'The Bachelor' spoilers: Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s winner pick and runner-up -- Plus is he still engaged to his final bachelorette?
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/14/2018
The Bachelor spoilers answer all the questions viewers have about the ending of Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season -- including which bachelorette won Arie's heart, and whether the couple is still together and thriving!
Arie, a 36-year-old pro racing driver turned real estate agent, made some huge decisions in the last The Bachelor episode while in Tuscany, Italy.
Now, only four bachelorettes remain, and hometown dates are right around the corner. So who will get eliminated after Arie meets her family, and which two ladies will duke it out for one rose in the finale?
[Spoiler Warning: Please stop reading now if you don't want the conclusion of Arie's The Bachelor edition to be spoiled for you].
Arie will meet Kendall, an analytical and unconventional bachelorette, in Los Angeles for "one of most bizarre dates in Bachelor history," according to the network, and then he'll travel to Weiner, AR, for a night with Tia -- a feisty southern belle -- and her parents.
Next up will be Arie's visit to Prior Lake, MN, where he'll join the humble and down-to-earth Becca for a romantic afternoon but then must convince her "no-nonsense midwestern family" he's the real deal.
And Arie's last stop will be Virginia Beach, VA, where Lauren and her clan await him. ABC says this hometown visit will be his "biggest test yet," as Lauren's parents are very skeptical of his motives.
At the subsequent Rose Ceremony in Los Angeles, ABC says, "[Arie] can imagine each woman as his wife. He has no idea who he will let go. After finally gathering his nerve, he does something totally unexpected, leaving one woman shocked and devastated. Her heartbreak forces him to re-examine his decision."
According to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone, Arie eliminates Tia after her hometown date, and her exit will be gut-wrenching.
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That narrows down the field of bachelorettes to Kendall, Lauren and Becca.
The group will allegedly travel to Ica, Peru for the Bachelor's round of overnight Fantasy Suite dates. After a series of romantic evenings, Carbone claims that Arie will send Kendall packing.
Lauren and Becca will then receive one-on-one dates with Arie, and he'll be forced to choose between them at the final Rose Ceremony that was filmed in Cusco, Peru in mid-November 2017.
Although he fell in love with both women, Arie allegedly dumped Lauren in second place and gave Becca his final rose.
Arie proposed marriage, Carbone says, and so he and Becca endedThe Bachelor season with a happy engagement!
However, Arie's love life reportedly took a dramatic turn once filming wrapped.
Carbone says Arie began having second thoughts about proposing to Becca in the month-and-a-half between taping and the show's January 1, 2018 premiere.
Arie allegedly determined he had made a mistake, and so he called Lauren on the phone on the night of his season's debut.
A source told Carbone on January 16 that "Arie broke up with Becca and they are heading to Virginia to film," where Lauren's mother lives. A photo surfaced hours later, proving that ABC vans were parked outside of the mother's home. The source claimed Arie was inside the house as well.
Arie's breakup with Becca and reconciliation with Lauren were allegedly both filmed for the show, so the two emotional events will air as part of The Bachelor's Season 22 finale in March.
If Carbone is correct, Arie will be dating Lauren -- not Becca -- when he appears on After the Final Rose.
Lauren and Arie are supposedly very happy together right now, but Arie never proposed marriage.
"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 bragged 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 to a woman who had an ex-boyfriend show up, propose to her, have her REJECT IT, and then accept Arie's proposal."
The woman Carbone was just referring to is Becca, so to read what happens when Becca's ex-boyfriend storms ontoThe Bachelor set trying to win her back, click here.