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The Bachelor Winter Games: Ben Higgins Leaves in Tears

The Bachelor Winter Games is more than just a way to pass the time between Bachelor episodes and reading each of The Bachelor Spoilers that leaks.

It's also a wild ride. This episode saw a very memorable Ghost homage on a surprisingly successful date. There was also an epic kissing contest with high stakes.

But Ben Higgins realized that he was in the wrong place. After talking it over and crying over Lauren Bushnell, he decided that it was time to leave.

For starters, it turns out that Dean and Lesley aren't just both beautiful -- they're both pretty good with a pair of skis, blowing everyone away as they raced down the slopes.

Josiah couldn't help shading Dean Unglert at little -- referring to Dean having "so many women at his disposal."

It sounds like a compliment or perhaps even a neutral description, but it's to remind everyone of Dean's disastrous love triangle in Paradise.

And Clare is much harsher about it.

(Oh, Deanie Babies, the Bachelor Nation is still so disappointed in you)

However, Dean and Lesley won two date cards and after a lot of soul-searching, decided to hand off one of them to Kevin and Ashley. Which is how we got this:

That's right, folks.

Kevin Wendt and Ashley Iaconetti did a full-on Ghost reenactment.

You'd think that a date that includes Ashley confessing that she's a virgin would be spent awkwardly, but Kevin was totally understanding.

(He is, after all, Canadian -- politeness is kind of their brand)

That didn't stop either of them from enjoying their spin pottery date. And Ashley said that she could really see herself falling for Kevin.

A lot of folks are rooting for these two.

After Tiffany realizes that it was time to say goodbye, Ben Higgins started questioning whether The Bachelor Winter Games was really best for him at the moment.

This resulted in the tearful heart-to-heart that he had with Chris Harrison, which you can see in the video below.

"Coming back to a place like this really brings up a lot of weird memories."

He says that he's haunted by the "ghosts" of his past, which means that this would have made a great Halloween episode. Alas.

"And then, to try to engage in relationships here, and know that the last time that I did this was one of the best moments of my life. ..."

Sometimes, you don't know that you're in the wrong place until you're there.

"But, right here, right now, it just doesn't feel right."

"My fear is not entering into a relationship, my fear is not pursuing somebody."

But he does know what his real fear is:

"My fear is that if I [were] to be broken again, I'm not full enough right now to recover from that."

We can totally understand that. You need to feel secure in yourself, emotionally. Some wounds stay raw for longer than you would think.

And perhaps being on The Bachelor Winter Games has exacerbated that.

And then he talks about what sounds like being deeply impacted by comments and fan speculation -- and not only that which was hurtful or intentionally hurtful.

By leaving, Ben Higgins (and Michael and Yuki) missed out on the kissing contest, which was judged by Rachel Lindsay, JoJo Fletcher, and Arie Luyendyk Jr.

Which means that Dean, Luke, Josiah, and Bibiana were engaging in a makeout contest ... in front of their exes.

Awkward beyond reason.

The best kissing was definitely Ashley and Kevin -- they got a standing ovation.

The worst? Josiah and Ally. Ally threw up right beforehand, and that's just not a recipe to a good kiss.

Take a look at Ben's tearful conversation and decide for yourself if he was right to leave:

The bachelor winter games recap ben higgins leaves in tears

Tia Booth: Will I Be The Bachelorette? Well …

Maybe you're completely hooked on Arie's season of The Bachelor ... or whether you're just watching to see if The Bachelor Spoilers hold true.

Either way, you had to be captivated by Tia Booth's heartbroken farewell and her deeply emotional exit.

In the video below, she's opening up about that experience, everything that she said, and ... whether she would star on The Bachelorette if asked. Her answer was refreshingly honest.

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Tia Booth won over many fans with her Arkansas charm.

If you read our The Bachelor recap, you know that Arie's narrowed down his choices to the final three.

Before that, however, it was time for hometown dates.

Everyone's families tend to have concerns, but Tia's families had done a little internet sleuthing (okay, you don't really need to be a sleuth to type Arie Luyendyk Jr's name into the search bar), and found out about Arie's reputation.

As a playboy. As a womanizer. As possibly someone who's on the show to improve his brand rather than to find love.

(Do you think that they read that Arie is allegedly great in bed?)

In the end, though, Arie was able to charm Tia's concerned loved ones and assure them that he's not some sort of snake in the grass.

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Tia's family may have accepted Arie, but Arie sent Tia packing. Her sobs really tugged at your heartstrings.

Because rumors have been mounting that Arie has broken off his engagement already, maybe it's a good thing that Tia got her heart broken here and now.

A devastated Tia moved audiences with her tears as she said farewell to Arie Luyendyk Jr.

And then, in the car, she admits that she's tired of feeling like she isn't good enough.

So ... how's she feeling now that the dust has settled?

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Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Tia Booth says that she'd jump at the chance to become the leading lady on The Bachelorette.

"I think it would be an amazing experience getting to be the Bachelorette and to get to meet some amazing men."

A lot of people are coy about their desire to fill that roll. Not Tia.

Good for her.

She also says that it would probably present different but interesting challenges.

"I know it would be tough, but I would kinda be in control and in charge."

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She thinks that she could really benefit from being the Bachelorette.

"I think it would be another learning and growing experience, and I'm all for that."

She has the same rationale for being all for that experience as she did for going on The Bachelor, pretty much.

"Thirty years from now, I don't want to say, 'Well, I turned that down because I was scared or nervous.'"

Hey, that's a great way to live if you want to seek out new experiences.

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Even if Tia doesn't end up becoming the leading lady, we could still see more of her and her journey for love.

