one of Gerry Turner’s final two ladies on the debut season of The Golden Bachelor. On her first one-on-one date with Turner, Nist talked about her late husband, William “Billy” Nist. Her touching story resonated with both Turner and viewers, and a recent social media post also touched fans.

Here’s what you need to know:

Nist noted that her husband had died 9 years ago

On November 11, Nist shared a series of photos on her Instagram page. The Golden Bachelor star also added a caption, opening up about her marriage to her late husband.

“Billy and I met when I was 14 and he was 16. We married when we were 18 and 20,” Nist wrote.

She continued: “He was stationed in Berlin during the Vietnam War. I took my first plane trip and we lived there for almost a year.” Nist also noted that she realized both then and now that it was a “once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

“The Golden Bachelor” star shared the post on Veterans Day, a conscious decision on her part. “I remember my late husband and all the veterans who served our country so that we could be free, not to do what we want, but to do what is right,” Nist wrote.

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Nist also noted that November 11th was the anniversary of her husband’s death. Her high school sweetheart and her husband of 42 years had been dating exactly nine years to the day.

Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist agree on the loss of their spouses

All of the photos Nist shared in her tribute Instagram post show her with her husband in the early years of their relationship. At least one picture was from the time they were in Germany.

Additionally, two of the snaps in Nist’s post were from the couple’s wedding. The couple’s daughter, Jen, also posted tributes to her late father on her Instagram page.

On episode 2 of “The Golden Bachelor,” Nist opened up to Turner about her late husband during a one-on-one date. “Ultimately his kidneys weren’t doing well. And Billy was always hoping for a kidney transplant,” Nist explained of her high school friend.

She continued: “But one day when I was at work he suddenly felt worse. And I ran home and watched him take his last breath.”

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Turner became emotional as she listened to Nist talk about her late husband. As viewers of The Golden Bachelor learned, the loss Turner suffered with his late wife and high school sweetheart was similar in many ways.

Nist’s love story touched “The Golden Bachelor” fans

In her introductory video clip shared on Instagram ahead of The Golden Bachelor premiere, Nist said, “I don’t want to be alone anymore. I want to be in love again!” She also shared, “It’s not the end of your life, there’s still so much to do.”

Nist’s tribute to her late husband was well received by friends and “The Golden Bachelor” fans.

“This picture is worth a million words. “You and your late husband must have had such a beautiful life,” one supporter wrote.

“Thank you for sharing these photos. You two made a wonderful couple. You can see the love in these photos and you look and still look fabulous. I’ll say it again: I love that you’re all about family. I wish you all the best and the same for your family too. You deserve it. 🫶🏻🫶🏻,” another added.

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“Beautiful pictures of you both, Theresa. Such a feeling of true love when you look at her. I especially love the one where he hugs you ❤️,” another wrote.

Stacy Carey has been a freelance writer focusing on reality TV and celebrity news for more than a decade. She writes extensively for “The Bachelor,” “Hallmark,” and “Dancing With the Stars.” More about Stacy Carey

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