‘Bachelor In Paradise’: Nick Viall Says Blake Horstmann Premeditated Releasing Text Messages From Caelynn Miller-Keyes

Blake Horstmann has been at the center of a lot of drama on the current season of Bachelor In Paradise. In the first few episodes, it was revealed that Horstmann spent some time with both Caelynn Miller-Keyes and Kristina Schulman prior to filming this summer.

Blake Horstmann | John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images
Blake Horstmann | John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images

As all of this drama was airing on our TV screens, Horstmann took to Instagram in an effort to save his reputation. He wrote a lengthy post about how he was being portrayed and how the things Miller-Keyes was saying weren’t true. He also posted text exchanges between the two of them that took place during Stagecoach and just before filming for Bachelor In Paradise began.

The texts show Miller-Keyes coaxing Horstmann to “loosen up” and “have a good time” with her at Stagecoach. Horstmann texted: “We can cuddle but no sex lol” and she responded: “If I come over it’s strictly for sex. Nothing more nothing less.”

Then a week before Paradise, the two texted each other to discuss whether they wanted to tell other people about their night together or keep it to themselves. 

“Dude I’m shaking/Who knows?/And how?/We’ve been so careful/What happened?” Miller-Keyes texted Horstmann. “I really don’t want to tell people but I also don’t want people finding out and looking like a liar.”

Ultimately, the pair seemed to decide that it was “better to be honest.”

Caelynn Miller-Keyes’ response to Blake Horstmann publishing their text conversations

Shortly after Horstmann’s Instagram post, Miller-Keyes posted a lengthy caption of her own saying she was “absolutely mortified our private texts were put out there for the world to see and judge.”

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Here we go… I am not here to deny those text messages or the conversations that took place. Things got taken out of context on the show, and a large part of the story is missing. The reality of the situation is that Blake was not a one night stand at a music festival and the ‪5 am‬ text exchange that Blake chose to share is not an accurate representation of our past relationship. I take ownership for what I said on the beach. I was upset and I let my emotions control my words. However, I did not go on a show to ruin someone’s character. I attempted to address my feelings and the situation with Blake face to face. It’s unfortunate that I didn't get the same respect in return, and I am absolutely mortified our private texts were put out there for the world to see and judge by someone who I trusted and consider a friend nonetheless. It’s clear to me that Blake and I had different ideas of what our “relationship” was. We started talking months before Stagecoach. We FaceTimed everyday and talked about potentially skipping paradise to be together. When I say he ghosted me, it was after those few months of us talking.  It was my understanding there was no one else and I thought we were on the same page. What infuriates me the most is that I’m being trolled for having sex because of what I’ve been through. I want to be very clear that I am not looking for sympathy. I took the necessary steps to move on and heal, but I will not be abstinent for the rest of my life because of it. This is a complicated situation considering it’s not only on TV, but has taken a life of its own on the internet.  This could’ve been over after last night’s episode, but since it’s now all over Instagram, I felt like it was imperative to share my truth. We all have our own perception of how different situations unfold and there are many sides to this story. I hope that we can all move forward and support one another, rather than tear each other down. I have moved on and I am excited to continue to share the rest of my journey with you all.

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Bachelor Nation seems to be split about the drama. While many Bachelor alums showed their support for Horstmann when he first posted to Instagram, several others have said he went too far posting Miller-Keyes’ text messages. 

How Former Bachelor Nick Viall feels about the Blake Horstmann drama

Nick Viall recently spoke about his thoughts concerning the Miller-Keyes, Horstmann drama on his podcast, The Viall Files

He explained that he “learned some information” at the wedding of Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Hibbon over the weekend. 

“I know, by talking to a lot of people over the weekend, that Blake admitted, ‘I know that she is going to look bad,’” he said. “I know that he threatened people about releasing these text messages for months in anticipation of this coming up, which makes it all that more premeditated.”

He continued: “Then he ended up deleting it when it got really nasty, but it’s not like he didn’t realize. This whole idea, ‘I didn’t think this would affect her the way it did’ — he knew. He admitted to it. There’s texts out there of him saying this.”

“It was premeditated, he knew it,” Viall added. “It makes it all that much more nasty.”

Viall says that his main issue with the whole thing is that “Blake tried to show up to Paradise and pretend to be someone he’s not.”

“He wanted people to keep thinking he was, say, more Ben Higgins than some other f— boy,” he said. “It didn’t go his way and then he decided to retaliate”

“It was more important for him to try to change people’s opinions back to like, ‘Oh, Blake is just a sweet boy who this was just one weekend where he got a little drunk and had a little bit of sex.’ No, he’s been, like, f—ing like crazy for an entire year,” Viall added.

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