As Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone previously revealed, Arie picked Becca Kufrin, a 27-year-old publicist from Minneapolis, MN, at the end of his journey to find love and proposed marriage during the final Rose Ceremony filmed in November 2017 in Cusco, Peru.
Well, Bachelor Nation better prepare itself, because according to Carbone, Arie just broke off his engagement to Becca a little over one week ago and asked his runner-up bachelorette, Lauren Burnham, to take him back and give him another chance!
Arie and Lauren, a 25-year-old technology salesperson from Dallas, TX, are now reportedly together and dating. (But they are not engaged).
"A couple days after the premiere, I was given word that Arie called Lauren on the night of the [January 1] premiere. Certainly an interesting thing to be told because why would a lead possibly contact the girl he dumped when he's engaged to someone else?" Carbone wrote in a January 23 blog post.
"So I tried to find out what I could about that situation... [and] started hearing that Arie was having second thoughts about Becca and thinking he might've made the wrong choice."
Before the season debuted, Arie told Reality TV World that he fell in love with two women.
Arie went on to repeat such news multiple times during his press interviews -- which seemed strange considering the revelation would only hurt his fiancee's feelings. (Lauren Bushnell really struggled to get over the fact her former fiance, Season 20 Bachelor Ben Higgins, had also confessed his love to his runner-up, JoJo Fletcher, before proposing. Ben and Lauren eventually split).
Well, Carbone claims that Arie was trying to set his fans up for a possible switcheroo.
On January 16, a source told Carbone that "Arie broke up with Becca and they are heading to Virginia to film," where Lauren's mother currently resides.
Carbone apparently considered the possibility Arie did not call off his engagement to Becca and just wanted to see Lauren and apologize, or something to that effect, but the spoiler blogger figured it'd be a longshot because he had already gotten wind Arie was talking to Lauren since early January.
A photo then appeared in a private Facebook group, showing ABC vans parked in front of the Virginia home of Lauren's mom.
"Knowing what I'd been told a few hours earlier, this picture took on a whole new meaning," Carbone explained of the picture that was taken down within minutes of people complaining about potential spoilers.
Carbone said he received confirmation from multiple sources that Arie dumped Becca and traveled to Virginia to get Lauren back. Carbone learned that cameras filmed Arie's breakup with Becca and ABC's vans were, in fact, parked outside of Lauren's mother's home.
"The guy who whined to us about not being in love for five years since [Emily Maynard]. The guy who's now a matured man and is 'not looking for someone to date, is looking for my wife,' couldn't give it more than TWO MONTHS to a woman who had an ex-boyfriend show up, propose to her, have her REJECT IT, and then accept Arie's proposal," Carbone ranted.
"[Arie] gave it a whopping two months before taking back that whole day and immediately asking Lauren to date [him]," Carbone continued. "Are you serious? Un-be-lievable. The season is a joke, he's a joke, and I feel sorry for Becca."
There will be no evidence of Arie and Lauren's post-finale relationship unless the new couple spoils their romance on social media somehow, but Carbone has the utmost confidence in his spoilers.
"This is what happened. It's not wrong... If you honestly think I'm reporting this based off a hunch, or some wishful thinking, or something to stir the pot, then you don't know how I function," Carbone bragged.
"This is your ending to this season and you will see it play out during the finale and [After the Final Rose] on March 5th. It's gonna be a doozy."