Arie Luyendyk Jr. is still talking about his breakup from Bachelorette Becca Kufrin, despite being the one to dump the Minnesota native on live TV in what has since become one of Bachelor Nation’s most devastating moments.
The race car driver wasn’t obligated to film the breakup when he made the shocking announcement to then-fiancée Becca that he wanted to explore his feelings for now-fiancée Lauren Burnham. At the time, ABC dubbed the episode as the “first completely unedited scene in reality television history.”
According to Arie though, not so much.
“It was completely edited,” Arie told GQ in a new interview published on May 27. “I was told to stay on that couch. I tried to leave, and then production was like, ‘You need to go back inside. She’s finally calming down. I feel like you owe it to her to have this conversation.’ So then I went back in the house,” he said. “They cut out, obviously, production talking to me from 10 feet away. [It] was super unfair to me.”
Arie, known as ABC’s most hated Bachelor, felt “100 percent betrayed," but concluded he's happy with his decision.
“The fact is, I’m really happy with Lauren,” he told GQ. “So for me, it was all worth it.”
The couple recently announced they are set to tie the knot in Hawaii in January while Becca is now happily engaged to one of her 28 suitors from season 14 of The Bachelorette.