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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at York U chapter.

In March, Arie Luyendyk Jr, the 36-year-old Bachelor from Arizona, got on one knee and proposed to Becca Kufrin. Fans were surprised to find out later that this would not be the only proposal of the season. Later that month, Arie got cold feet and decided to break off the engagement with Becca because he “could not stop thinking about Lauren.” Arie is now being vilified as the most recent player in Bachelor history, not only for breaking Becca’s heart but for broadcasting live footage from the breakup. One prominent billboard read, “Arie… Not okay, just leave.” Another billboard was captioned “Becca you will always have a rose from Minnesota.” Evidently, this sparked outrage from many Bachelor fans who felt Arie treated these women as objects since he was so quick to abandon Becca when he was done with her and moved on to Lauren.  


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Becca and Arie uncomfortably discussed the overview of the season and what lead to the breakup in front of a live audience. Arie said that because he loved both girls, he could not make up his mind fast enough and went with Becca because she had such confidence in their relationship whereas Lauren felt scared. After the proposal, Arie could not stop thinking about Lauren and professed his apparent unwavering love for her over the phone before he told Becca. Fortunately for Becca, because of fans’ love and support, she is now the next Bachelorette… and we just can’t wait to see how it turns out! She even got the chance to meet some of the men that will be on her season.  


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After the final rose, Arie proposed to Lauren as audience members remained quiet and were unsure how to react. Lauren and Arie have decided to leave the country and spend time together away from the drama. They have currently been spotted in Barcelona shopping and walking the streets. We wish them all the best and hope for Lauren’s sake there is no heartbreak in her future.

Sam is a Cinema & Media Studies student at York University. She is passionate about LGBTQ+ issues, mental health, and intersectional feminism. She loves dogs and grilled cheese and knows way too much about pop culture.