What a strange journey it’s been for Bryce Harper’s girlfriend Kayla Varner.
Bryce Harper and Kayla Varner spent years doting on one another across social media platforms. From tweets to each other, and then retweets of the other, it was very apparent that Kayla Varner was the only woman in his life.
Bryce Harper’s girlfriend Kayla Varner first grabbed the mainstream internet’s attention when the couple’s engagement pictures were put up on their photographers blog (and since removed). Bryce and Kayla were pictured around various DC landmarks draped in the American flag.
The couple was scheduled to be married over three days in January, 2015. The unique wedding timeframe worked well for the woman who was to be Bryce Harper’s wife, as it landed right in the middle of his winter break from Ohio State. Varner plays soccer for the Lady Buckeyes, after transferring from BYU.
But then something happened, and neither one of the very public lovers spoke publicly about it (hey, I get it, no judgement). The much ballyhooed wedding did not take place. When you dug a little deeper, you realized that the two were no longer following one another, and the last mention of the other was right after Varner’s bridal shower in November.
So what happened exactly? Well, Bryce went on to become NL MVP (you know it’s coming, everyone,… I’m prescient). The two celebrated Christmas separately, and clearly had other plans for the start to 2015. Harper & Varner went their separate ways like so many couples do, and life moves on for them. For those of us who were fans of these two very much in love youngins (and who run websites about players wives and girlfriends), we quietly weep into our drinks and wistfully pine for the return of true love in America.
Chin up hopeful America, because there are hints of a reconciliation. The Washington Post picked up on the potentially happy news:
Those rooting for the romance between Nats slugger Bryce Harper and his high-school sweetheart, Kayla Varner, might have reason to cheer. An Instagram pic of the couple, looking cozy with other Nats’ players and their S.O.s on an outing during the team’s road trip to L.A. this week will no doubt please the Bryce-Kayla shippers (no really, it’s a word, says the Oxford Dictionary, meaning “supporters of a romantic pairing between two characters”)
The two began (and have continued) following each other on social media yet again. While the public pronouncements of love haven’t returned, maybe that’s best for the long term. Maybe the American dream of true love isn’t totally without a pulse after all.