Bachelor Winter Games Breakups and Couples Updates
The honeymoon stage of The Bachelor Winter Games has thawed and the break up train is rolling through.
Clare and Benoit
Benoit, our Canadian contestant, proposed to Clare, our always up for a Bachelor challenge lady, at the finale of The Bachelor Winter Games. Well, we all know how that worked out. They are officially donezo as evidenced by their somewhat adorable Instagram post.
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Lesley and Dean
Dean posted a cryptic message on his Instagram about love being hard and a day later Lesley confirmed they were broken up. That’s 0 for 3 on the Bachelor ladies front for darling Dean. Might be time to check out another dating pool, DeanieBabies. Dean gave Lesley a key to his apartment at the After The Bachelor Winter Games episode. This was to throw off the very real proposal Benoit had planned for Clare (pre-breakup). Lesley is a clever little travel blogger for those not in the know. She cited, out with the winter and in with the Spring cleaning.
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Growing up as a kid I had a crude but utopian idea of what love is. I always had this idea that no matter what you did, no matter how you act, as long as you’re true to yourself and act in good conscious, your path would lead you to the one person on this planet you’re meant to be with. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that although everyone DESERVES love, it’s not something we’re entitled to. Love takes work. Love is compromise. Love is earned. I still have a lot of work to do on myself, a lot to prove to myself, before I’m ready for something like that.
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It’s a bit strange to feel the need to post about this, but I don’t think I can honestly resume my normal programming (✈️🏖🏕) without giving you an explanation – and maybe that’s the wrong word, but I just wanted to thank y’all for the love and respect you’ve shown me over the past few days. I spent 5 years away from Bachelor Nation as I lived abroad and traveled for work. I came back to Winter Games because I’ve seen this franchise work miracles before. Through The Bachelor and my journey around the world, I have made deep connections, true meaningful intimate relationships with many walks of life. I know it’s imperative to find someone who chooses us and acknowledges our many layers, who can be open and vulnerable, and most importantly, who is ready. To meet someone and be met. To be chosen and to choose. To love and to be loved. This is everything. All we need is that same energy reciprocated, and despite how open and loving you attempt to be, people can only meet you as deeply as they’ve met themselves. Don’t be afraid to be the one that loved the most and give everything you had, because you’ve got to find people who love like you do and who are ready. Out with the old, in with the ᴛʀᴜᴇ. It was a long winter, and I’m excited for a new season🌱🌸🌻🌷Let the spring cleaning commence. I’m ready.
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Lauren and Arie are still globe trotting and doing annoyingly well. Lauren enjoys posting Instagram stories with filters. In case you were interested. Happy for them.
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For all you Team Becca fans, Becca’s Bachelorette season starts Monday, May 28th 8|7c. and she is ready to “Do the damn thing”…again.
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“All fairytales aren’t told the same way.” – Chris Harrison. Thank you for the wisdom, Chris Harrison. Thank you for the wisdom.
It really was the most dramatic season of The Bachelor because they jampacked all that they could into the finale. Two proposals, a breakup that took houuuurs, a recounting of the aforementioned proposal and breakup, and a new season of The Bachelorette. Arie pulled a Mesnick.
If you grabbed a US Weekly before the finale you already knew what happened. Arie proposed to Becca. They then played about 2 hours of their subsequent breakup unedited that included Arie meeting Becca at their secret location and him letting her know he was still in love with Lauren and that he wanted to see where that went.
Prior to the proposal Arie said this was the biggest decision of his life about 1,000 times, which if you had that as a drinking game you would have been smashed 10 minutes in. Arie’s family met both girls, loved them both and seemed to swing toward Becca because she was a safe option. So Arie chose Becca. At the proposal, the top of the rose fell off of Becca’s final rose, like the whole thing flung right off and when she tried to say her full name with Arie’s last name it just lacked a ring to it. Pre-signs?
