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Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham: We Bought a House!!

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham have already set the date for their upcoming nuptials. Thanks to some heavy hints, most fans are expecting a TV wedding.

But this controversial couple has some more practical things to address before the world hate-watches their wedding ceremony.

They've bought a house. But choosing the right one wasn't easy.

Love Them or Hate Them...

Speaking to Us Weekly, Arie Luyendyk Jr. discusses buying a house with fiancee Lauren Burnham.

"Buying a house is obviously another huge step in our relationship."

It sure is. It's also considered to be one of the most stressful experiences that a person can undergo.

But Arie sounds thrilled.

"And we are excited to really make this our home."

They settled on a brand new house, for reasons that Arie explains.

"It was built this year and we can’t wait to move in!"

Since the new home has 2,607 square feet of space, we can understand why.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Kiss

The couple apparently looked at nearly 70 properties before settling on the one that they wanted!

Arie and Lauren must have really wanted to be sure that they picked the right house.

(Or maybe just Arie did ... Arie has famously been accused of not liking women who have strong opinions and many in the Bachelor Nation believe that he calls the shots in the relationship)

They apparently considered purchasing a home that would be a real fixer-upper, but Arie says that they ruled that out.

"Lauren was completely overwhelmed."

Which is why they settled on a very new home. It will be less personalized (because they won't be doing a bunch of upgrades right away), but also less of a headache.

They apparently made an offer on the first home before changing their minds, which is starting to look like a pattern for Arie. But perhaps it's just a coincidence.

Arie and Lauren and a Dog

Arie says that it was love at first sight. With the house, we mean. He's clearly less decisive about women.

"From the minute I walked into this house, I had a good feeling."

Lauren apparently took a little longer to fall head over heels for the house that they selected.

But she got heart eyes when she saw the home's master closet.

If you've ever watched any show about renovations or home-buying (or both!), or if you've gone through that process yourself, you know how one feature of an already good home can really make you light up with excitement.

Arie Proposing to Lauren

Us Weekly says that Arie and Lauren also kept their "furry friends" in mind when selecting the house.

To be clear, they mean their dogs, Dallas and Bastain. They're not talking about dudes in fox costumes.

Lauren explains:

"Our dogs are very excited. They are each going to have their own room …"

She doesn't necessarily mean that literally.

"I mean it does have four bedrooms. And, a big backyard to run around in, too."

You know, they say that a lot of Millennials who switch from apartments to houses do so because they're motivated to get large yards for their dogs.

Lauren is a Millennial. Despite looking like a Gen Xer, Arie is on the older side of Millennials, too. Just saying.

Arie and Lauren After the Final Rose

Lauren also talks about how it was totally easy to say goodbye to her friends and uproot her entire existence to go be with Arie.

"Arizona has been a really easy adjustment for me as I’ve moved around my whole life."

She says that Arie's been helping her to adjust to the change in scenery.

"It has been fun exploring the area and Arie is a really good tour guide, so that helps."

There are some who say that human settlements in Arizona should not exist, because of the horrifying weather. But Lauren seems to be fine with it.

"I’ve been making friends and trying to get settled in but we really haven’t been here all that long yet."

Well, she's pretty and she's also famous. Those are two great ingredients for making friends immediately.

Her husband may not be well-liked by the Bachelor Nation, but he's made a name for himself in his hometown.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham: Headed to Marriage Boot Camp?

As Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham's wedding date looms, a lot of fans -- and haters -- can't help but wonder if Arie's going to change his mind again. It's not unprecedented, after all.

However, Arie and Lauren sat down with Dr. Ish and Dr. V from Marriage Boot Camp recently.

Those counselors, experts in relationships and the signs that they are doomed, are dishing on what they observed.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham, Marriage Boot Camp

The controversial couple was spotted dining with Marriage Boot Camp counselors Dr. V and Dr. Ish at the Arizona Biltmore, a Hilton Hotels' Waldorf Astoria resort.

