Blake, 32, appeared on Wednesday's episode of the "Behind the Rose" podcast and addressed Becca's recent "Click Bait with Bachelor Nation" podcast claims that she and Blake were not romantically involved before she hopped on a plane to Mexico to film Paradise.
"Honestly, at this point, it's just, like, something I don't know if I even want to waste my breath. I just feel like at this point, it's just a waste of time. Listen, I was hurt by the podcast -- and like you said, it's no secret that we were hanging out prior," Blake, 32, said, according toUs Weekly.
"I don't think it was some secret -- like, [it] wasn't at all. More than anything, I was hurt by it."
Becca, 31, essentially insisted she and Blake have just been friends, and she suggested Blake had lied about or exaggerated the depth of their pre-Bachelor in Paradise relationship.
But Blake hinted something definitely went down with Becca, whether it be emotional or just physical, and she's allegedly the one not being truthful.
"My friends certainly know the truth. I think most of the people in Bachelor world know the truth. Her friends sure as sh-t know the truth. So it's like, it is what it is," Blake reportedly claimed.
"The one thing I'm gonna say is maybe Becca is protecting something or someone, and for that I respect her."
Blake, who finished as the runner-up on Becca's The Bachelorette season in 2018, didn't specify whether he thinks Becca is trying to protect a relationship she began on Bachelor in Paradise's seventh season, which is currently airing Monday and Tuesday nights on ABC.
"But it just sucks that it happened the way it did... I'm just never gonna talk about her again. Because anytime I do, sh-t gets written in everything, and it just gets everything blown up more so," Blake explained.
"But it is what it is, moving on. At least I know now so I can move on," Blake concluded.
Following Becca's split from herThe Bachelorette winner, Garrett Yrigoyen, Blake said on the August 20 episode of the "Reality Life With Kate Casey" podcast that he and Becca "did kind of chat here and there" and "were back in touch within the last, like, six months."
Suggesting he and Becca were possibly getting back together, Blake shared, "It kind of came down to if she was going to do Paradise or not... I would be willing to talk, of course. But we'll see how Paradise works out [for her]."
But Becca subsequently told a different side of the story regarding her dynamic with Blake.
"Umm, listen, Blake and I have always been friends. We've always been supportive of one another," Becca insisted on "Click Bait."
"In terms of the 'talking,' yeah, I mean, we've been in touch very sporadically, but nothing that I would say would warrant... a potential relationship."
Becca insisted the term "talking" sounds very misleading, adding, "The conversation [Blake] had [on the podcast] seemed very misleading... Yeah, it was interesting for me, as a listener."
"Click Bait" co-host and Becca's fellow Bachelor in Paradise 7 contestant Joe Amabile therefore pointed out how it seemed Becca and Blake were "talking" before her Bachelor in Paradise stint -- but not romantically.
"Correct," Becca confirmed.
"Like I said, Blake and I have always been on great terms. We've been friends for a while. It's no shock because, like, I've done his podcast. He came on my tour when I was touring for a few shows."
She elaborated, "So nothing romantic [happened] that I think people should be running with right now, if that makes sense."
Rumors have swirled about Becca and Blake dating and flirting for months now, and Blake admitted during his podcast appearance that once Becca and Garrett ended their engagement in September 2020, he wondered if there was something "still there" with Becca.
As a result, "Click Bait" co-host Natasha Parker asked Becca if she'd consider dating Blake in Paradise had they reunited on the beach in Mexico.
"Would you have explored something? Is something still there for you?" Natasha questioned.
"No," Becca replied, "No."
Becca said another "interesting" part of Blake's interview was when he claimed The Bachelor production wouldn't want to see Becca and himself together and may try to keep them apart.
"That show can change you and those producers get a hold of you," Blake alleged.
"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 -- also said on his Instagram Stories in July he didn't want to appear on Paradise's seventh season for the sake of his mental health because he believes the franchise "breeds toxicity and emotional abuse."
Becca explained on "Click Bait" of the whole situation, "[He] made it seem like we're not together because of production or whatever, and at the end of the day, like, we're two grown adults that make our own decisions."
"If we're not together, then it's because we chose not to be together. Right?" Becca added. "It can't be put on anyone else. So that was the only part where I was like, 'What the hell?'"