'The Bachelorette's Luke Parker addresses controversial premarital sex talk with Hannah Brown
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/16/2019
The Bachelorette bachelor Luke Parker has issued a statement about the explosive conversation that went down with Hannah Brown over their religious views on premarital sex during Monday night's Fantasy-Suite episode.
"It hurt my heart that @alabamahannah felt I was shaming her," Luke captioned a photo of the former couple Monday night on Instagram.
"In our conversation my heart was never to judge or condemn Hannah. I was simply making a decision for myself on what I expected in our relationship, our conversations and our beliefs led me to believe we were on the same page about sex. For me it was never about getting a rose, it was always about finding a wife who would choose me everyday just as I would choose her everyday."
Hannah dumped Luke before the overnight portion of their Fantasy Suite date in Crete, Greece because she felt Luke was judging and shaming her over the idea she might have had sex with one or more of her Final 4 bachelors.
"As for my time on the show I made mistakes and no I'm not perfect (crazy right) I didn't totally behave as the man I want to be and I did not represent Christ the way I thought I was prepared to and that has broken me," Luke continued on Instagram.
"This journey has taught me so much and for that I am grateful but the greatest gift I have received is a compassion for those who love the world and it's ways. My desire is to put the Father first above all things and share the truth that he has given to us all."
The Gainesville, GA, resident concluded, "Thank you everyone for the prayers always remember speak truth and rid yourself of all hate, let compassion drive your words. Stay tuned. #faithfuloverfamous."
"I just want to make sure you're not going to be sexually intimate in your other relationships here. I totally have all the trust in the world for you, but at the same time, I want to know we're on the same page," Luke told Hannah.
"If you told me you're having sex or you had sex with one or multiple of these guys, I would be wanting to go home -- 100 percent."
Hannah expressed she was "mad" because Luke didn't have the right to question or judge her, given he's not her husband. She accused him of being too proud, which is also a sin.
Luke then attempted to retract some of his statements by saying if Hannah did in fact have sex on the show with multiple guys -- which would be "a crazy scenario" or "a slipup," according to Luke -- he'd be willing work through it with her.
Hannah didn't appreciate how Luke said "willing" since she's "a grown woman" who can make her own decisions.
"To make me feel like you would look at me differently and judge me and make me feel like you would not think of me as a woman of faith like I am... you're holding people to a standard you don't even live by," Hannah said.