During The Bachelor’s “After the Rose” special on Tuesday night, Arie Luyendyk Jr. proposed to runner-up Lauren B.– who he reunited with after dumping Becca K. “I made some bad decisions, but the best decision was running back to you,” Arie told Lauren before dropping down to one knee. “I truly believe are my soulmate. I’m ready to face this life with you and all that comes with it. I love you so much. I wanted to do this in front of everyone because I want to show you that I should have done this a long time ago.” The proposal came just minutes after Arie sat down with Becca for the first time since their breakup and admitted that he regretted proposing to her in Peru. Later in the episode, host Chris Harrison announced Becca as the next Bachelorette–and introduced her to a handful of her suitors.
Meet Minnesota State representative Drew Christensen. He’s a 24-year-old Republican — born and raised in the land of 10,000 lakes — and he has very strong feelings about Season 22 of The Bachelor.
A diehard fan of the ABC reality show, Christensen was left reeling on Monday, March 5, when Arie Luyendyk, Jr. proposed to Becca Kufrin only to dump her weeks later for runner-up Lauren Burnham. Like Christensen, 27-year-old Kufrin is a Minnesota native and Midwesterners gotta stick together.
“If this gets a thousand retweets I’ll author a bill banning Arie from Minnesota,” Christensen tweeted after the finale.
Christensen later added: “10,000 RTs and I’ll invite Becca to Minnesota’s State of the State Address. #TheBachelor @mnleg #PriorLakeLakers.”
— Rep. Drew Christensen (@RepChristensen) March 6, 2018
On After the Final Rose, host Chris Harrison revealed fans have raised $6,000 for Kufrin, who pledged to donate the money to Stand Up To Cancer — and Harrison promised ABC would match that amount.
Bachelor Nation is clearly on Team Becca following Monday’s night controversial season finale.
After “Bachelor” Arie Luyendyk Jr. blindsided fiancée Becca Kufrin, dumping her in front of ABC cameras in favor of runner-up Lauren Burnham, the masses rallied online, sending the Minnesota publicist Venmo donations to purchase wine.
“You dodged the bullet of having to spend the rest of your life with the human equivalent of a piece of dry, unbuttered whole wheat toast,” one user shared. “This is for the wine fund of the classiest woman in America.”
Another wrote, “Was rooting for you from the first date, but you are worth more than a man who cares more about himself and a show than your feelings. Enjoy a glass.”
After a truly roller-coaster experience on The Bachelor, Becca Kufrin has been confirmed as the next lead of The Bachelorette. The announcement was made Tuesday during the live After the Final Rose conclusion to Arie Luyendyk Jr.‘s season.
Of course, Kufrin, a 27-year-old Minnesota-based publicist, was at epicenter of the most shocking season to come out of the ABC franchise yet. On Monday’s explosive three-hour finale, Luyendyk Jr., 36, sent millions of devoted viewers into a tailspin when he pulled a switcheroo: Two months after proposing to Kufrin, he realized he was still in love with his runner-up, 26-year-old sales executive Lauren Burnham. He decided to break things off with Kufrin to pursue a relationship with Burnham — allowing every second of the brutal breakup to be captured by the cameras.
Now, Kufrin is taking her journey to find love to a whole new level — and she says she’s “ready” to be the Bachelorette.
“It does scare me,” she admits. “I’m sure it would [scare] any human, knowing that I was just engaged, I was in love. But I have so much love to give and I want just a partner in life. I’m not afraid to date these guys and find the one who is the best fit for me — I welcome that with open arms.”
“The grand gesture of the engagement, of course, does freak me out a little bit,” she adds. “But that being said, I went into Arie’s season being as open as I could be so I want to do the same in this next chapter.”
But there’s one thing Kufrin wants to be extra “mindful” of throughout.
“I want to keep in mind, the people who I really do fall for and have strong feelings for, if was them how would I want to be treated?” she says. “And I want think about the bigger picture and the outcome. Is it best to say ‘I love you’ to two people? I don’t know. If I do feel that need, I want to make sure I’m 100 percent sure and keep in mind their feelings. I want to keep their needs and emotions at the forefront.”
Kufrin’s season of The Bachelorette is expected to premiere later this year on ABC.