Shayna Taylor Felt 'Ready' to Marry Ryan Seacrest — But He 'Wasn't There Yet,' Source Says
"After three years together, Shayna wanted more out of the relationship," a source close to the chef and food blogger tells PEOPLE
“After three years together, Shayna wanted more out of the relationship,” a source close to Taylor, 26, tells PEOPLE. “It felt like the natural next step for her. She was ready to get married, but Ryan wasn’t there yet.”
Nevertheless, the source says the two “really are still friendly.”
A second source close to the former couple tells PEOPLE that “Ryan and Shayna have always cared deeply about each other and had and have a wonderful relationship.”
“But it got to a point where it made more sense to break up. It had just run its course,” the source says. “But they are still very close.”
PEOPLE exclusively confirmed on Wednesday that Taylor and Seacrest, 44, had called it quits, with a source calling it an “amicable split.”
After meeting through friends in 2013, the pair soon began dating, and following an initial breakup in late 2014, they rekindled the romance.
When Seacrest was tapped to co-host Live with Kelly and Ryan in 2017, Taylor, a trained chef, moved to New York City from Los Angeles with him. “We’re very in sync,” Seacrest told PEOPLE in November, adding that their cross-country move had been an “adventure” they’ve both embraced.
When asked about future plans, Seacrest chose to focus on the present.
“Family is so important to me, and to Shayna as well, but I’ve always tried to put life into a master schedule with deadlines, and I don’t want to do that [with Shayna],” he said. “We both try to actually be in this moment, feel this connection, enjoy it and let it grow.”