The Amazing (and Savage) Things That Happened After Arie Luyendyk Jr. Heartlessly Dumped Becca Kufrin on ‘The Bachelor’
Publicist Becca Kufrin was just another woman looking for love … however, she was competing against 24 other women on reality television for just one man’s heart.
Season 22 of The Bachelor took a riveting, painful turn when producers filmed Arie Luyendyk Jr. breaking up with season winner (and fiancé) Becca — and aired the footage unedited for the world to see. We rounded up background information on the dramatic finale as well as the totally incredible and savage things people (and an entire state) did in support.
Wait, remind me what happened?
- Arie was torn between finalists Becca and Lauren Burnham
- He proposed to Becca — then took back the proposal
As the 22nd season drew to a close, host Chris Harrison rightfully dubbed the finale “the most shocking moment in Bachelor history.” Following the season finale, where Arie proposed to Becca, producers aired Arie and Becca meeting up for what she thought was a weekend getaway — when it was actually him calling off the engagement and admitting his love for runner-up Lauren.
Fans and the media took issue with the heartless way Arie allowed the producers to film the breakup, as well as the show’s candid display of Becca’s heartbreak. So, the public rallied behind Becca in a show of support no Bachelor contestant has ever seen before.
Next: How the support of Becca began
1. Fans donated to Becca via Venmo all so she could get a few drinks
- An Instagram user noticed Becca’s Venmo account piling up with donations from fans
- They sent her money for drinks, vacations, and Uber rides
2. Celebrities started to match that money and it went to a good cause
- ABC and Katie Couric matched the $6,000 Becca received from fans
- Becca donated all the proceeds to Stand Up To Cancer
One personal fact about Becca that her time on The Bachelor revealed was her mother’s past battle with breast cancer and her father’s brain cancer. While her mother is a breast cancer survivor, her father died from the disease when Becca was 19.
Host Chris Harrison brought up the generous fan donations on the “After The Final Rose” episode. “I love my wine, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think I can drink that much,” Becca joked with him. So, instead of hold onto the funds for a lifetime of wine, Becca chose to donate the money to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), an organization dedicated to researching a cure.
Next: Becca experienced support from the entire ‘Bachelor Nation’
3. Former bachelors and bachelorettes stood behind Becca
- Becca developed a support crew in the form of her Bachelor friends and fellow contestants
- Former bachelors and bachelorettes rallied behind Becca too
Becca found a great support system in the form of five friends who understood (to a degree) her situation: her fellow season 22 Bachelor contestants. Tia Booth, Caroline Lunny, Bekah Martinez, Sienne Fleming, and Kendall Long squeezed onto the “After The Final Rose” couch to hug Becca and offer their (harsh) feelings about the finale.
Other former bachelors and bachelorettes showed their support for Becca on social media. Season 20’s bachelor, Ben Higgins, pledged to donate profits from each bag of coffee his Generous Coffee Company to SU2C for a few days.
Next: The country took its support public — and to the highways
4. 17 billboards were put up in support of her
- Becca’s hometown Minneapolis, Minnesota put up 12 billboards for their star
- Four went up in Los Angeles and one in Times Square
Fans erected 17 billboards for the publicist to support her during her heartbreak. “Becca, you’ll always have a rose from Minnesota,” a digital billboard read. “Arie, not okay. Just leave,” another commanded.
OutFront Media, the company that owns the digital billboards, explained why they changed the billboards in support of Becca. While many thought ABC was responsible, fans anonymously paid OutFront Media to have the billboards changed.
Next: Becca’s home state took things to the extreme
5. Minnesota tried to ban Arie from the state
- Minnesota state representative Drew Christensen drafted a bill to ban Arie from Minnesota
- He began his campaign on Twitter and followed through
After Minnesota fans erected the 17 billboards calling out Arie, state representative Drew Christensen took things a step farther. “If this gets a thousand retweets I’ll author a bill banning Arie from Minnesota.
#TheBachelor #PriorLakeLakers,” Christensen tweeted. The tweet succeeded 12-fold.
Christensen kept his promise and revealed a photo of the bill he drafted on his Twitter account. “The state of Minnesota hereby adopts a policy of zero tolerance of Arie Luyendyk Jr. from season 22 of The Bachelor. It is state policy that every person in the state has a right to live free from the presence of Arie Luyendyk Jr. in the state,” the bill reads.
6. She was selected as the network’s new bachelorette
- Fans speculated one of Becca’s friends would be selected the next Bachelorette at first
Three short months after Arie broke up with Becca for runner-up Lauren Burnham, ABC selected her the next Bachelorette following the level of public support she received, unparalleled to any previous contestant on the show.
Despite the quick turn-around from fiancé to ex-fiancé to dating again, Becca told People she was ready for the journey. “It does scare me,” she said. “I’m sure it would [scare] any human, knowing that I was just engaged, I was in love. But I have so much love to give and I want just a partner in life. I’m not afraid to date these guys and find the one who is the best fit for me — I welcome that with open arms.”