Who got kicked off: Lauren, JK Becca. Arie proposed to Becca. Dumped Becca. Went back to Lauren. And proposed to Lauren. And Becca is the new Bachelorette. Got all that?
Chris Harrison kept saying we had seen nothing like this before. But we have. With Jason Mesnick, who they brought out on After the Final Rose. I guess Chris Harrison was referring to the painstakingly long unedited break up scene behind the scenes. After the breakup, Becca flew home heartbroken AND IN THE MIDDLE SEAT on the plane. Now that is just cruel. Arie said he felt like a monster right now. The thing that makes you a monster is letting her fly in the middle seat! You could have at least offered to pay for her upgrade.
After the Final Rose
Bring ’em out, bring ’em out
Chris Harrison brought out Becca and then Arie and had a deep conversation. Becca handled it with such poise. ESPECIALLY because they made her come back for a second night and wear TWO different dresses for After The Final Rose, just because this season was so dramatic and they needed her there both nights. The poor girl. She better find love after all of this.
They aired clips of Arie flying to meet Lauren and them talking on the couch and her asking questions and him explaining. She asked if he was over Becca and he said, “1,000 percent.” WTF. YOU LITERALLY WERE JUST WITH BECCA, YOUR FINACE. I do not understand.
Lauren responded, “Well, you got me, duh. Just so you know I’m freaked out by engagement, but I’m hoping that doesn’t take that much longer.” Umm. OK. Whatever. I hope they’re happy in love.
Chris Harrison brought out the posse of Arie’s previous ladies to comment on what they saw. Usually those narrations are the worst, but they were actually super helpful this time. Go ladies. Kendall wished that Arie and Lauren found love. Bekah was like, ‘Lauren, dump his behind.’ And Seinne was smart and insightful. Caroline still thinks she was the one that was publicly broken up with and betrayed by Arie. I swear she thinks the breakup happened to her with how emotional it makes her. Tia gave the most helpful information, saying that Arie contacted Lauren on New Year’s just before the premiere of the show, 1 and 1/2 months after his engagement to Becca in Peru. The plot thickens. So Arie had an idea that there was still a possibility with Lauren before he broke up with Becca.
Arie did say he wanted the breakup to be televised so that Bachelor Nation could see that it was on him for the breakup. Take that for what you will.
Best Quote: Kendall still remains the best bachelorette. She commented that she was fine that they showed the breakup because it showed her how strong Becca was. Always seeing the unique, bright side, that one.
The posse also vouched for Becca as one of the kindest bachelorettes they knew and so deserving of love and ready to give it.
Then Chris Harrison brought out Arie and Lauren. Lauren announced she was moving to Arizona to be with him. And Arie in true Arie fashion proposed to Lauren publicly on stage with Becca in the wings and his and Lauren’s parents there at After the Final Rose. Lauren said yes. So there’s that.
Fun Fact Funding
Bachelor Nation is amazing and started to Venmo Becca to buy her a drink for the breakup she was put through. According to Chris Harrison and Popsugar.com, Becca’s fans started to Venmo her “F*ck Arie Wine Money.” This. Is. Genius. And hilarious. Becca’s Venmo account has reached over $6,000 with contributions of well wishes. BuzzFeed captured a few of the best. Becca, the queen that she is, is donating it to Stand Up to Cancer. Chris Harrison vowed that ABC would match it. Boom.
There have been a few faux accounts that have popped up, so make sure if you contribute to the wine fund, you do it to the right handle. The one with all the comments. @RebeccaKufrin
Chris Harrison also surprised Becca with an announcement of his own. She was about to meet her men that night!
The newest Bachelorette is Becca!
“I felt like my future was ripped out from under me.” To get a better one!
Becca’s Preview of Men: What you need to know
Lincoln Accent and ripped. His intro, “I’m blushing, but you can’t tell for obvious reasons.”
Chase Wasn’t super memorable, but he was there.
