"Finally watched the episode, and I feel there are a few things that need to be said: First and foremost, I take complete accountability for my blatant disrespect towards Jessenia, and handling the situation poorly," Chris wrote in a Wednesday Instagram Stories posting.
"I did reach out to Jessenia to apologize after getting home, and I would like to reiterate my sincerest apologies to her now. My past behavior is not a reflection of who I am or who I want to be, and it was never my intention to maliciously or purposefully hurt anyone on the show."
As shown on Tuesday night's episode ofBachelor in Paradise, Chris and Jessenia had become one of the strongest couples on the beach, but once newcomer Alana Milne showed up to an invite-only VIP party hosted by Tituss Burgess, Chris kissed her right away and proceeded to make out with her on the dance floor right in front of Jessenia.
"I've been doing work privately to work through my relationship & communication skills. I'm an awful communicator and I'm an extremely non-confrontational person," Chris continued.
"It's something I've needed to fix and I'm glad it's been brought to light."
After Jessenia left the VIP party early alone and brokenhearted, Alana joined the Paradise cast the next day and asked Chris out on a date, and he said "yes" without hesitation.
From there on out, Chris and Alana were all about each other, and so the couple was accused of having a pre-show relationship and strategy for the Paradise process, similar to how Brendan Morais had dated Natasha Parker until his real romantic interest, Pieper James, arrived.
Jessenia told the cameras Alana had once "thrown herself" on Chris in San Diego, CA, which "wasn't a good look" and it appeared Chris had been waiting for her in Paradise the entire time.
"I entered Paradise with integrity. I was by no means in a relationship prior to the show. Nobody in the 'San Diego Crew' was in a relationship beforehand. I hung out with both Alana and Jessenia in a group setting," Chris explained.
"I met both of them, and had the same preshow relationship prior to Paradise. Flirty, and excited to potentially see them on Paradise."
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He added, "I am so sorry Alana got mixed up in all of it, and I beg all of you to stop attacking and harassing her. She doesn't deserve the hate she's receiving, and the death threats need to stop."
Once Chris and Alana coupled up in Paradise, Joe Amabile and Riley Christian rushed to Jessenia's defense and led an attack on Chris in which they scolded him for wanting "clout" and being "dishonorable."
Chris was essentially forced or kicked out of Paradise, which resulted in Alana leaving the show as well since she knew the environment had become a toxic place for her.
Jessenia told Chris to f-ck himself, follow his heart, and "get the f-ck out of Paradise," and Riley and Joe agreed that was the right decision to make.
After Chris apologized in his post, he decided to stand up for himself, claiming he had been treated unfairly and unjustly once he decided to focus on Alana.
"The hateful messages I'm receiving aren't fun, and the way I was attacked and pushed out of Paradise sucked. It reminded me of getting ganged up on in high school by the 'cook kids,'" Chris explained.
And when Alana asked the group if anyone wanted to know what she thought of the situation prior to her Bachelor in Paradise exit, Jessenia, Joe and Riley clapped back, "No!"
Chris therefore said, "I understand I was low hanging fruit since I'm not a fan favorite, but it also takes a huge level of disrespect for grown men to shut a woman down when she's trying to use her voice. You two know she deserves an apology. We cannot have a culture where we silence women on this show."
"All in all, I was not in a relationship prior to the show. I arrived single, and left single. Don't compare me to Brendan and Pieper, because it is not the same."
"I was disrespectful to Jessenia, and should have carried myself better. I am sorry for my actions, but I do not regret following my heart on the show," he concluded.
Chris proceeded to share posts from his friends supporting him and calling him an incredible man.
Chris also re-posted complaints from Bachelor Nation who believe he had been wronged by the other guys on the beach.
The Bachelorette alum Blake Horstmann, for example, joked about how the point of Paradise is to make out with multiple people and date around without a real commitment until the end.
And Season 7 BIP cast member Noah Erb wrote to Chris on Instagram, "I think you definitely could have handled that situation better but I don't think you should have been kicked off the beach like that... you're still a 6/10 guy and have my address if you need it."
And Noah told Alana, "You were a lil spicy to [Jessenia], but I don't think you should be getting any hate whatsoever."
Back in August, Jessenia denied having anything more than a friendship with Chris before traveling to Mexico to film the show.
"We had dinner or lunch, that kind of thing, but it was never anything beyond that... Just to set the record straight, there was absolutely no romantic relationship going on before the show even started," Jessenia told Us Weekly in August.
"I had my first impression of him in San Diego and figured, you know, he seems cool."