"I would love to be in Paradise. I would love to continue on this Bachelor journey."

More than many, she knew what she was getting into before the joined the show, since Raven Gates had already been on that adventure.

Even if Tia isn't the next Bachelorette, Arie Luyendyk Jr. is evidence that she could always be called back -- even years from now.

Here's the video of her interview:

Tia booth would i be the bachelorette well

The Bachelor Recap: And Then There Were Three …

Arie Luyendyk Jr. went on four magical hometown dates this week on The Bachelor. But only three women would earn roses to advance.

Were The Bachelor spoilers on point, as they have been all season long, regarding which three bachelorettes earned overnight dates?

While speculation continues to swirl about Arie ending his engagement after the finale, we're still a few weeks away from that conclusion.

When The Bachelor Season 22 Episode 8 kicked off, Arie expressed the usual reservations about meeting the four women's families.

After all, protective fathers and father figures are never lacking, and Lauren Burnham’s dad, a military man, was true to form Monday.

No, he didn't threaten to “f--king kill” Arie to his face, as ABC's promos implied, but he was dead serious about protecting his daughter.

We can sort of see where Lauren gets her personality from after watching the first half of her hometown date. It was quiet. And awkward.

Lauren Burnham Photo

Eventually, though, they did warm up to him - surprisingly, more so than some of the other families he met, or at least about the same. 

He seems to be falling for Lauren Burnham more than the other three combined, although Becca Kufrin might argue with that comment.

On her hometown date, Becca's uncle stepped in to fill the role of father figure, as he has in her life ever since her father passed away.

Ultimately, Arie talked Uncle Gary off the fence as well, while the adorable Minnesota native continued to charm him around the clock.

Becca could be a dark horse to win this.

Becca Kufrin

Meanwhile, Kendall Long showed Arie how to mount a taxidermy rat, which you'd think would've been the weirdest part of their date.

But then we met her twin sister ... Kylie.

Yes, Kendall and Kylie. Unfortunately, the show didn't attempt to pass Kylie off as Kendall to fool him, or make Kardashian quips.

In Arkansas, Tia Booth's family did a little Internet research before he came to Weiner and found out a bit about Arie’s playboy past.

Arie denied that he was a playboy, chalking it up to being on TV and in the tabloids and whatnot. They largely believed his story.

Tia Booth

Unfortunately for Tia, who seems as open to marrying Arie as anyone, his decision on whom to send home came down to her.

He struggled with this decision, partly because he genuinely cares for all four women, and also because he can't commit. At all.

Just putting that out there.

Arie pulled Kendall aside before the rose ceremony to ask if she was really ready for this. She was still unsure ... but got a rose anyway!

Instead, a devastated Tia is heading back to the Natural State in a state of confusion as to how Kendall got an overnight date instead.

Rachel Lindsay: Lauren Burnham Will Win The Bachelor! Show’s Over!

The Bachelor's coveted hometown dates begin tonight, with Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s final four women introducing them to their families.

According to one woman who's been on both sides of this Bachelor milestone, however, three of them might as well not even bother ...

Lauren Burnham Pic

... because Arie's made up his mind. Show's over. Go home. Turn out the lights, move along, nothing more to see here folks.

And Rachel Lindsay, last year's star of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, isn't basing this on The Bachelor spoilers, either.

In Lindsay's view, Lauren Burnham wrapped this thing up on last week's episode, before the hometown dates even began.

The crazy part, Rachel writes, is not that Arie has an established favorite at this point, but that it's her, in spite of red flags.

Many red flags. Like very red, and a lot of flags.

Rachel Lindsay Motives You

Rachel believes this is a major cause for alarm:

"There are a lot of new things that Arie and Lauren B. are experiencing together but one thing remains constant: the lack of communication."

"This is surprising because [the] lovebirds are on this Italian adventure exploring a different country and one another for the first time."

"Still, they have nothing to talk about."

"Those are not red, white and green flags waving in the distance, those are red ones. Is it just me or is this not alarming?" she continues.

"Arie is again concerned about his relationship with Lauren B., as he should be. I, too, am worried that there is no depth in this relationship."

Arie The Bachelor

Lindsay notes that Arie himself even admits that "he is trying so hard … harder than in any other relationship" to make it work.

Why, though? Is that part of the appeal of Lauren Burnham? "I wonder: is this love, infatuation, or just the hard-to-get challenge of it all?"

Even when she did open up, "she only says she is falling in love with her words because there is absolutely no emotion in her face."

His response? "Arie gets up and walks away."

"We never get the full answer of why he does this, but my best guess is that he is overcome with so much emotion that she is falling for him."

What the heck is going on with these two!?

The Bachelor: Lauren B

Rachel's theory on what happened?

"I personally think he took a moment to run off, jump for joy, click his heels together in the air, and scream with delight into the night."

"He comes back to her and says all of the following without hesitation: 'I want it so bad for us.' He is falling 'deeply' in love with her."

"Ummmm, excuse me for two seconds. What did Arie just say? All further dates will be painful and pale in comparison to this one."

"That’s it! Show is over … there is nothing more to see here. He literally just told Lauren she is the one and everyone else is a placeholder."

Arie Luyendyk: The Bachelor

Yup, that was it, says Rachel: "Arie is on Cloud 9 with Lauren B. while the other women are looking up at them from their hotel rooms."

"I would be so upset if I were the other girls watching this at home. In hindsight, it is too bad they all couldn’t have the foresight Jacqueline did."

Crazily, Lindsay may be right ... but:

If you believe The Bachelor spoilers, Arie's final rose winner and the person he is with right now are not the same person.

