Ovaries around the world exploded when Season 8’s debuted and gave us Arie Luyendyk Jr., a then-race car driver who was handsome and sweet and had hella good hair. Arie had hearts melting for obvious reasons, but when it came to single mom Emily Maynard, it sadly didn’t pan out. Maynard ultimately chose Jef Holm over sweet, sweet Arie. But the reality TV gods were apparently listening to our cries, because Arie is now set to be the newest so we can watch him get his shot at love once more. But why did Emily break up with Arie on in the first place? Was he sweet? Was his hair nice?
And, while her relationship with Jef didn’t pan out, Emily did find love once more with her now-husband Tyler Johnson, with whom she married in 2014 and now has three children with (as well as her older daughter, Ricki, from a previous relationship). Since the announcement of Luyendyk Jr.’s as the newest Bachelor, Maynard has been very vocal about her thoughts on her former flame’s new gig. She told ,
She also added, “I’ll be wishing him nothing but the best because that’s absolutely what he deserves!”
Honestly, that’s super sweet and all, but if she thought he was such a “gentleman” and thinks that the girls on this season are “lucky to have him,” why in bloody hell did she pass him up in the first place?
In case memories from 2012 are far too distant for you (no judgement here, I can’t even recall what I ate for dinner last night), here’s the brutal clip where we watch Emily take Arie’s heart and crumble it into a million pieces:
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It’s like you can the moment his heart shatters.
Maynard confessed, “You know how i feel about you, from our very first date and even beyond that, I felt like it was going to be me and you, and I don’t know anymore,” and continued, saying, “I never thought that I’d have to make a choice between you and anybody, I thought it was just going to be me and you. Honestly. I want you to know…. I’m sorry.”
Cue tears streaming down Maynards face, and a dissappointed Luyendyk Jr. walking away.
And apparently, Arie’s feelings were totally real, telling that because of his deep love for Maynard, he’s yet to feel that “same feeling” for anyone else. He said,
So does this mean that Arie will find love now that he’s the newest Bachelor? Apparently, YUP, he does. And not with just one girl, either.
That’s right. Our man Arie confessed to that he fell in love with not one, but TWO women. He said,
OK while it’s technically not a “forever” decision, he definitely has a point.
Either way, I am here to watch Arie and that gorgeous hair of his fall in love once more on my TV screen.