Ryan Entertained with a banjo, and he’s pretty good. He’s quirky just like her.
Darius Apologized on behalf of his gender.
Blake Brought a horse named Bradley, saying “When you fall off the horse you gotta get back up again. I want to be the man to help you get back up again.” Umm, adorbs. And kudos to Bradley for keeping it chill in front of a live studio audience. What a stud.
Premiere of The Bachelorette is May 28.
After After the Final Rose. Arie and Lauren are living it up on Twitter. So much for staying off of social media. That boils my blood. Where’s the wine fund?! They look happy in love, though and took Jason and Molly Mesnick’s advice and got the heck outta dodge.
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Fantasy Suite Date Cards Galore! A Tent For a Date. An Ex Returns For His Girl and Arie’s Living it Up in Peru Throwing Around the “L” Word Like It’s Confetti.
Arie and his final three ladies traveled to Peru for adventures and Fantasy Suite Date Cards. He said, “I love you,” to ALL of the ladies over and over again. Dropped the “L” bomb just like that. Arie’s like poo poo ABC and your rules, I do what I want.
Who got kicked off: Our beloved, quirky Kendall was sent home at the rose ceremony. Arie pulled her aside and they both saw their relationship wasn’t as far along as the others. Until next time, Kendall. My fingers are crossed for a Bachelor in Paradise reunion with you, your quirkiness, and your taxidermy. A beach is a very nice place for a ukele. Just sayin’. Peace.
The Twist! ‘Twas Becca whose ex returned to find her love. This guy flew all the way to Peru to give it a go with Becca. That is commitment there, ladies. He talked to Arie. It was awkward. Arie was like I literally just had a fantasy suite date with this girl you claim to love…
Becca had none of it and didn’t want that to affect her and Arie’s relationship. She went back to Arie and all’s good in the hood. Also, timeline. Becca dated the ex guy for 7 years and it was weird timing that he and Becca had broken up one year ago at this very similar time.
Anywhooos, Arie was like I need to process and didn’t know if he wanted to have to deal with the crazy ex if he did choose Becca. He asked, is this going to be a problem in our relationship later? Translation: I’m going to use this as an excuse when I pick Lauren B. over Becca. (Disclaimer: I have no idea who he chooses. I’m just being snarky. I don’t read the spoilers! They take away from the surprise!)
Two ladies are left! Lauren B. and Becca K.
Also, Becca’s date included a tent in the desert. Just a tent. Just a bed. In the desert.
— The Bachelor (@BachelorABC) February 26, 2018
Next week Monday AND Tuesday, March 5th and 6th at 8|7c is the Bachelor finale! Reality Steve and TV Guide indicate there will be a 2 hour finale and a 1 hour After the Final Rose on Monday night and a second follow-up After the Final Rose for 1 hour on Tuesday night. Yes, two nights. Buckle up, stock up and pour yourself a glass…from that box o’ wine. You deserve it.
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Becca K., Kendall, Lauren B., and Tia were headed to hometowns. Next week is Women Tell All.
Racing on a dirt track, riding horseback on the beach, going apple picking and going taxidermy-ing. Can you guess which hometown belonged to whom? Arie was grilled by the families and siblings and it made him sweat. At the rose ceremony, Arie pulled Kendall aside to get some lingering questions answered. And he found them.
Who got kicked off: Our girl Tia is headed back to Weiner, AR, to be reunited with her bestie Raven. She told Arie she hoped he followed his heart. Such a sweetheart.
The Bachelor Winter Games! Wintertime Just Heated Up!
Premieres: Tomorrow, February 13 at 8pm
Time: 4 weeks
Filmed in: Vermont (I am so bummed I missed the filming! If you caught it, email me!)