That's all we're going to say about that here, but how's that for an epic twist in the making as the home stretch begins?!

Lauren Burnham: Engaged TWICE Before The Bachelor!

As The Bachelor spoilers predicted, the lovely Lauren Burnham has become one of Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s favorite's this season.

What the spoilers hadn't told us before now is that she has a romantic history much more complicated than she's letting on ...

Lauren Burnham Photo

The blonde beauty is obviously striking, but what strikes a lot of fans is how little she's opened up on her last two dates with Arie.

Her apparent reluctance to let her guard down was even more notable after Arie surprisingly said he's falling in love with her.

Keep in mind that hometown dates haven't taken place yet and this is one of four women we may see Arie Luyendyk engaged to.

So what is it about Lauren that captivates him so? And why does she seem hesitant to reveal much of anything about herself?

Well, there's the matter of her engagements. Plural.

Lauren Burnham

Despite all the attention paid to Bekah Martinez's age (22), Lauren Burnham is just 25. Yet she already has a pair of ex-fiances.

She confessed that she's been engaged before, but The Bachelor producer Rob Mills says there's more to the story than that.

"We will find out on her hometown... she's actually been engaged twice," he said, teasing Arie's trip to Virginia Beach next week.

According to Bachelor spoiler god Reality Steve, she was engaged to her high school sweetheart, then to hockey player Chris Crane.

The couple split in 2016 and not on good terms.

The Bachelor: Lauren B

According to Mills, Arie senses that there's something under the surface with her, which is why he revealed his ex-girlfriend's miscarriage:

"That's what was so interesting. He chose Lauren to tell that story to, not Chelsea [Roy]. That would be the person to tell it to, the single mom."

"No, he tells Lauren. It was like, let me tell you the darkest, most personal story that's ever happened to me just to pull something out of you."

"It was mildly successful."

Some fans theorize that Burnham's physical resemblance to former Bachelorette star Emily Maynard might be a factor here as well.

Lauren B. From The Bachelor

"Someone said Arie is so hung up on Lauren B because she looks like Emily and I'm so shook right now," one fan tweeted.

"Honestly the torch Arie is holding for Emily is embarrassing at this point," another said, wholly convinced this is the case.

"Especially since there were so many other blondes with great jaw structures he could've kept around instead of Lauren B."

"This is nonsense."

It is nonsense ... that anyone believes that. He may have a type (gorgeous blondes), but we doubt he's still hung up on Ems.

All we know for sure at this point is that he's completely smitten with her, and that everyone else is on the outside looking in.

Becca Kufrin, Kendall Long and Tia Booth are still in the running, but have their work cut out to make the overnight dates.

Lauren looks like a lock.

Whether or not she should be - and whether Arie should be concerned about her two failed engagements - is another story.

What will he learn in Virginia and how will that change his mindset going forward? Will she finally open up to him for real?

Bekah Martinez Reveals How She Became a Missing Persons Case

If you follow The Bachelor Spoilers, Bekah M's elimination probably wasn't a huge shock.

But you know what was weird for everyone? Reports that Bekah M's mother reported her missing while she was on The Bachelor

As you'll see in the video below, Bekah herself is now explaining everything to Jimmy Kimmel.

Bekah martinez eliminated

If you read our The Bachelor recap or watched the episode, you know that Bekah Martinez -- the famously young contestant -- was finally eliminated from the competition.

Tia, in her desperation to win Arie, sabotaged Bekah M by telling Arie that the 22-year-old isn't ready for marriage.

And then Bekah got eliminated, though Tia didn't really do herself any favors, either.

All of this comes on top of the story of how Bekah came to be reported missing to the police.

As the story goes, Bekah Martinez's mother didn't know where Bekah was while she was on The Bachelor, vying for Arie Lyendyk Jr's heart. And so her mother ended up reporting her missing.

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As you'll see in the video below, Bekah -- though she was definitely reported missing -- wants to clear the air, which is why she spoke to Jimmy Kimmel.

"I wanted to set the record straight. See, a lot of people thought I lied to my mother, saying that I was on a farm when I was actually on The Bachelor."

Very specifically, a marijuana farm in Northern California. Police note that some such farms are still unlicensed, and any illegal business can be dangerous. Particularly for a young woman.

"But no, I had already been eliminated from the show."

Which, of course, happened under the cover of secrecy. But she did head out of town for a while.

"And I just decided to go up to the mountains for a couple of weeks."

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She describes how her mother came to worry.

"And I was there for six or seven days without phone service, [and] I thought that I was going to have phone service. And I'd told my mother that I would."

Some parents are fine with that (again, Bekah is an adult). Others, well, start to panic. And apparently Bekah realized that she'd been out of touch for too long.

"And you know, I just had this weird feeling on like the sixth or seventh day, I was like 'I need to go home now.'"

But it was a little too late.

"So I got in my car, drove to where I had service, called my parents. And, yeah, come to find out, only twelve hours before, my mother called the Humboldt Sheriff’s Department saying that I was missing."

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Bekah does clarify that yes, this was a marijuana farm, though she clearly prefers to characterize the place as "the mountains."

"I’m not a weed farmer. I’m still a nanny in L.A."

Obviously, folks, she doesn't want to get a reputation. See, her friend has a marijuana farm.

Bekah was just there visiting in the aftermath of what must have been a bizarre and high-pressure experience filming The Bachelor.

Also, it's great that she and so many of her fellow contenders keep in touch.

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Our favorite part of that interview might be when Bekah confesses that she'd have preferred if the leading man had been Peter.

You and the viewers both, girl. The Bachelor Nation has not been subtle about how they feel about Peter or about Arie.

