March 6 (UPI) — Arie Luyendyk Jr. shocked audiences and Bachelor Nation Monday during the finale of The Bachelor where the 36-year-old had to choose between Becca Kufrin and Lauren Burnham.
The race car driver ended up sending Burnham home during the final rose ceremony and choosing Kufrin who was a big hit with his family. Luyendyk Jr. then got down on one knee and asked for Kufrin’s hand in marriage, which she accepted.
“You are beautiful and elegant and in that first conversation, I knew you were an incredible woman and I needed to know more… We’re a team, and I’m very lucky that you’ve been on this journey with me, and through all of it, you’ve given me so much confidence. My love for you is unmeasurable,” he said. “I choose you today, and I choose you today from here on out.”
The couple are seen enjoying their time together following the proposal, however, Luyendyk Jr. then decided that he wanted to break off the engagement and reconnect with Burnham. The decision led to an argument and Luyendyk Jr. confirming on After the Final Rose that he and Kufrin are over and that he had rekindled his romance with Burnham.
“You. Do. Not. Play. With. Someone’s. Heart. Like. That. SPEAK ARIE! SAY SOMETHING MEANINGFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” previous Bachelor winner Vanessa Grimaldi said on Twitter about the finale.
“How did this breakup end up on camera? Seems like a private conversation. We don’t belong in this conversation….but im still watching #TheBachelor,” Season 20 Bachelor Ben Higgins said in reference to Luyendyk Jr. ending things with Kufrin.
“If you’re THIS uncertain at this point about which woman is right for you WHY PREPOSE?! #thebachelor,” Season 21 and Bachelor in Paradise contestant Kristina Schulman said.
“Not in agreement with this made for tv movement. #thebachelorfinale,” The Bachelorette Season 7 winner J.P. Rosenbaum said.
“This is just MEAN. But let’s all keep in mind these are real people with real feelings…. keep that in mind while we humiliate them.,” Kaitlyn Bristowe, The Bachelorette from Season 11 and former Bachelor contestant said in response to Rosenbaum’s tweet.
Luyendyk Jr. will be meeting with Kufrin and Burnham on After the Final Rose Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.