(Disclaimer, the Arizona Biltmore is part of the "Biltmore Hotel" chain, and not affiliated with the Vanderbilt family or the actual Biltmore Estate)

People spoke to the counselors about Arie and Lauren's relationship and what the two experts had observed about the two of them.

Dr. Ish said:

"When I see Arie and Lauren, I see a couple who’s both in love and happy to be together."

He continued, pointing out that this was a special situation that bodes well for thier future.

"Which is great for them because sometimes both of those things don’t always happen at once."

That makes sense. Sometimes people who are in love drive each other up the wall.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham with Marriage Boot Camp Counselors

Dr. Ish continued his assessment, speaking about the nonverbal signals that he had detected between the two of them.

"They held hands and sat close to each other the entire time."

So it doesn't necessarily take an expert to decipher that they are affectionate.

"That body language says to me that they are literally into each other.​"

Dr. V's commentary was a bit more succinct.

"They seemed genuinely happy."

Arie Proposing to Lauren

Arie is the sort of person who looks like he has the voice of a Game of Thrones villain but actually has the voice of a villain from a romantic comedy set at any American beach in 1997.

So we can't say that it was a huge surprise to the Bachelor Nation that he didn't win as huge of a fanbase as some previous stars have during his season.

But until the information first leaked, few suspected that Arie was going to ditch the winner just weeks after he'd proposed to her on camera so that he could go running back to his runner-up.

And no one in their wildest nightmares imaged that Arie would invite ABC's cameras to witness his cruel breakup from Becca Kufrin.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Kiss

But he and Lauren seem genuinely happy with each other.

Based upon the assessment by Arie's ex, Bekah Martinez, it sounds like he weeded out the women who were more assertive.

He settled on Lauren in the end, who was infamous during the season for not having spoken very much in contrast to her fellow contestants.

So it seems safe to say that Arie prefers to take the lead in his relationships. Which ... says a lot about him.

It's really no surprise that Lauren is coming to live with Arie in Arizona instead of the two of them finding a new place to live.

Here's a question: Does she even know anyone else in Scottsdale who isn't Arie?

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham in Iceland

There was a time when Marriage Boot Camp was a show reserved for, you know, couples who were struggling romantically.

These days, it sometimes seems to be about reality couples who want more exposure.

Which could make it a perfect next stop for Arie and Lauren. The Bachelor Nation is huge, and surely at least some of people would tune in, if only to hate-watch.

But this sit-down may have just been a mutually beneficial photo-op and nothing more. Only time will tell.

Besides, at the moment, Arie and Lauren are busy planning their wedding -- they don't really have time to schedule a TV appearance.

Aside from their TV wedding, that is.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham: Wedding Date Revealed!

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and his fiancee Lauren Burnham have made it clear that they intend to get married ASAP

But though they've spoken about possibilities for their upcoming wedding, they haven't announced any concrete plans.

Now, thanks to one fan's snooping, the Bachelor Nation knows some details. Including a wedding date.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham in Iceland

Reddit may be infamous as a cesspool for incels and people with horrifying political views, but it's mostly a gathering place for people with shared interests.

For example, fans who are really, really devoted to The Bachelor. Members of the Bachelor Nation who don't just watch the show, but who actively engage in the online community.

Some of those fans dig up information ... and then these junior detectives share it with the world.

One cyber-sleuth found what appears to be a wedding registry on The Knot for Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham's wedding.

Yes, it includes the date.

Take a look:

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham Registry

Note the date -- June 28th.

That's not even three months from now.

While this isn't confirmed through an official announcement just yet, this was found through a link in Lauren's old registry from her previous engagement.

So it appears to be legit.

What's more, it totally fits with what we've heard about their wedding intentions.

Arie and Lauren and a Dog

For starters, June 28th certainly qualifies as a summer wedding, which is what Lauren ... and Lauren's mother ... have talked about in interviews.

Admittedly, that's only a week into the summer, as this year's Summer Solstice is June 21.

