Arie Luyendyk Jr., the most-hated Bachelor of all time, at least according to GQ (he even beat frontrunner Nick Viall for the honor), canceled an interview mid-way through because he felt his fiancé was being attacked…but not before admitting the “shocking, unedited footage!” from his season was actually extremely edited.
For those who aren’t Bachelor super fans, race car driver Luyendyk earned his title of “most hated Bachelor” during the 22nd season. In the finale, he followed the rules and proposed to publicist Becca Kufrin while surrounded by llamas, gifting her with the Neil Lane ring all Bachelor contestants dream of. But once the cameras stopped rolling, he had second thoughts.
After the finale, he slid into the DMs of runner-up Lauren Burnham’s—who spoke only 94 lines of dialogue during his entire season—quickly realized he would much rather be with her despite the silent treatment, and broke up with Kufrin in a supposedly “unedited” scene, which was supremely uncomfortable because he just wouldn’t leave. While Kufrin cried in the bathroom, Luyendyk waited patiently on the couch for her return.
Luyendyk was roasted on Twitter for his indecisive attitude, and especially for breaking up with Kufrin, the current Bachelorette. His interview with GQ was supposed to set the record straight, especially now that Kufrin has all of Bachelor Nation behind her.
GQ journalist Rebecca Nelson spent two days with Luyendyk and his second choice, Lauren B., to hear their side of the story—and the revelations are worth the read. But if it’s TL;DR, here’s what we learned about the most dramatic Bachelor season ever.
This interview was over after Lauren B. heard what Becca K. said about her.
After Nelson interviewed Burnham, Luyendyk prematurely canceled the rest of the conversation via text message. In their one-on-one, Nelson and Burnham talked about the breakup, her parent’s reaction to their reunion and Kufrin’s comments during the finale when she said she would “challenge him a lot more” and offer an “equal partnership.” Since Burnham and Luyendyk didn’t watch the finale, this was the first time she heard the comments and was upset because she considers herself a “very strong independent woman” who happened to have a “little bit of a breakdown on the show.” After the conversation, Luyendyk canceled via text message and told Nelson it felt like a “tabloid interview.” They’re useful questions, as her under-100 lines of dialogue didn’t exactly make it easy for the audience to feel like they knew her. And the interview doesn’t completely help, since now all we know is that she loves, but cannot identify, Ty Dolla $ign.