Arie Luyendyk Jr. is all ready for the dramatic conclusion to his season of “The Bachelor” next week.
Speaking to People about the controversy sure to follow what promises to be a “Bachelor” finale for the ages, Luyendyk was candid.
“I know people are going to be hard on [me],” the 36-year-old race car driver said. “I made a mistake. And I’m prepared for the backlash. But all I can say is I had to follow my heart.”
On the two-part finale airing next Monday and Tuesday, Luyendyk will choose between 27-year-old publicist Becca Kufrin and 26-year-old sales executive Lauren Burnham.
The two ladies are very “different,” Luyendyk said, but added, “They’re both great in their own individual ways.”
For now, fans just have to wait and speculate about how everything will end.
“[My decision] might not be the most popular,” Luyendyk said. “But for me it’s so worth it.”
Luyendyk, Kufrin and Burnham will all be together after the big reveal for a two-hour live special on March 6 where they will unpack everything that went down.
Some of the women sent home earlier in the season will also be back, including Bekah M., Kendall, Seinne and Tia. Plus, the identity of the next Bachelorette will be revealed.