'The Bachelor' spoilers: Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s winner, Final 2 pick, and ex-boyfriend crasher --- Plus is he still engaged to his bachelorette?
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/21/2018
The Bachelor spoilers provide all the details on how the rest of Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s search for love will unfold, as well as whether he's still dating -- or engaged to -- his winner!
Following The Women Tell All special on February 25, The Bachelor's next episode will air on Monday, February 26 and feature Arie choosing whether to enjoy an overnight Fantasy Suite date with his Final 3 bachelorettes: Kendall Long, Becca Kufrin and Lauren Burnham.
In addition, "Whose ex-boyfriend makes a grand gesture to steal back one of the bachelorette's hearts?" ABC teases.
[Spoiler Warning: Please stop reading now if you'd rather wait to find out what happens on The Bachelor when you watch the episodes on TV].
Arie's journey to find his future wife allegedly ended with an engagement.
According to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone, Arie selected Becca at the final Rose Ceremony and proposed marriage to her with a Neil Lane diamond engagement ring.
The pair left the show happily engaged, while poor Lauren finished as Arie's devastated runner-up. This means that Kendall finished in third place and was ousted after his round of overnight Fantasy Suite dates.
However, Carbone says that Arie and Becca have already broken up! That didn't last long!
Arie allegedly began second-guessing himself after popping the question to Becca when the show's finale filmed in mid-November 2017 in Cusco, Peru.
Arie ultimately determined he had made a mistake and decided to try to win Lauren back. Arie did, in fact, reconcile with Lauren, says Carbone, and now the pair are together and dating.
This means fans will watch Arie propose marriage to Becca on The Bachelor's Season 22 finale but then see him with Lauren at his side during the subsequent live After the Final Rose special on ABC, which will show footage of both Arie's breakup with Becca and his reunion with Lauren.
So how did all of this happen so quickly?
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Carbone says Arie called Lauren on the phone on January 1, 2018, which was the night of The Bachelor premiere. He was doubting his final choice at the time.
A source told Carbone weeks later on January 16 that "Arie broke up with Becca" and was "heading to Virginia to film," where Lauren's mother currently resides. Not only after Carbone received the tip, ABC vans were spotted parked outside of the mother's Virginia Beach house.
"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 wrote in his blog.
"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 with [Becca]."
Concerned fans should know Arie is currently happy with Lauren as his girlfriend, but The Bachelor experience was definitely a crazy ride for this 36-year-old pro racing driver!
Now let's rewind a little bit and talk about the next February 26 broadcast ofThe Bachelor.
Arie, working his way towards a possible proposal at the end of the all this, will take his Final 3 women to historic and exotic Ica, Peru for the adventurous and romantic overnight dates in the upcoming episode.
From a thrilling buggy ride along the sand dunes of coastal Peru to an exciting plane tour of the Nazca Lines to a catamaran excursion around the Ballestas Islands, Arie will certainly have his hands full on these dates.
"More torn than ever, Arie acknowledges that he has fallen in love with two incredible women and has professed his love to both," ABC reveals. "However, a blockbuster surprise threatens to derail Arie's fairy tale ending."
Arie will kick off his final week of dates in Peru with a day of dune-buggy riding with Kendall, which will lead to a serious conversation at dinner where the bachelorette becomes more vulnerable than ever before on the show.
According to the network, Kendall will open up about how men often view her as the "novelty girl" or the "quirky" one, and she rarely gets taken seriously. Arie, however, views their relationship as special, and Kendall will allegedly confess her real feelings to Arie.
On Lauren's date, the bachelorette will be preoccupied with thoughts of the other two women, and she will need more reassurance from Arie.
Afraid of getting hurt again after two failed engagements in her past, Lauren will struggle to enjoy her plane tour of the Nazca Lines with Arie.
Lauren will go on to drop a bombshell, and later that night, Arie will convince Lauren of his true feelings with "an extremely emotional declaration," ABC says.
For Becca and Arie's date, they will explore the rich marine life around the Ballestas Islands, just off the southern coast of Peru. The couple couldn't seem happier together, and that night, Becca will reveal when she first realized she loved Arie.
The pair will cuddle in a romantic tent under the stars, and ABC says Arie is compelled to reveal his deep feelings for Becca as well.
The following day, The Bachelor will feature "one of the most dramatic twists in history," says the network, when "a mystery visitor arrives ready to upset Arie's dreams of a happily ever after."
A determined man flies all the way to Peru to win back his ex-girlfriend, and the network reveals a series of intense confrontations will follow.
The surprise visitor will make Arie question which two bachelorettes he should advance to the final Rose Ceremony, and his ultimate decision will allegedly be made at the last minute. As reported above, Arie will eliminate Kendall and set up a Lauren vs. Becca showdown in the finale.
Carbone says the woman who will face her ex-boyfriend in Peru is Becca, and the spoiler blogger insists this man will actually propose marriage to Becca before she picks Arie -- and he in turn offers her the final rose.
To read more about what happens when Becca's former flame storms into the picture, as well as the identity of this man, click here.