'The Bachelor' spoilers: Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s winner, runner-up, and remaining 2018 season details
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/01/2018
The Bachelor spoilers leave little to the imagination as far as how the rest of Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s 2018 season of the reality dating show unfolds -- including which bachelorette receives Arie's final rose and whether he's still in a relationship.
The Bachelor's 22nd season is half over, and Tia Booth was the first girl to confess to Arie that she was falling in love with him.
And in his blog this week, Arie admitted that he was falling in love with Tia too. And she's probably not the only bachelorette who has begun stealing the 36-year-old pro racing driver's heart.
Bekah Martinez has also been a frontrunner this season, and Arie seems pretty smitten with Kendall Long. And as fans are well aware, Krystal Nielson has been the troublemaker so far this season, but Arie continues to keep her around.
[Spoiler Warning: Please stop reading now if you want don't want to learn the details of Arie's The Bachelor journey before they air on ABC].
So did Arie get engaged at the end of the process? If so, to whom? And what's the current status of Arie's post-The Bachelor romance?
According to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone, Arie's Final 2 comes down to Becca Kufrin, a 27-year-old publicist from Minneapolis, MN, and Lauren Burnham, a 25-year-old technology salesperson from Dallas, TX.
The final Rose Ceremony was filmed in Cusco, Peru, and allegedly featured Arie giving his final rose -- and a Neil Lane diamond engagement ring -- to Becca!
While Arie's search for love ended happily with the humble and down-to-earth Becca at this side, Arie reportedly experienced some doubts, second thoughts, and regrets once The Bachelor wrapped filming.
Carbone says that Arie called Lauren on the night of The Bachelor's January 1 premiere and the couple got back together! That's right. That means Arie allegedly dumped Becca and ran back to his runner-up, Lauren, asking for a second chance.
Arie and Lauren are now together and dating, Carbone insists, but Arie has yet to propose marriage.
Arie realized he had made a mistake in choosing Becca within two months of getting engaged in November 2017, Carbone says.
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"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.
The only time something like this happened before was on Jason Mesnick's season of The Bachelor when he had dumped Melissa Rycroft during After the Final Rose and begged for his second-place finisher, Molly Malaney, to take him back. (The couple is together to this day with a child).
On January 16, a source told Carbone that "Arie broke up with Becca and they are heading to Virginia to film," where Lauren's mother currently resides.
A photo then appeared hours later in a private Facebook group, showing ABC vans parked in front of the Virginia home of Lauren's mom.
Carbone discovered that cameras filmed Arie's breakup with Becca as well as his reunion with Lauren, and all of this footage will be shown on the live portion of The Bachelor's March 5 finale.
"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," Carbone ranted.
"[Arie] gave it a whopping two months before taking back that whole day and immediately asking Lauren to date [him]," Carbone continued.
"Are you serious? Un-be-lievable. The season is a joke, he's a joke, and I feel sorry for Becca. This is your ending to this season and you will see it play out during the finale."
The rest of Arie's Final 4 bachelorettes -- who avoided this crazy mess -- were Kendall, a 26-year-old creative director from Los Angeles, CA, and Tia, a 26-year-old physical therapist from Weiner, Arkansas, Carbone claims.
Kendall finished in third place and was eliminated after her overnight Fantasy Suite date in Ica Peru with Arie, while Tia placed fourth and was sent packing after her hometown date in which Arie met her family.
Ironically, Kendall makes it this far without ever going on a one-on-one date with Arie.
The next The Bachelor episode, filmed in Paris France, is set to air on February 5, and 10 women are still in the running for Arie's heart.
Lauren will enjoy a one-on-one date with Arie in which they'll travel on a luxury speed boat down the Seine River and explore the Luxembourg Gardens together.
"But their date gets off to a slow start filled with awkward silences and forced conversation as they try to get to know each other," ABC revealed.
"Lauren struggles to open up, but later at dinner, she reveals a secret that she worries might ruin her chances. Will the couple make a breakthrough and forge a connection?"
However, Carbone says Lauren will receive a rose at the end of her date with Arie.
Arie will then surprise a group of women with a visit to the legendary dance hall, Moulin Rouge. The six bachelorettes will receive private dance lessons and then learn they will be performing onstage that night with The Bachelor star.
In Episode 7 of The Bachelor, which was filmed in Florence, Italy, both Lauren and Becca will embark on solo dates with Arie, and they will both receive a rose from the Bachelor.
Carbone isn't sure of the week's details, but he says Bekah will go home this week, and he'll send Seinne Fleming packing during the Rose Ceremony.
As for Jacqueline Trumbull -- who hasn't received much screentime this season -- she will allegedly choose to leave the show on her own after realizing her relationship with Arie hadn't progressed as quickly as some of his romances with other women.
Jacqueline comes to discover she and Arie aren't a perfect match.
Below is a list of the 10 bachelorettes who will appear on the upcoming episode of The Bachelor:
- Becca Kufrin, a 27-year-old publicist from Minneapolis, MN