“That awkward moment when the producers and Chris Harrison know your relationship is over before you do.”
Fans are freaking out after The Bachelor just confirmed what might have been the worst-kept secret in the show’s history: Arie Luyendyk Jr. proposed to one woman then dumped her on-camera to get back with the runner-up.
However, just a few weeks later, Arie had a change of heart. In the show’s live After the Final Rose special, host Chris Harrison revealed Luyendyk had broken it off with Kufrin.
In the special, Luyendyk said he couldn’t stop thinking about Burnham, so he decided to call off the engagement.
When the couple met up for a secret “happy couple weekend” after the show taped, Luyendyk blindsided Kufrin by dumping her.
A camera crew filmed the whole thing, of course.
Luyendyk told Kufrin that he wanted to see if “there was that possibility” that Burnham would get back together with him, and that he had to “follow his heart.”
“Are you fucking kidding me?” Kufrin responded.
Luyendyk added that he tried to get over Burnham, but the heartbreak he felt from their breakup lingered.
“I don’t think its fair to be half in with you,” he told her, adding he wanted to “take the risk” to try to be with Burnham.
However, the ending has been an open secret for man fans of The Bachelor. The shock twist was revealed in January by Reality Steve, a blogger well-known for spoiling the ending of every season since Jason Mesnick’s turn in 2009.
Reality Steve, aka Steve Carbone, has correctly spoiled every season since Mesnick’s except for one, Desiree Hartstock’s turn on The Bachelorette in 2013.
In a Jan. 23 blog post titled “What’s Going On,” Carbone revealed all the messy details that had gone down since the show stopped filming.
“Arie ended his engagement with Becca a little over a week ago and is now dating Lauren. That’s why he was in Virginia last week at Lauren’s parents house,” he wrote.
ABC had been hinting that the season finale would be nuts, releasing this promo last week.
Carbone told BuzzFeed News that it appeared ABC had been dropping more hints about the finale than in previous seasons, a fact he attributed to the leaks about the breakup.
“It was almost impossible to hide from it,” he said. “Promoting it makes sense on a business end. I think because of what happens is the reason they’re promoting this crazy ending. On a regular season, where there’s just an engagement at the end, they wouldn’t do this.”