And speaking of Arie's reputation with fans, it was speculated before this season got started that Arie was on the show to build up his brand.

Bekah is 22. Arie wouldn't endear himself to anyone by sending her home in the first episode, but his glaring age gap would have made him seem creepy if he'd taken her too close to the end. For this reason, a lot of fans were not surprised to see Bekah go.

But a lot of folks were sorry to see her leave. She was such a treat.

Bekah m reveals how she became a missing persons case

Jade Roper Responds to Breastfeeding Photo Backlash

Fun fact: not all Bachelor in Paradise romances lead to disaster. Every now and then, a couple emerges and they stay together. In fact, Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert got engaged, got married, and then Jade and Tanner welcomed their first child!

Jade Roper recently shared a precious breastfeeding photo and got slammed for it.

Now that the dust has settled, she's speaking out.

Jade Roper Tolbert After Breastfeeding

it started with this photo and the accompanying caption:

"Mommy PSA! Nursing Emmy has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life (I adore these after feeding snuggles, too)."

It's not just a source of nutrition -- it can be an incredible period of bonding.

"It’s so incredible how our bodies transform during and post-pregnancy. But all nursing mommies out there know how difficult finding a good, functional nursing bra can be!"

Well, here comes the product placement.

"@thirdlove has created a comfortable, practical and beautiful nursing bra that FITS! You go on their site and take a quick fit finder quiz and they ship the bras straight to your door."

Tanner and Jade Roper Tolbert

But at least she offers a promo code.

"Even better they offer a 100% fit guarantee! They have a wide range of styles and sizes for every woman. (I also got a beautiful lace bra)."

"Use my code JADE15 for 15% off your first order! #mythirdlove"

As precious as the picture, snapped right after she was breastfeeding her adorable baby, was ... she got some backlash, and took to her Instagram story to address it.

"So, I had some comments about the picture I posted of me and Emerson after I was breastfeeding," she said.

"People telling me they don’t look like that when they breastfeed and that I was setting up a standard that’s impossible to live up to."

Jade Roper on Her Wedding Day

She did look super nice in that photo.

"The truth about that picture is I had a photo shoot the day before and I hadn’t taken my makeup off, so that’s literally the day before’s makeup."

She shouldn't have to explain why she had the gall to look nice in a photo ... but that definitely explains it.

"And it was slightly staged -- we positioned Emerson just right to make the picture [work], but that was literally right after I had fed her and she had fallen asleep on me and we do have those moments where we snuggle so I don’t get what’s so unreal about it."

Any photo that isn't a candid is slightly staged.

She clarifies that her real life is a good deal messier.

Jade Roper Photo

"People were telling me I shouldn’t cover up," she said.

"I was actually getting flack for putting a cover over my baby which I just don’t understand why that would be something people would give me s--t about."

You can cover up your boob or you can leave it exposed, folks.

That's your right as a human being. One person's campaign to go topless should not be read as a mandate for another to cover up.

"And my baby is feeding right now and I’m still going to cover up because that’s what I feel the most comfortable with."

"I feel like I don’t need to share all of that with the world, that’s not the message."

Jade Roper of The Bachelor

"It’s just that women should be able to do what they feel like they need to do for their babies."

Exactly! She can cover up or not. Again, her choice.

"And my baby is feeding right now and I’m still going to cover up because that’s what I feel the most comfortable with."

"I feel like I don’t need to share all of that with the world, that’s not the message."

"It’s just that women should be able to do what they feel like they need to do for their babies."

It turns out that her reply to the backlash was well-received, because she posted again -- with this throwback pic.

Jade Roper and Newborn Baby

"You guuuuys, thank you so much for all the support I've received about my Instagram stories earlier," she said.

"It truly, truly means so much to me and I tried to read every kind and empowering message from each of you."

"I was very emotional earlier. I think it's because my nursing relationship with Emmy is one of my most favorite mommy experiences (even though it's had its ups and downs, because it's an ever changing experience)."

"Thank you for letting me be myself and express how much I love being a mom and thank you for letting me express myself when I feel like I'm failing as a mom (or failing others) or I feel unsure of myself."

She finishes that photo's caption with:

Jade and Tanner

"All the moms out there that support each other, you're the best. *This is my favorite post-feeding picture of Emmy and me, I can't believe she used to be this little.'"

It's a shame that she got backlash for looking her best for a photo. Famous people don't owe you the nitty gritty messiness of human existence.

It's also a shame that people give her a hard time for covering up. That is every bit as bad as giving a woman a hard time for not covering up.

What's liberating for one woman can be horrifying for another.

If she had to get criticized for something, you'd think that it would have been for posting what looked like a sponsored post without following FTC guidelines on the #ad hashtag.

The Bachelor Recap: Arie’s Final Four Revealed!

Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s Bachelor JOURNEY has reached the final four. Would The Bachelor spoilers be proven correct as to their identities?

NOTE: If you haven't read The Bachelor spoilers, there's a lot of chatter about who we see Arie Luyendyk engaged to ... and more.

On The Bachelor Season 22 Episode 7, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and his seven remaining women traveled to Tuscany. The stakes?

Four roses, three tickets home. No pressure at all.

The first one-on-one date went to Becca K., who wasted no time in admitting that she’s falling for him and wants to take him home.

That got the job done, to the surprise of no one. She's been a favorite from the start, albeit slightly under the radar. Still is.

More surprising is the fact that Jacqueline is still around, having received so little screen time until last week's installment.

The Bachelor: Rebecca

Not surprising, we suppose, is the fact that she's having doubts about whether her relationship with Arie is at the right point yet.

