The shocking finale of The Bachelor that resulted in Arie Luyendyk proposing to Becca Kufrin, only to dump her a few weeks later for the runner-up Lauren Burnham, really struck a chord with fans of the show. Millions watched the breakup that turned out to be so brutal, people are sending Kufrin money to help mend her broken heart.
Luyendyk’s sudden change of heart sparked outrage in Bachelor Nation, and many began sending Kufrin money via Venmo – a digital app – with notes of encouragement and well wishes.
“Nobody deserves to be done that dirty. Have a drink on me. #treatyoself #girlcode,” wrote one fan.
“You handled yourself like an absolute champ. Grab a glass of wine on us, wishing you the absolute best!!” wrote another.
It is unclear how much money fans have sent the 27-year-old because Venmo doesn’t disclose amounts given. However, it seems she definitely has enough for at least a few fun nights out to drink her troubles away after suffering through a breakup on national television.
It all played out this week on TV after Luyendyk gave Kufrin the final rose and a ring while they were in Peru for the finale. But, cut to just a few weeks later, when the Minnesota-based publicist arrived in Los Angeles for what she thought was a romantic weekend, Luyendyk told her that the engagement was over, and he was still in love with Burnham.
Now that the shocking twist is all out in the open, Kufrin has started to talk about the breakup, but she doesn’t think that the former race car driver is a monster. She added that she doesn’t think Luyendyk thought everything through, but he didn’t maliciously try to break her heart.
An insider claims that Luyendyk dumping Kufrin in front of cameras has humiliated her and her family. Producers aired an 18-minute uncut version of her breaking down after Luyendyk told her he had changed his mind.
Now, fans of the show and former contestants are waging a campaign on social media for Kufrin to be the next Bachelorette.
Meanwhile, ABC has come under fire for choosing to air the excruciating moment unedited. Kufrin had no idea what was coming, but Luyendyk had discussed it with producers and host Chris Harrison in a pre-recorded segment.
As a result, Luyendyk blindsided Kufrin in front of multiple cameras, and ABC seemed too happy to promote the scene as “uncut, unedited, and unbelievable.”
For many fans, it just went too far. Some people found it exploitative and tacky, while others called it mean. But the biggest reaction from people is that the network shouldn’t have aired it in the first place.
Breakups are hard enough. But to have someone film it and then put it on TV for people to watch you get your heart broken, that’s just a slap in the face.
Kufrin came out on top though, she will be looking for love as the next Bachelorette later this year on ABC.