But in Arizona -- pretty much anywhere in Arizona -- it will feel like summer is already in full force.

Additionally, Lauren and Arie have made it clear that they plan to tie the knot soon.

Nothing says soon quite like not even four months after the world saw their proposal.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Kiss

Fans can speculate about why Lauren might be eager to get married. She might, for example, worry that Arie will dump her like he dumped Becca and go back for someone else.

We've already seen Arie's post-Bachelor DMs, because Bekah Martinez is a delight and has zero chill.

Arie, in turn, may have his own reasons for racing to the altar.

Perhaps he's just going along with his fiancee's wishes.

Or maybe he's really just that eager to seal the deal now that he's now, allegedly, found love.

But some can't help but wonder if he's just hoping to capitalize on his fame (or infamy) before it fades. Which would include a TV wedding.

Love Them or Hate Them...

It sounds like Arie and Lauren want a TV wedding almost as much as Lauren's parents do.

A TV wedding could mean that ABC would pick up at least most of the tab -- or perhaps all of it.

Some celebrities actually get paid for the presence of cameras at their nuptials, but Arie and Lauren might not be quite big-league enough for that.

Still ... is the Bachelor Nation going to watch these two tie the knot? If so, will they be hate-watching it?

Or will seeing Becca Kufrin look for love on The Bachelorette make them warm up to Arie and Lauren's relationship?

Because The Bachelorette premieres on May 28 ... exactly one month before the date listed on that registry.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham: Wedding Date Revealed!

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and his fiancee Lauren Burnham have made it clear that they intend to get married ASAP

But though they've spoken about possibilities for their upcoming wedding, they haven't announced any concrete plans.

Now, thanks to one fan's snooping, the Bachelor Nation knows some details. Including a wedding date.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham in Iceland

Reddit may be infamous as a cesspool for incels and people with horrifying political views, but it's mostly a gathering place for people with shared interests.

For example, fans who are really, really devoted to The Bachelor. Members of the Bachelor Nation who don't just watch the show, but who actively engage in the online community.

Some of those fans dig up information ... and then these junior detectives share it with the world.

One cyber-sleuth found what appears to be a wedding registry on The Knot for Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham's wedding.

Yes, it includes the date.

Take a look:

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham Registry

Note the date -- June 28th.

That's not even three months from now.

While this isn't confirmed through an official announcement just yet, this was found through a link in Lauren's old registry from her previous engagement.

So it appears to be legit.

What's more, it totally fits with what we've heard about their wedding intentions.

Arie and Lauren and a Dog

For starters, June 28th certainly qualifies as a summer wedding, which is what Lauren ... and Lauren's mother ... have talked about in interviews.

Admittedly, that's only a week into the summer, as this year's Summer Solstice is June 21.

But in Arizona -- pretty much anywhere in Arizona -- it will feel like summer is already in full force.

Additionally, Lauren and Arie have made it clear that they plan to tie the knot soon.

Nothing says soon quite like not even four months after the world saw their proposal.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Kiss

Fans can speculate about why Lauren might be eager to get married. She might, for example, worry that Arie will dump her like he dumped Becca and go back for someone else.

We've already seen Arie's post-Bachelor DMs, because Bekah Martinez is a delight and has zero chill.

Arie, in turn, may have his own reasons for racing to the altar.

Perhaps he's just going along with his fiancee's wishes.

Or maybe he's really just that eager to seal the deal now that he's now, allegedly, found love.

But some can't help but wonder if he's just hoping to capitalize on his fame (or infamy) before it fades. Which would include a TV wedding.

Love Them or Hate Them...

It sounds like Arie and Lauren want a TV wedding almost as much as Lauren's parents do.

A TV wedding could mean that ABC would pick up at least most of the tab -- or perhaps all of it.

Some celebrities actually get paid for the presence of cameras at their nuptials, but Arie and Lauren might not be quite big-league enough for that.

Still ... is the Bachelor Nation going to watch these two tie the knot? If so, will they be hate-watching it?

