Links not working from the panel

I feel like I am missing something really obvious, but I can’t figure out why it seems like I am not able to create links in a text area from the panel anymore. I click on the little link symbol and insert the link and the text and on the website it is displayed not as a link, but as (link: text: whatever words I have) . It used to work fine and now it’s not, and I am not sure why.

Are you rendering your text with ->kirbytext()or kt() in your template?

Ugh. Thank you!!!