Blake Horstmann Said Women Were ‘Throwing Themselves’ at Him When He Was Single After ‘The Bachelorette’

Now that Peter Weber’s season of The Bachelor is over, plenty of other Bachelor Nation stars are talking about their experience with the shows. And Blake Horstmann certainly has plenty of tales to tell about his life before and after The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise.

Horstmann was notoriously heartbroken when Becca Kufrin didn’t choose him at the end of her Bachelorette season. And while he was well-liked prior to Bachelor in Paradise, he made too big of a splash by pursuing multiple women on and off the show. Now, he’s speaking out against his experiences and what life was like for him after The Bachelorette. And he told Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti on their Almost Famous podcast that he got quite a lot of attention.

‘Bachelorette’ Becca Kufrin chose Garrett Yrigoyen instead of Blake Horstmann

Those who followed Kufrin’s season know just how in love Horstmann was. While he was head-over-heels for The Bachelorette and he made it to the finale two, he wasn’t awarded the final rose. And many fans were shocked, as it seemed like Kufrin’s connection with Horstmann was instant and long-lasting.

Elite Daily spoke with celebrity love expert and author Kailed Rosenberg regarding Kufrin’s decision. According to Rosenberg, the winner of Kufrin’s season, Garrett Yrigoyen, appeared much more sure of himself and self-confident than Horstmann. And this ultimately won Kufrin over.

“His sense of confidence is not based on ego or stuff or things around him. It comes from a high level of emotional maturity and intelligence,” Rosenberg said of Yrigoyen. “There wasn’t an energy or vibe about him that was about to dominate [her] nor control [her].”

Unfortunately, the breakup for Horstmann seriously broke his heart. “I truly thought that if it came down to me proposing, that she wouldn’t say no,” Horstman told People. “I thought what we had was real.”

Horstmann isn’t likely to try and find love on reality TV ever again

Blake Horstmann from 'The Bachelorette' holding a Cold Brew Martini at the Rethink Food's Cold Brew Cafe
Blake Horstmann from ‘The Bachelorette’ holding a Cold Brew Martini at the Rethink Food’s Cold Brew Cafe | Tom Cooper/Getty Images for Pernod Ricard

Fans of Bachelor in Paradise heavily criticized Horstmann for his actions on the show. While he showed an early interest in Hannah Godwin, he took Tayshia Adams out on the first date. And Caelynn Miller-Keyes later claimed that she and Horstmann had a relationship prior to the show until he “ghosted” her.

Horstmann attempted to clear his name by talking about his experience on BIP and releasing private texts between him and Miller-Keyes, but it all backfired. Now, he’s coming forward with all the personal difficulties he’s experienced as a result of the backlash and producer manipulation.

Paradise is another level of torture,” Horstmann told students at Indiana University. “I literally wanted to walk into the ocean and keep walking.” He also added, “The producers are evil, but they’re very good at their jobs.”

He said women were ‘throwing themselves’ at him post-‘Bachelorette’

Horstmann might be taking a more careful and considerate approach to dating after all that occurred on BIP. But after Kufrin’s season, he told the Almost Famous podcast that there was no shortage of women looking to go out with him.

“Obviously, it’s a very strange time when women were throwing themselves at me. … I was single, I had fun, but also, I never — and I can’t express this enough — I didn’t play with hearts,” Horstmann told the podcast. “I was always very honest. … It was a weird time where I was not only single, but I was heartbroken. And I definitely think that I found comfort in other things, you know, going out and having fun.”

Horstmann then noted that a lot of the women on Colton Underwood’s Bachelor season showed interest in him, which ultimately led him to his plights in Paradise. However, while he admitted to making mistakes, he still maintains he never purposely hurt anyone — and he thinks producers manipulated him into making certain decisions for more dramatic TV.

Horstmann appears to have learned from some past mistakes. And we’re hopeful he’ll find long-lasting love in the future.

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