Believing that she's not confident enough in their future to warrant a hometown date, Jacqueline ultimately sends herself home.

Well, that will make his life simpler at least.

The next one-on-one date went to Lauren B., who is still struggling with the fact that she was engaged before and heartbroken.

She’s starting to fall in love with him, though, and despite how awkward her confession got, he said that he's just really nervous.

The Bachelor: Lauren B

Arie said he's “falling so deeply in love” with her and that he feels vulnerable as a result. Lauren B. may just be the one for him.

Seinne is not the one for him. Despite a really nice, random Italian family-oriented date, Arie's just not there with her just yet.

As a result, she was cut loose without a rose.

That means Bekah, Tia and Kendall were left vying for the final two roses on a dramatic, winner-take-all 3-on-1 group date.

Bekah opened up about struggling with being away from home; Tia struggled with the fact that Bekah is still on the show.

The Bachelor: Tia

Repeatedly questioning whether this 22-year-old could possibly ready for something serious, she even brought it up with Arie.

Tia then told Bekah that she relayed this to Arie, causing Bekah to break down and cry in Arie's arms. Not overdramatic at all.

The really winner of this exchange? Kendall.

She got a rose without hesitation after this display, while Tia and Bekah continued their race to the bottom in pursuit of this guy.

At the end of the date, Tia survived and got the rose, leaving Bekah crushed, and not just because she's on a missing persons report.

Who do you think will win the final rose?

Will it be the newly-minted frontrunner Lauren B., the consistently strong Becca K., or one of the dark horses, Tia and Kendall?

Is there an epic twist in store for us?

Hit the comments below to discuss, and pour a little Zinfandel out for Bekah M. Hope she's doing okay back on the marijuana farm.

The Bachelor Recap: City of Fright

Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season of The Bachelor is building toward an epic conclusion - one The Bachelor spoilers have already spelled out.

If you haven't read any Bachelor spoilers, well, you're not gonna believe who we see Arie Luyendyk engaged to ... or the aftermath.

For now, though, we're sticking to the task at hand - recapping the latest and greatest moments of Arie's debacle ... sorry, journey.

On The Bachelor Season 22 Episode 6, the crew traveled to Paris and took a trip down the Seine River, and to the Moulin Rouge.

Most significantly, Krystal and Kendall were chosen for the dreaded two-on-one date, and let’s just say it lived up to expectations.

Krystal, who's made a habit of rubbing people the wrong way and is seen as the season's villain by many fans, came in confident.

Kendall had other ideas.

Krystal and Kendall

Arie also started to develop some more doubts of his own, regardless of his feelings for Kendall, about Krystal's obvious insecurity.

Krystal, who already dug herself a deep hole with her shenanigans last week, implied that Arie wasn’t smart enough for Kendall.

Not usually a way to turn a guy on.

Then she turned the tables around and insinuated that Kendall wasn’t good enough for him because she wasn't ready for marriage.

Basically, they would be a horrible match! What is she even doing on this date? Just give me the rose now, Arie! Now!!! Please?

The Bachelor: Krystal

The comment about Kendall's readiness for marriage was particularly dubious, since it was based on zero knowledge whatsoever.

Whether she's ready for that kind of commitment or not, Kendall certainly showed maturity beyond her years in how she handled Krystal.

Rather than rage, she reacted with compassionate advice; Krystal perceived this as patronizing, but that's how bullies should be handled.

Anyway, Arie sent Krystal home. It had to be done.

In a sense, it seemed cruel to do this while Kendall was also present, but on the flip side, that likely helped guarantee his safety.

The Bachelor: Kendall

In other news, Arie told Lauren Burnham on an awkwardly quiet one-on-one date that he really “would love … for you to like me."


Arie revealed for the first time that a previous girlfriend of his was pregnant with his child at one point but she suffered a miscarriage.

Lauren, meanwhile, was engaged to her last boyfriend. Heavy stuff, but the two forged a real connection and she took home the rose.

His other one-on-one date went to Jacqueline, who is apparently still on the show, and it was kind of a non-starter. Literally.

The Bachelor: Jacqueline

When he showed up for their date in a red convertible, the vehicle broke down before they even got out of the parking lot.

Rather amusing that the alleged race car driver couldn't get it going, but hey, he's a driver, not a mechanic, are we right?

The couple's date went well at the end of the day; Arie can laugh at himself at least, and great memories can come from mishaps.

Jacqueline may be a bit late to the party as far as capturing Bachelor Nation's attention, but she's made it this far for a reason.

She could be a contender yet.

The Bachelor: Rebekah

The big group date of the night was to the Moulin Rouge for a dance lesson involving obligatory ornate costumes and cattiness.

Plenty of awkwardness ensued.

America's favorite marijuana farmer Bekah Martinez received the rose at this event, proving that she can clean up well!

At the stomach-churning rose ceremony, Arie sent Chelsea - the mysterious, maligned Maine mom - and Jenna home.

And then there were six ...

Bekah Martinez: The Bachelor Contestant Listed on Missing Persons Report, Found on Show

Sometimes we see The Bachelor spoilers coming ahead of time. Other times not so much, such as in the bizarre case of Bekah Martinez.

No, we're not talking about her age (so damn young!) but the fact that she was on a Missing Persons List prior to being found ...

... on The Bachelor.

Bekah Martinez

Yes, she was just removed from a missing persons list in California after someone recognized her from the hit show, according to reports.

The strange saga unfolded after the North Coast Journal asked if readers knew any of 35 people declared missing in Humboldt County.

One did.