Or will seeing Becca Kufrin look for love on The Bachelorette make them warm up to Arie and Lauren's relationship?

Because The Bachelorette premieres on May 28 ... exactly one month before the date listed on that registry.

Arie Luyendyk and Lauren Burnham: Utterly Destroyed for April Fool’s Pregnancy Joke!

Note to Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham:

There are appropriate April Fool's Day jokes to make regarding pregnancy...

... and there are inappropriate April Fool's Day jokes to make regarding pregnancy.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Kiss

Next time, ask The Hollywood Gossip for advice, okay?

On Sunday, the most controversial Bachelor-based couple of all-time stepped in scalding hot water when it joked that Burnham was expecting.

It wasn't just a mere, passing joke, either.

It can replete with an alleged baby bump photo and everything.

“Secrets finally out, we have a bunny in the oven! @laurenburnham91,” Arie wrote on Twitter alongside an image of a female, presumed to be his fiancee, clutching what looked like a baby bump.

See for yourself here:

bunny in oven

Not even two hours later, however, Arie let followers in on his unoriginal joke.

APRIL FOOLS, he quickly Tweeted, barely even giving the prank time to go viral.

kidding!

But it went viral enough, apparently, because plenty of Internet users found it incredibly offensive and insensitive -- and they let Arie and Lauren have it online.

Big time.

“You both are disgusting," wrote one individual, adding:

"As someone who struggles with fertility and would love nothing more than to have a baby this is so offensive."

That was the basic theme of all the backlash; how Arie and Lauren turned a serious personal issue for millions of women into a source of parody.

"Come on. be better than that," another person wrote, explaining herself thusly:

"it’s not a joke for many struggling families to get pregnant, it’s extremely expensive and it’s heartbreaking. I wish nothing but the best for Arie and Lauren but this is not funny, it’s cruel."

Here's a look at a few similar opinions shared on social media about this topic:

hating on Arie

Arie, of course, is no stranger to receiving hate over the Internet.

He selected a different woman from Lauren on the finale of The Bachelor this season, only to them dump her in the most dramatic fashion possible and then propose to Lauren a night after said finale aired.

It was bonkers!

And while some may think the reaction to their April Fool's Day prank was a bit over-the-top, it's understandable why so many people have simply had it with this couple.

They'd be best served to just remain silent for awhile.

Instead, they are in our face at all times with televised marriage talk and very bad jokes.

Nor do Arie and Lauren appear to be feel guilty about this distasteful Tweet, either.

dutch baby

Seemingly in response to the backlash, backlash, Arie shared the above photo of a recipe on his Instagram story and wrote;

“Sorry if you were offended, but we really are making a Dutch Baby.”

That's just painfully insincere and even more painfully unfunny.

We wonder now how fans will react when Lauren really does get pregnant, a development she expects to happen at some point with her lame fiance.

“We’re both very excited about marriage and starting a family,” Burnham previously told People Magazine.

“If we get lucky, maybe we’d have twins!” Arie said in this same interview.

And if we get lucky, maybe we'll never hear from Luyendyk again.

The Bachelor & Bachelorette Couples: Who’s Still Together?

The Bachelor's 2018 season came to a close with Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Becca Kufrin engaged and totally, utterly, blissfully in love.

Or something. According to The Bachelor spoilers, that relationship would end and he would spurn Becca for runner-up Lauren Burnham.

This turned out to be correct.

Arie and Becca lasted a matter of weeks, and his breakup with her was filmed for the world to see. Raw. Unedited. Uncut.

Didn't see that twist coming, though Arie's reputation preceded him, and we can't say this bodes well for Lauren B. either.

Will they be a new golden couple for the show, a la Trista and Ryan, Ashley and J.P., Jason and Molly and Desiree and Chris?

Or another Juan Pablo and Nikki Ferrell, Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray, Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi? Or ... Arie and Becca?

Sorry, too soon.

The point is, we can't help but wonder as we ponder the future: Who is still living happily ever after at this point? Who is not?

