'The Bachelor' star Arie Luyendyk Jr.: Becca Kufrin reminded me why I was really on the show
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/04/2018
The Bachelor can be filled with adventure, travel and adrenaline, but one bachelorette in particular reminded Arie Luyendyk Jr. about his real purpose for starring on Season 22.
"The women were really, really amazing out of the limo. So many nervous, beautiful women who had me at hello (couldn't resist). Their introductions ranged from cute to funny to hilariously weird," Arie wrote in his People blog.
Becca Kufrin, a 27-year-old publicist from Minneapolis, MN, apparently made a memorable first impression on Arie.
"Becca K. reminded me why I was really there -- to end up on one knee," Arie noted.
Becca asked Arie to kneel down with a ring box in hand and repeat after her, "Are you ready to do the damn thing?" The pair shared a laugh after the exchange, and Arie admitted it was a first for him once the brunette beauty in a tight black-lace dress walked away.
Arie also found Becca "really brave" that night, as she shared "something so intimate so quickly" when she chose to show the Bachelor her mom's letter from home. Arie found the gesture "meaningful" on what could have been perceived as a "scary" night.
Other entrances that stood out, according to Arie, were "[Marikh Mathias] saying she likes to cook with salt and pepper, [Brittane 'Britt' Johnson] sticking a bumper sticker on my butt, and [Bekah Martinez] literally calling me a 'classic.'"
Arie added, "I was so nervous and their lighthearted joking really helped break the tension going into the evening... Speaking of nerves, I still can't believe I was so nervous that [Tia Booth]'s 'I hope you don't already have a little weiner' joke went right over my head... [but Seinne Fleming]'s sincere, thoughtful gift of the elephant cuffs showed me that this night wasn't all jokes."
Maquel Cooper pulling up in a race car "made maybe the most badass entrance of the night," Arie wrote, adding that the way the beautiful blonde took her helmet off was something "straight out of a movie."
Arie couldn't believe that 29 attractive and accomplished women took time out of their lives and traveled to the Los Angeles mansion to date him on The Bachelor.
"This realization left me feeling so humbled and so lucky," the pro racing driver turned real estate agent admitted.