Cast: On the American team are blast from the past Ben Higgins (btdubs he and Lauren broke up and she’s happily in love with someone else according to her Instagram), Dean (for the third time offender), Ashley I., Eric from Rachel Lindsay’s series is back! Jamey, Josiah (Rachel’s baby that she sat), Luke (from JoJo’s season), Michael (from Desiree’s season), blast from the past Clare (from Juan Pablo’s season), Lesley (from Sean Lowe’s season – no idea who she is), Bibiana (from Arie’s season). Additional Bachelor/Bachelorettes will be announced. I have a couple guesses from those that just got kicked off Arie’s season tonight.
Full cast includes players from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Finland, United Kingdom, Sweden, and Canada.
Premise: There is not much detail on the ABC blog other than that Bachelors and Bachelorettes from around the world will compete with each other in faux Olympic Games, representing their country and in the most trying sport: love. A preview of the games include winter biathlon, speed skating, and ice dancing with date cards given to the challenge winners. Love triangles, tears and challenges abound.
Best Part: Ashley I is back! And in full Ashley I. force. Let’s see who friend zones her and who she falls in love with. Who doesn’t love watching Ashley I. find love?
Back in the day I blogged about the German Bachelorette. So this Winter Games is that times 10 and mixed with all of the other Bachelors and Bachelorettes from the international shows. It sounds like a mash of Bachelor in Paradise and Bachelor Pad for a shortened period of time.
In related news, Benoit from Canada’s team can have my vote any day.
Tune in tomorrow, or follow the live tweet to see what it’s all about and save yourself some time!
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Arie is headed to Weiner, AR. Arie is falling in love with Lauren. And four ladies are gearing up for Hometowns!!
The ladies and Arie traveled to Italy to find some Pisa wine and love. Next week is HOMETOWNS! The best week of all!
Arie greeted Italy in the only way appropriate for the show, “I can’t wait to drink some wine.” Cheers to that.
Who got kicked off: Jacqueline took herself out of the game by telling Arie she had doubts and didn’t know if she was making the right decision. I think she was afraid of getting her heart broken and had 6 years of PhD ahead. Seinne went home on a one-on-one date. 22-year-old Bekah went home on the group date.
Tomorrow night 8pm is the premiere of The Bachelor Winter Games. Tune in!
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Walking in Heels All Over Paris, Arie Was Almost a baby daddY, And A two-on-One with Kendall’s Emotional Intelligence Off the Charts
Paris, France! The ladies were whisked off to the city of love to fall head over heels with Arie. Lauren got the first one-on-one and was pretty silent the entire date, but her silence led to the greatest knowledge of all – that Arie almost had a baby in his relationship with the mom he keeps talking about. Jacqueline got a one-on-one and let it drop that she wants to do a PhD somewhere, a casual 6 years. Arie bought her a dress and heels to walk around Paris in. The group daters watched madly on as Bekah got to star in Moulin Rouge with Arie and got a rose. Kendall and Krystal went on the two-on-one date, and Kendall came out on top of a battle of emotions and kissed Arie passionately on top of the Eiffel Tower.
Who got kicked off: Krystal was sent home on the first two-on-one date of the season. Single mom Chelsea and whacky, lovable Jenna were sent home at the rose ceremony this week.
Best Quote of the Night: Goes to Jenna! While she may be gone, she is forever in our hearts as she described her feelings with grand gestures and non sequiturs. “Anger, hurt. Your heart gets completely ripped out. That’s how I feel.” (It’s a lot sadder when you blog it, but to see how she describes it, you just know that one’s gonna be ok. Still waiting on those requests for interpretations from Jenna’s mind.)
Second Best Quote of the Night: Jacqueline
“I could have the one-on-one and that would be amazing. Or I could be on the two-on-one with Krystal and that would be my worst nightmare.” (And then they made her walk all over Paris in heels. I think she still would argue that was better than a two-on-one with Krystal. And I hope she got to keep those fabulous shoes.)
One more week to whittle it down until hometowns! The best parts of the season. Previews show tears upon tears.
Winter Games are next week! Not the Olympics. Those are this week, but dare I say maybe a step above. Only one thing is for certain, we’ll find out, February 13th!
