Viewers of this week’s edition of “The Bachelorette” had plenty of drama to take in, much of it coming from the vicious rivalry between suitors Luke P. and Luke S., which came to a head during a rugby match in Scotland and ended when the latter up and quit the show.
“I just wanted to let you know that I am really sorry if I’ve caused you any pain,” Luke S, (whose surname is Stone) told Bachelorette Hannah Brown of his decision to leave. “It’s just been hard for me to have to defend my character time and time again,” he added, urging her to “keep your eyes open” when it comes to the other Luke, without mentioning him by name.
“I think you know who I’m talking about,” he said. “I’m not gonna tell you he’s a good guy or a bad guy. Just be wary. Just keep your eyes open, all right?”
Stone appeared on Wednesday’s edition of “Strahan & Sara” to explain his decision to exit the show and clear up any misconceptions viewers may have.
“I mean, a lot of people seem to think that it stems from the whole Luke P. situation, which it does. That was a catalyst,” he said. “I think for me that night was long, it was hard, and I tried my best to sort of communicate with Hannah and sort of figure out where her head was at. To me, being there, I felt like she didn’t trust me, and I think that was enough for me to leave, because trust is the basis of any relationship. Without trust, you can’t have a relationship. And when I felt like I’d lost that, that was when I felt like I needed to leave.”
The way he saw it, Stone was sinking deeper into a “hopeless” situation and didn’t envision a way out.
“The night — the whole week — was very long, very dramatic,” he continued. “When you’re there in the moment you have lots of time and opportunities to try and explain yourself. But the situation for me just kept getting more and more hopeless. I think that was the hardest part for me. People seeing me in this really serious light — I’m like a very laid-back, undramatic guy, and that was hard to see myself only in this very serious light. But it was a pretty intense situation and I really wanted to try to make it work.”
Stone also shared his perspective on what took place during the rugby game.
“It’s obviously a really intense game when we’re out there, really smacking each other hard and it was all well and good,” he added. “My issue with him during that particular play that went down was that he had thrown me into a crowd, and I was worried that he would hurt somebody if he kept up doing stuff like that. So I wanted to jog up to him to let him know hey, please don’t do that again… It was so fast, it was like blindingly quick that he turned and picked me up and then threw me down. It was crazy. It was fast.”
You can watch the interview in its entirety above.