Blake Horstmann: Becca Kufrin and I were talking before her 'Bachelor in Paradise' stint: "We'll see how Paradise works out" for her
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/23/2021
Becca Kufrin and Blake Horstmann were apparently talking and considering taking each other out of the friend zone before Becca decided to appear on Bachelor in Paradise's seventh season.
Blake, who finished as Becca's runner-up on The Bachelorette's fourteenth season, said on his Instagram Stories in July he didn't want to appear onBachelor in Paradise's seventh season for the sake of his mental health because he believes the franchise "breeds toxicity and emotional abuse."
Following Becca's split from Garrett, Blake, 32, shared on the Friday, August 20 episode of the "Reality Life With Kate Casey" podcast, "We did kind of chat here and there, and we were back in touch within the last, like, six months," according toUs Weekly.
"It kind of came down to if she was going to do Paradise or not."
Becca, 31, has been single ever since her devastating breakup with Garrett, whom she had been engaged to, but rumors have swirled about Becca and Blake dating and flirting for months now.
"I always thought they would never break up. So like, I completely put her out of my head," Blake explained.
"It was never something, like, 'When they break up...' because I never thought they would. When they did, it was, like, this weird thing of, 'Well, I wonder if there's anything still there?'"
"And I don't know, that show can change you and those producers get a hold of you. The show doesn't like me, the show doesn't want to see us together. She has, like, the ABC podcast ["Bachelor Happy Hour"]. That's kind of her thing. She is very much involved in that show. We'll see."
Blake -- who appeared on Bachelor in Paradise's sixth edition and came across like a playboy -- recently said on his Instagram Stories that he doesn't think Paradise producers have cast members' best interest in mind.
"It's like having a life coach who pushes you to do the wrong things," Blake claimed earlier this summer, adding how he's in a good place and doesn't want to risk his well-being for "some followers and [social-media] engagement."
Blake confirmed in March that he and Becca were friends and had a "great relationship" on Us' "Here for the Right Reasons" podcast.
One month later, fans questioned if Becca and Blake were back together or if something was going on between the pair due to their obvious flirty dynamic on Instagram.