This "Bachelor" finale is being called downright criminal. On the dramatic end to season 22, Arie Luyendyk Jr. left Becca Kufrin for runner-up Lauren Burnham.
Luyendyk Jr. initially selected Kufrin (below) to be his future wife and seemed happy with the choice.
"This morning I woke up and I thought about you, and I thought about you and our kids together; I thought about us when we’re old. I choose you today, but I choose you every day from here on out. I love you so much,” he gushed, per Entertainment Weekly. He prosed and she said yes.
But something changed after that. Luyendyk Jr. announced his dramatic change of heart during the "After the Final Rose" episode which followed the finale. Kufrin called the breakup "brutal." Adding more intrigue to the reality dating competition, the "bachelor" then decided to reignite his spark with Burnham (seen below)!
“I didn’t want to let anyone down. But I needed more time to make that decision. I made a huge mistake,” he told People later. “I went with my head, and I shut down those feelings for Lauren. The relationship with Becca was great, but my heart wasn’t with her.”
The star then sought advice from former Bachelor and Bachelorettes to see whether his second guessing was normal.
“Immediately after the proposal, I just had this hole in my heart. I tried to concentrate on my relationship with Becca, and I really made a push to make it work. But I wasn’t getting over Lauren,” he says. “I leaned on former Bachelors and Bachelorettes, like Rachel [Lindsay], JoJo [Fletcher], Sean [Lowe], and asked them, ‘Is this normal?’ Everyone was like, ‘Yes, give it some time.’ I was very open with Becca about how I was feeling. It must not have been easy for her. But I knew that it was more than just missing someone. I had to take this risk.”
#BachelorNation was not happy about the decision and shared its shock on social media.
Some viewers noted how incredibly long it took Arie to leave after dumping Becca.
This may seem like a case of deja vu to fans. Luyendyk Jr. made his debut on The Bachelorette in 2012 and got rejected by Emily Maynard, as Deadline shares.
The drama continues Tuesday night as Arie, Becca and Lauren all discuss what happened at 8 p.m. on ABC.