Acting on a tip from a member of Bachelor Nation, the publication compared Martinez’s Instagram photos to her missing person’s photo.

At that point, they reached out to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, where officials reached out to her using her phone number on file.

It worked. After speaking to Bekah Martinez, officials confirmed that she was indeed not missing, and she was removed from the list.

The Bachelor: Rebekah

According to the sheriff's office, the now-infamous Martinez was reported missing by her mother at about 1:06 a.m. on November 18.

The mom hadn’t heard from her since November 12; Martinez last told her she was planning on working at a marijuana farm in the area.

Martinez’s mother told deputies she she asked Bekah to come home; Bekah refused, and said she would see her in 7-8 days.

At the time, Martinez told her mom that she was near Eureka, Calif., an area about 45 minutes from any known marijuana farm.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office attempted to contact Martinez and others associated with her, receiving no response.

The case went to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, where a deputy contacted Martinez’s mother.

Bekah and Arie

According to Martinez’s mother, Bekah had contacted her late in the afternoon on November 18, stating that she was headed home.

As of December 12, no one had heard from her, and deputies were not able to make direct contact with Martinez after that point.

Thus, she was entered into the Missing and Unidentified Persons System and not removed until The Bachelor fan's sighting.

Bekah may have left her mom hanging, but she's been active on Twitter and Instagram throughout the time she's been missing.

On September 17, long before she disappeared, she posted that she was “giving up” her phone and social media for weeks.

This was for The Bachelor.

Bekah From The Bachelor

She resumed posting November 23 after she finished filming (incidentally, if you want to know who will win The Bachelor, follow the link). 

Bekah addressed her Missing Persons status on Twitter: “MOM. how many times do I have to tell you I don’t get cell service on The Bachelor??”

“Honestly the scariest thing about this story is that my efforts to conceal The Worst Drivers License Photo Of All Time have been thwarted."

Clearly she's not taking this too seriously.

As for the marijuana farm component of this story, Northern California has long been known as fertile ground for the product.

Now that it's legal, gigs on the farms are seen as a good way to make money, but often times are in remote places with no cell service.

Bekah Tweets

According to officials, many of the farms don’t have permits and are still illegal, and many who go to work on them don't come back.

“It’s something that we’ve been battling with for years,” said one local official to People. “It’s actually a huge problem here."

"I’m sure that her mother had a legitimate concern ... women can be held against their will, or forced to do things they don’t want to do.”

Sounds even worse than being on The Bachelor.

The Bachelor Recap: Krystal Unclear

Four weeks in, Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s journey on ABC's The Bachelor is in full swing ... and building toward a crazy conclusion.

If you haven't read the latest Bachelor spoilers, you're not going to believe what happens on the finale ... and its aftermath.

The Bachelor: Krystal

We'll just leave that right there, but even if you don't believe what The Bachelor spoilers say, the stakes are getting higher.

This week, on the fifth installment of the young season, Arie's 12 remaining ladies kept going all out in their quest for roses.

On a group bowling date in Fort Lauderdale, the women split up into two teams, cleverly titled Spare Roses vs. the Pin-Ups.

Arie also licked his ball, which was kinda strange.

The stakes were high, with a private after-party with Arie on the line for the winning team only, and the Spare Roses prevailed.

Arie The Bachelor

Arie felt bad, though, about bringing the women on a group date to Florida and excluding half of them from the private party.

So he did the right thing and invited the losing team too ... only Krystal got f--king furious that he WENT BACK ON HIS WORD.

She packed her bags and refused to attend the party, chilling in her robe in the hotel and throwing a private pity party instead.

Arie went up to convince her otherwise, but after speaking with her, ultimately told her she should stay put and not come down.

This is really setting the couple back!


Krystal did show up later, but rather than letting it go, decided to confront the women about their "behavior" on this journey.

Young Bekah M. turned the tables on her, calling her a liar for going back on HER word after showing up at the party after all.

She has a point, you gotta admit.

Amazingly, she defended this to Arie by saying that the date was especially emotional for her, growing up in a bowling alley.

You can't make this stuff up. Earlier, Chelsea recevied a one-on-one date and made a surprising admission in that setting.

The Bachelor: Chelsea from Maine

The single mom from Maine opened up about the father of her son, but that didn't deter Arie, who loves single moms and kids.

She got the rose, as did Tia after her one-on-one date in the Everglades, which seemed right up the Arkansas native's alley.

It was not unlike her friend Raven Gates' back country hometown date a year ago, which was probably not a coincidence.

At the end, Tia told Arie she was falling in love with him. Bold move, but he seemed into it, so you might as well go for broke,

At the rose ceremony, Arie unsurprisingly sent Maquel, Ashley and Marikh home, leaving just nine women in the competition.

The Bachelor Sneak Peek: I’m F–king Done!

The Bachelor has narrowed the field to 12 women after four episodes, and some of the surviving dozen are cracking under the pressure.

With an epic twist still to come (according to The Bachelor spoilers), you can cut the tension with a knife on the ABC hit lately.

According to the network's official synopsis, Chelsea (above) receives the first one-on-one date this evening in Ft. Lauderdale.

A luxury yacht awaits, but will her suspect past doom her chances of walking back onto shore with a rose and continuing her journey?

Meanwhile, eleven women split into two teams for a day of competitive bowling - and a private after-party awaiting the champion.

Chelsea Roy, as we know, is a single mother who has told Arie Luyendyk Jr. about her son. That part shouldn't faze him at all.

However, during dinner, she'll share an emotional story with Arie about her past that might change the equation quite a bit.

The other one-on-one date goes to Tia Booth - a major contender, Bachelor spoiler insiders maintain - at the Sawtooth Park Reserve.