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Krystal has a temper tantrum for the ages. The ladies go bowling. And Maquel Returns To Say Hi and bye.
And the bachelorettes continue their world-wide tour from Lake Tahoe to…Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Chelsea got a one-on-one on a yacht. The group date was bowling and Krystal lost her sh*t. And Tia got the second one-on-one date. Lauren B. got the rose on the group date where they played 21 questions and Arie was surprised she used coconut milk in her coffee. Easily pleased that one.
Krystal had a temper tantrum and sent her relationship on a rocky road with Arie after she packed her bags and refused to come on the group date. Meanwhile, Jenna said nervous was always at the top of her emotions. And then giggled.
Fun Facts! This is where you know Kendall from or don’t but must know! She was on an episode of Fear Factor that never aired with her twin sister. The did a stunt involving electrocution and collecting flags in a maze. And rumors that drinking donkey semen was another challenge. She was also a set dresser on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, according to Life and Style Magazine.
Who got kicked off: Maquel…again. She left for her grandpa’s funeral services and came back this week…only to be knocked back at a rose ceremony. Ashley and Marikh went home.
Full recap to follow.
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All Roads Lead to Hot Tubs! BEKAH IS 22. LAKE TAHOE HIKING AND GLAM SHAMING ARE HERE.
“For the record I am always Pro Glam.” Me too, Chelsea. Me too. Preach it. A true Glamper if I’ve ever seen one. The ladies came up with clever ways to use or not use a compass in the outdoors of Lake Tahoe. Bekah is 22 and making Arie nervous. Becca K. apologized for being sweaty at the rose ceremony.
Who got kicked off: Maquel technically left on her own volition because of her grandpa’s passing. Caroline and Brittany were sent home at the rose ceremony. No cocktail party was had.
One-on-One: Seinne our leading lady got the one-on-one date. She went paragliding with Arie on Lake Tahoe as the other ladies watched on from the cabin. She also had a dinner and concert.
Group Date: The group date was a hike in the wilderness. They split into three groups. One of the lucky groups had Arie as a team member. I’m pretty sure no one knew how to use a compass, but kudos for creativity. All roads lead to hot tubs. After they found their destination they immediately stripped down into their bikinis. Krystal cozied up next to Arie and started a feud. Arie seems to really like the taxidermist. #TeamTaxidermy
On the group date during his conversation with Tia, Tia revealed she was feeling a little insecure about their relationship and Arie’s response was “Don’t worry, I have a plan.” I’m confused. Can I be in on this plan? But like really, what is this plan? I’m curious.
One-on-One: Bekah went on a horseback riding date around Lake Tahoe. Along the trail was a hot tub. In the hot tub Bekah uncovered an accident Arie had in a truck called the Black Widow that crashed and rolled several times. He has screws in his collar bone that he broke. He bonded with Bekah even more. At dinner Bekah finally told him she was 22. And you could see his face immediately change. His mind is racing. Bekah fought to stay and Arie decided to give her the rose saying the he couldn’t let her go yet.
Jenna: No, but seriously, if you have an idea of what is going on in Jenna’s head please tell me. Like fill out the contact me page with what you think is in Jenna’s head and I will post it here. Because I am so lost.
I’m also actively recruiting hotties for the tech recruiter Brittany because she is adorable and deserves to find love. So if you know any sexy bachelors send them my way!
Best Conversation of the Night:
Marikh to Chelsea: I heard that you were glam shaming me.
Chelsea: What is glam shaming?
Marikh compared it to slut shaming, telling Chelsea, “You told Arie I was using the compass to fix my makeup.” Chelsea responded that it was lighthearted. Marikh corrected, “I was fixing my hair.”
Chelsea’s response to a producer in an interview: “I am a former model. That was part of my career to get glammed up. For the record, I am always pro glam.”
Tonight is a new episode! Get your glam and glasses ready!