‘BIP’: Caelynn Miller-Keyes Offered To Do A Joint Interview With Blake Horstmann Before He Released Their Texts But He Refused

Chris Harrison was right when he said that the most recent season of Bachelor In Paradise was the most dramatic seasons yet. A lot of the drama that took place on Mexico this summer stemmed from Blake Horstmann and Caelynn Miller-Keyes.

Caelynn Miller-Keyes and Chris Harrison | John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images
Caelynn Miller-Keyes and Chris Harrison | John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images

Prior to Paradise, the two had spent some time getting to know each other, talking, FaceTiming frequently, etc. But when they both arrived in Paradise, Miller-Keyes felt as though Horstmann was pointedly ignoring her. She told the camera and a few other beach goers that she felt “silenced” by the Colorado native.

When those episodes aired, Horstmann took to Instagram in an effort to save his reputation. In addition to a lengthy post explaining his side of the situation, he released several pages of text exchanges between him and Miller-Keyes to seemingly prove that she had lead him to believe that their relationship was casual in nature.

Miller-Keyes responded to Horstmann’s post with a post of her own.

“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,” she wrote.

Caelynn Miller-Keyes tried to negotiate with Blake Horstmann about the release of their text messages

In a recent interview with Nick Viall on The Viall Files podcast, Miller-Keyes revealed that she and Hostmann communicated prior to his release of the text messages.

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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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“Yeah I mean I talked to him and was like ‘Listen, there are things in there that I feel like are unfair towards you. There’s only so much that can air in the conversations that we had and I’ve talked to multiple people about this. I’m sorry that you’re getting heat.’ I don’t know. I apologized for a lot [before he released the texts],” she said.

Miller-Keyes continued: “I was like ‘If you want me to do an interview, if you want to do a joint interview,’ I said all these things. We talked about it on the reunion and he was like ‘Why would I trust you to do an interview?’ And I was like ‘Blake, come on.’ So he never really gave me that opportunity. I told him ‘There’s a better way for us to handle this. There’s 1,000 percent a better way.”

The incident was a low point for both Blake Horstmann and Caelynn Miller-Keyes

The former beauty pageant queen went on to say that she understands exactly how Horstmann was feeling prior to releasing their texts because it’s how she felt after they were published.

“I get the way that he was feeling because once he released those I was trapped in that same exact corner that he was in, that he was now suddenly a little bit released from. I was thrown into that corner and felt like my world was crumbling, felt like I didn’t want to live anymore, felt just horrible about myself. I remember waking up and thinking ‘Am I really this horrible, horrific person?’ Like that people are constantly bashing me. I get how he was feeling because I felt the same thing,” she said.

The incident was a definite low point for Miller-Keyes, but she says she learned a lot from her relationship with Horstmann.

“It was hell, I mean it was absolute hell. But I’m so happy with the person I am today, the way I’m able to communicate today, and I’m much more aware of my flaws,” she said.

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