Garrett Yrigoyen may have taken home the final rose during the season finale of “The Bachelorette” on Monday — and successfully proposed to Becca Kufrin — but he may not be celebrating fully just yet.
Yrigoyen’s recent win has been surrounded by steadily growing controversy, as fans began to discover throughout the season a number of troubling posts that Yrigoyen liked on Instagram in the past.
According to the Huffington Post, the controversial posts mocked immigrants, trans people, and politically liberal women, and alluded to conspiracy theories that David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, is actually a crisis actor.
Yrigoyen’s troubling “likes” were first posted on Instagram account @imwatchingyuuo in May, according to HuffPo, but were later posted on Twitter by former “Bachelor” contestant Ashley Spivey.
One screenshot contained a comparison of conservative and “leftist” women, with an overlayed caption “Yeah, I think we win this one too.”
Another post showed an American soldier swinging a child, with the caption underneath reading, “When a kid makes it over the wall and you have to throw him back.”
“I didn’t realize the effect behind a double tap or a like on Instagram. So I put out an apology,” he said. “I didn’t mean to offend anybody, I apologize for that still.”
“I didn’t mean to hurt anybody’s feelings or do anything like that, so I stand by everything that I posted in my apology, and I’m just trying to grow as a person, be a better person on a daily basis,” he continued.
He and Kufrin, Yrigoyen said, have been “honest,” and “transparent” with each other from the start of their relationship. They “attacked” the scandal when it came out, he explained, “because I feel like when I was liking things, it was going against what she stands for, and that made it really hard on us as a couple. So when we started talking about that, we got through that together, and we’re growing, we’re progressing and we’re moving forward.”
Yrigoyen reportedly feared that his past social media behavior would cost him his relationship with Kufrin. Kufrin, for her part, said that she does not condone the “Instagram situation,” Fox News reports.
“I know that he stands by his apology and he feels so bad for everyone that he did offend and he didn’t mean it,” she continued. “But I just want to move forward and to learn and to grow and to continue to educate ourselves.”
[Photo: Becca Kufrin and Garrett Yrigoyen on the set of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on August 6, 2018. By Randy Holmes via Getty Images]