Arguably the most hated Bachelor
star right now, Arie Luyendyk Jr. took plenty of heat for getting engaged to Becca Kufrin on The Bachelor
season 22 finale only to break up with her on national TV to be with Lauren Burnham, whom he then proposed to during the After the Final Rose
special. The 36-year-old is ready for all the backlash but he reveals there's a reason why he decided to blindside Becca in front of the cameras instead of dealing with the breakup privately.
"I really wanted everyone to know that this was on me," Arie said during an appearance on Good Morning America on Wednesday. "This was my fault, and I felt like filming that would let people know that, that if there were any questions on the breakup, that those would be squashed if they saw the breakup."
"And I wanted her that opportunity, honestly, I wanted her that opportunity to be the potential Bachelorette," the Bachelor star added.
Not surprisingly, Becca was indeed named the Bachelorette. As for Arie's reaction to the news, he couldn't be happier. "I'm very happy for her. I'm happy that she's going to be able to find her true love through the show... I think she can handle it and will do a great job for sure," he said of the season 14 star.
"This ending obviously wasn't perfect, and I know it's difficult for a lot of people to swallow, but I'm happy, and it took a long, hard road to get here but I'm really solid in my relationship," explained Arie, who is now engaged to Lauren. "We've been together since January and it's going really well. And I knew this was going to be a tough week for me."
Though Arie has no qualms about being perceived as the bad guy, he's worried that people are not going to be supportive of his new relationship.
"[We] didn't get the best edit [but] I feel there was a happy ending to this story," said Arie, adding that his family, as well as Lauren's family are behind them.
In another interview, Arie emphasized that he takes full responsibility for his failed engagement with Becca.
"We actually didn't watch [the finale] just for the sake of our relationship. I wanted to [film] it because, through every breakup, there's always questions of what went wrong. And I knew that if we did it on-camera, I could take ownership of it and it would completely be my fault and my doing," Arie, who was sitting with Lauren, said on Live with Kelly and Ryan. "That was important. And the whole thing started on-camera and I wanted this story to be told all the way to the end, also running back to [Lauren], I felt that was an important story to tell."
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