Surprise, surprise, the latest season of “The Bachelor” has ended up in yet another foiled relationship.
In case you didn’t believe Arie Luyendyk Jr. when he told host Chris Harrison that he had “regrets” following his second stint at finding love on national television, you might now.
“There’s a huge weight being the Bachelor and making the right choices and not regretting those choices,” the race car driver told Harrison on the “Women Tell All” special. “And I think that is something that I struggled with, being logical. But, then again, it’s like, you do have to follow your heart.
“If I could rewind time and redo things as the Bachelor, I would, honestly. I know people always say, ‘No regrets.’ But I have regrets.”
And according to Us Weekly, Arie’s biggest regret was the lady he chose to marry.
Luyendyk Jr., 36, reportedly proposed to one woman in the season 22 finale, but broke up with her weeks later, hopped on a plane and professed his love to the runner-up. The media outlet is not reporting which lady Arie initially proposed to — Becca Kufrin, 27 or Lauren Burnham, 25 — but it’s safe to say no one is a winner in this situation (except, maybe, the runner-up).
“Arie had a change of heart,” a show insider explains in the new issue of Us Weekly. “He began to think he’d picked the safer option.”
Luyendyk confessed to Us, “The finale is going to be very interesting for fans to watch. It’s been an experience I’ll remember forever. It’s going to be fun for me to watch back.”
Fun for him, maybe, but not so fun for the 29 broken hearts the former race car driver left in his wake.
Heading into the finale, Luyendyk “really felt ready for marriage,” explains a second source. When it came time to get down on bended knee with a Neil Lane-designed sparkler, everything went as planned. Says the source: “Arie proposed and she said yes. They were super happy.”
It wasn’t until the premiere of the show that Arie started to doubt his decision.
“He had second thoughts,” explains the show insider. “He realized who he really wanted to be with and really loved. He just couldn’t stop thinking about the other woman.”
With Arie ending their short-lived engagement by early January, we have a feeling it’s all going to make for one hell of an “After The Final Rose”.
“Arie didn’t handle the situation well,” notes the insider. “He wasn’t sympathetic or even very nice.” His callous behaviour floored his one-time fiancée: “She was in shock.”
Now in a relationship with his runner-up, Luyendyk and his new lady love are reportedly taking things slowly.