‘The Bachelor’: Peter Weber Regrets Sending Alayah Benavidez Home

Peter Weber’s season of The Bachelor hasn’t been short on drama. Early on, there was a lot of drama surrounding contestant Alayah Benavidez. Some of the women told Weber they felt she was “fake” – i.e. they felt she was on the show for “the wrong reasons.”

Alayah Benavidez and Peter Weber | John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images
Alayah Benavidez and Peter Weber | John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images

So Weber sent her home. But then he brought her back on. And then he sent her home again.

How Peter Weber feels about the Alayah drama now

In a recently aired interview with BuzzFeed about his season, Weber was asked if anyone’s personality was different in their interactions with other contestants than it was when alone with him.

“The Alayah stuff comes to mind. I obviously felt very strongly for her and it was tough to let her go the first time. I didn’t necessarily want to let her go. I was influenced a lot, for sure, by some of the women early on about their opinions of her. I struggled with that. Like, ‘How much do I listen to them? How much do I just kind of trust my own heart?’” he said.

Weber continued: “I don’t want to say Alayah was a different person from what I thought she was because I know she was involved in some drama. There was some conversations I saw of her where I was like, ‘Really? You gotta go and say that? You gotta go and spread that when I’m literally sticking my neck out on the line for you and taking all this heat?’”

The bachelor could be referring to when Alayah told some of the women in the house she’d learned controversial contestant Victoria Fuller had dated country music star Chase Rice prior to coming on the show.

At the same time, though, Weber says he “definitely regret[s] sending [Alayah] home.”

The bachelor feels he was too influenced by other contestants to send the former beauty pageant queen home.

“It was a tough, weird situation for me. I had so many people who were so against her in the house. It was such a toxic environment and it was like, you have to make this decision in the moment, even though I didn’t necessarily want to make it, for the greater good. That’s honestly why I did what I did. Do I regret that? Yeah, I do, I’ll be honest,” he said.

Peter Weber would do a lot differently on his season of ‘The Bachelor’

At the end of the day, Weber says there’s a list of things he would have done differently if he could go back. But he doesn’t let them get to him.

“Of course I wish I did things differently. I think anyone going through this kind of experience would have that. But I just know and I can feel confident that in the moment I was making every decision based on my heart and what I thought was the right decision. It’s so easy for people to judge and make all these comments on what I should and shouldn’t have done but I know nothing going around. I know nothing except for my interactions with everyone in that moment. I give myself a lot of self-grace for that,” he said.

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