There, in the Florida swamps, she too reveals something daunting about her past which could torpedo the duo's romance right there.

Later, the women decide to confront one of the women about her behavior at the cocktail party. It's a pretty easy guess who.

Krystal Nielson reportedly boycotts the cocktail party in favor of "throwing a fit in her room," which doesn't go over too well. 

Arie spoke to Krystal about her struggles last week, during which we learned that she's insecure and feeling bullied on set.

We'll see if she survives another week. 

Ditto Arie's youngest competitor. Last week, we learned that Bekah is so damn young, Arie thought about ending it right there.

He didn't, but the age factor isn't going away, and you can bet that she will be among those particularly on edge this evening.

With three more women set to go home, and a trip to Paris on the line following this rose ceremony, there's no room for error.

Check out a sneak preview of this evening's show below for a glimpse of some of the fireworks that await Bachelor Nation:

The bachelor sneak peek im f king done

The Bachelor Spoilers: Arie Ends Engagement, Starts Dating Runner-Up!!

NOTE: The Bachelor spoilers contained below are true spoilers. Do not read on if you don't want to know the outcome and then some.

It wouldn't be a season of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette without some twists and turns, but man alive does this one take the cake.

Arie as The Bachelor Pic

Reality Steve, the Oracle of Bachelor Spoilers, revealed weeks ago who will win The Bachelor 2018, and it looks like he's still right.

Just with an epic twist that comes later.

WARNING: This is your last chance to turn back, because we're about to reveal what happens at the end of this season and its aftermath.

Arie Luyendyk Jr., as predicted, ultimately presents his coveted final rose to Becca Kufrin, a 27-year-old account executive from Minnesota.

However, his engagement to Becca is already over, and that's not all: Arie is back together with Lauren Burnham, this season's runner-up!

How the heck did we get here?

Arie Luyendyk: The Bachelor

According to Steve, Arie started calling the 25-year-old saleswoman from Dallas the night of the Bachelor season premiere January 1.

He revealed that he was having second thoughts about breaking up with her at this season's final rose ceremony in Peru.

It looks like they got to talking while his romance with Becca (below) was crumbling, and that he pulled off a masterful switcheroo.

Fast forward to last week and a number of TV vans were spotted parked outside of Lauren’s mother’s house in Virginia.

"Arie ended his engagement with Becca a little over a week ago and is now dating Lauren," Steve says in no uncertain terms.

"That’s why he was at Lauren’s parents’ house.”

The Bachelor: Rebecca

Arie himself seemed to foreshadow trouble in paradise by saying repeatedly in interviews that he “fell in love with two women this season.”

Guess that wasn't just a marketing gimmick.

The post-show incident brings back memories of Jason Mesnick getting engaged to Melissa Rycroft on the season finale in 2009 (above).

On the After the Final Rose special, he revealed that the engagement was off, and tried to rekindle things with runner-up Molly Malaney.

He and Molly are happily married with kids.

As for whether Arie will follow that path, we have our doubts, given his track record and the fact that his engagement lasted two months.

The Bachelor: Lauren B

Jason became America's Most Hated when he pulled this, and he had a sterling reputation ... can't exactly say the same about Arie.

It's hard to see Arie and Lauren (above) standing the test of time, or even making it through the end of 2018 to be perfectly honest.

(On a side note, how funny is it that Bekah's age (22) was the focal point of an entire episode, yet he ends up with a girl who is ... 25.)

Wow! So damn young!

We'll see what the producers and the media have to say about the Bachelor spoilers between now and then, but mark March 5 on your calendars.

It's gonna be wild.

The Bachelor Recap: So Damn Young!

We're only three episodes into Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s journey for love on ABC, but The Bachelor spoilers are holding up nicely thus far.

There's a long way to go until The Bachelor 2018 winner is revealed, but spoilers aside, the contenders are starting to emerge.

This week, on the fourth installment of the young season, Arie and his 15 remaining ladies took a road trip to Lake Tahoe, Nev.

What surprises awaited them there? 

Most significantly, one big question we’ve had since the beginning of the season was answered, as we now know Bekah's age.

After some horseback riding and so many stolen kisses, Bekah revealed to the 36-year-old Bachelor star that she is only ... 22.

Arie recoiled, calling her “so damn young” and asking Bekah repeatedly if she was ready for a commitment like this at that age.

The Bachelor: Rebekah

Her answers weren't exactly compelling, but hey, Bekah's pretty and one of the "most amazing" people he's ever met, so she stayed.

Meanwhile, Krystal continued to pit herself against the rest of the women, who she felt were trying too hard to procure Arie’s attention.

Yes ... on The Bachelor.

Krystal vented to Arie that she was feeling bullied, frozen out, even targeted by the other women on the show, but she's staying too.

She even interrupted Arie just before the rose ceremony so she could talk to him one-on-one, making just about everyone's eyes roll.

The Bachelor: Krystal

What she had to say was pretty much unrelated to the situation, except for making the other remaining women loathe her even more.

One absolute gem of a quote:

"I feel like it’s hard for me to really, like, shine who I am while trying not to be intimidating to the girls I spend the majority of the time with."

"I come across as flawless.”

Okay. She also mused at one point about how “I don’t know how I’m gonna get through the elimination of all these women.”

It can be brutal for sure.

The Bachelor: Tia

In other news, Tia got the group date rose, while Maquel abruptly left the show after finding out her grandfather passed away.

Perhaps a DRAMATIC RETURN unlike anything we've ever seen before in BACHELOR HISTORY awaits us next Monday.

