When The Bachelor's Season 22 finale aired in March, Arie was shown proposing to Becca at the Final Rose Ceremony. But ABC then aired footage billed as the "first completely unedited scene in reality television history" of the pro racing driver dumping Becca during what was supposed to be a happy-couple getaway.
"It was completely edited," Arie insisted to GQ magazine of the excruciating, 40-minute scene. "I don't understand why I'm the [bad] guy for filming the breakup on a television show which we all signed up to be on."
Becca was shown crying in her hands and hyperventilating in the finale, sending shock waves through Bachelor Nation, as fans were furious Arie and The Bachelor crew would be so cruel as to expose her that way.
Arie -- who broke up with Becca because he said he was still in love with his season's runner-up, Lauren Burnham, and wanted her back -- revealed he felt "100 percent betrayed" by how the network chose to portray his split from Becca.
Arie, 36, claimed ABC told him filming the scene would "make Bachelor Nation fully understood that he was being respectful and just following his heart." He also said he was promised by producers that fans would "rally" behind him because he "took this big risk" and "did it for love."
Arie told GQ he was informed The Bachelor fans just wanted to see him happy, and so he thought sharing his honest story with viewers was the only plausible option. Arie also apparently trusted the show's crew and considered them friends.
But Arie was allegedly taken aback when he heard about the post-production changes. (Arie and his fiance, 28-year-old Lauren, claim they did not watchThe Bachelor finale).
At one point in the finale broadcast, Becca was shown telling Arie multiple times to leave the vacation home and leave her alone. However, Arie kept coming back to talk more, and he was even shown knocking on the door of a bathroom in which Becca had locked herself.
"I was told to stay on that couch. I tried to leave, and then production was like, 'You need to go back inside. She's finally calming down. I feel like you owe it to her to have this conversation.' So then I went back in the house," Arie explained to GQ.
"They cut out, obviously, production talking to me from 10 feet away," he noted, adding it "was super unfair to me."
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"The fact is, I'm really happy with Lauren. So for me, it was all worth it," Arie said.
"I just kind of fell in love with her before I really knew who she was. I know that sounds kind of crazy, but I think there is that type of love out there where you just are blown away from the moment you meet somebody. That's kind of how it was with her."
The real estate agent also confessed he still has "a lot of love" for The Bachelor team despite the alleged betrayal.
"It's their job to make it entertaining for people... I think if you look back at it now, it was positive for everyone. Everyone ended up getting closure and also an opportunity to be with the person that they were really meant to be with," Arie reasoned.