At the rose ceremony, Arie dispatched Brittany and Caroline, leaving only a dozen women vying for a life with Arie Luyendyk.

A life which he actually described as kind of boring in his speech to Bekah, but perhaps it wouldn't be all that bad day to day.

Who knows.

Nick Viall and January Jones: Dating!

We guess that Nick Viall won't be giving Corinne Olympios that second chance after all.

As bizarre of a match as this is, Nick Viall is dating ... January Jones. It's Bachelor villain meets X-Men villain.

And it looks like things got started not too long after Nick and Vanessa Grimaldi parted ways. Whoops.

January Jones Close-Up

Getting a date with your celebrity crush isn't easy. Usually, anyway.

It helps if you're also a celebrity. Specifically, if you're a famously gorgeous celebrity actress who happens to gush about her own celeb crush while on television.

Speaking to James Corden, January Jones revealed that she is a Bachelor superfan, saying:

"You don’t know if you like him or if he’s a scumbag, but that’s why I’m attracted to him, maybe"

A Viall Selfie

Most people might not be turned on by being called a scumbag, even if they're called attractive in the same breath.

Nick Viall is clearly not most people.

(It probably doesn't hurt that January Jones is almost absurdly gorgeous on top of being a talented actress with roles on Mad Men and in X-Men First Class)

According to Page Six, that's how Nick Viall and January Jones met. Well, it's how they ended up going out for drinks.

Their source claims:

January Jones at the 2015 Emmys

"They’ve been dating for about two months."

And it started with her confession to James Corden.

"She went on ‘The Late Show’ in ­mid-November and said Nick had reached out to her and tried to get her to lip-sync battle with him."

That would have been interesting to see. Emphasis on would have.

"She declined, but then he asked her out to a drink and she accepted. They’ve been seeing each other since."

Nick Viall Sleeping

Of course, if Nick Viall was already trying to do a lipsync battle with her, perhaps there was already some mutual attraction.

But let's take a look at this timeline.

Back in August, Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi broke up.

If you're still shocked when Bachelor couples break up ... we don't know what to tell you. Most of them do.

It's almost like reality television's cameras don't prompt people to be their most authentic, honest selves! (Who knew?!)

Also, their split after 5 months was, by our count, Nick Viall's fourth failure to find love through the Bachelor franchise. Yikes.

We can, at least, guess with reasonable confidence that pining after January Jones isn't what ended things for Nick and Vanessa Grimaldi. It sounds like this new relationship started a couple of months later.

January Jones in Violet Grey

Maybe this romance with January Jones is exactly what he needs to actually have a successful romance?

Or maybe the Bachelor cameras weren't the only problem, and Nick Viall was the common factor that ended things again and again.

We hope not.

Not for the notorious Bachelor villain's sake, but for the sake of January Jones.

She maybe wasn't my first choice to play Emma Frost, but she's great and she doesn't deserve heartbreak.

And let's not forget that January Jones has a young son, folks. Dating gets more complicated when someone involved has kids.

The Bachelor Recap: Wrestling For Roses

If The Bachelor spoilers have taught us anything, it's that every season has a hero, a villain and some absolutely shocking twists.

Okay, maybe they're not all that shocking, but they're head-turning enough to be dubbed the FIRST IN BACHELOR HISTORY. 

Arie Luyendyk Jr. Throws

This week didn't offer too many jaw-droppers, though it did get us one week closer to finding out who wins The Bachelor 2018.

The first group date on this third episode of the season was brought to you by the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, or GLOW.

Naturally, the reality show spun this into its own acronymed offshoot entitled GLOB, or the Gorgeous Ladies of The Bachelor. 

Grab some Advil, as the eye-rolling may be so persistent and extreme that it actually gives you a minor headache after awhile.

Maquel, Jacqueline, Lauren B., Tia, Marikh, Bekah M., Bibiana and Krystal were coached by veterans of the original GLOW.

The Bachelor: Bibiana

After plenty of tough love from the coaches and a few tears, the women got in the ring and channeled their pro wrestling alter egos.

It was actually somewhat entertaining at times, but the levity was short-lived after the group date when Krystal "stole" Arie. 

Yes, she pulled that s--t again.

Bibiana tried to tell him about the drama with Krystal, but he was unmoved, and at the end of the date, Bekah M. got the rose.

Lauren S. got the one-on-one date this week (there was only one of them) and spent it at a Napa Valley winery with Arie.

Sounds awesome, but it wasn't. The date was one of the most awkward on the show in some time, and she left with no rose.

The Bachelor: Lauren S

Lauren S.’s departure was a topic of discussion back at the house, and naturally Krystal made more enemies taking about it.

The next group date featured more trauma for Annaliese, who moved from last week's “bumper car trauma” to a fear of dogs.

Oh yes, the group date - in which the girls and Arie got to partake in dog-show tricks with a group of pups - was scary for her.

Fortunately, Annaliese overcame her rough experience with a dog in her childhood and was determined to kiss Arie at the end.

Not that he seemed interested, but whatever. At least she hung tough while Chelsea received the coveted group date rose.

The Bachelor: Chelsea from Maine

At the cocktail party, Bibiana and Annaliese were getting increasingly antsy to get a rose or a kiss or an acknowledgement from Arie.

They came up empty on all fronts.

Annaliese finally caught up to Arie and mentioned how many other girls had kissed him. His response to that obvious invite?

“I just don’t think we’re there yet.” 

Ouch. Annaliese’s feelings were hurt, and he followed that up by sending her home on the spot when she wanted answers.

At the rose ceremony, Arie sent Bibiana packing, rounding out the night with three eliminations on this leg of the journey.