You don't need The Bachelor or The Bachelorette spoilers to tell you that the "made it" list is a lot shorter than the other.

Take a look at notable duos from The Bachelor and Bachelorette and see whether they're still together since the show:

1. Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham

Arie luyendyk jr and lauren burnham in iceland
Yes, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham are still together. Right now. For the moment. As of this report. It's only been a few weeks since they've gone public, however, and needless to say, the consensus is that Becca Kufrin dodged a bullet and that Lauren might have her heart broken next. We're not rooting for that sad outcome, but just saying ... it's Arie.

2. Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo

Rachel lindsay engagement ring
Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo are a match made in heaven ... or are they? Bachelor Nation seemed to prefer runner-up Peter Kraus, but Rachel went with the smooth (too smooth for some fans' liking) doctor from Miami at the last minute. If Bryan didn't watch the finale, which centered primarily on Peter waffling over his willingness to propose and Rachel being hung up on him? Then they might be alright.

3. Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi

Nick and vanessa on atfr
Look ... we wished Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi all the best. That was just the least inspiring public debut from a Bachelor couple since Juan Pablo and Nikki, and it never got much better before they eventually broke up. Come on, people. We were talking about Nick Viall, who was clearly bitten hard by the fame bug, and fell for a girl who didn't want to be in the "business" or leave Canada, where he had no interest in moving. Just saying. The odds made them a definite underdog from the start, and their five-month relationship proved skeptics correct.

4. JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers

Jordan rodgers and jojo fletcher after the final rose
JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers are an interesting case, both seemingly over the moon in love and behind the proverbial eight ball since day one. They certainly seem to have weathered whatever storms have been in their path thus far, but it's still in the "honeymoon" phase, and we can't shake the feeling that there's more to Aaron's little brother than we know - or that JoJo does at this point. Chances they'll make it to the altar? 50-50.

5. Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell

Ben higgins and lauren b
It was a good year, closer to a year and a half actually, which is a long time for any relationship, and Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell recently called out what they deemed as "fake news" that said they had broken up ... but they canceled their wedding and just admitted that they broke up. #realnews

6. Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth

Kaitlyn bristowe and shawn booth
Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth have looked the part of the happy couple ever since they got engaged in August 2015. But will their engagement actually last and stand the test of time? The show's track record suggests otherwise ... but here we are a year and a half later, so the joke's on us?
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Bekah Martinez: Photos of Bachelor Nation’s Hottest Missing Person!

In the end, Bekah Martinez didn't win Arie's heart on The Bachelor. And it's Becca Kufrin, she of the two Cs, who was selected to become the next Bachelorette.

But Bekah won over the viewers, the Bachelor Nation, as an easy fan favorite.

It doesn't take an insider to predict that we'll be seeing more of Bekah, her cute dimples, and her outspoken opinions in the future.

And speaking of seeing more of Bekah ...

This absolutely gorgeous young woman is social media savvy, and she's not camera shy. Her Instagram feed is a real treat.

She's even going topless, pushing the boundaries of what is even allowed on that platform.

Take a look at some of her most salacious photos.

1. Bekah is young, fun, and ... did we mention, young?

Bekah from the bachelor
Bekah caught a lot of attention for her youth as she competed for Arie's heart.

2. Here's her official photo

Bekah martinez for abc
When it comes to The Bachelor, official photos can be hit-and-miss. Hers is good, but it doesn't compare to her own pics.

3. She has some opinions

Bekah martinez casting photo
Like most viewers, Bekah was hoping that Season 22 of The Bachelor would be all about Peter Kraus. And she wasn't afraid to flaunt some sideboob if it meant getting a piece of that action.

4. She's just so cute

Bekah martinez on instagram
Fans don't have to thirst after Bekah -- though plenty do -- in order to be taken in by her charm. She's just darling.

5. Sure, Bekah's young, but she's not a child

Bekah martinez drinks champagne
She's old enough to drink, which is what she's doing in this photo. It's champagne, folks.

6. She always keeps in touch with her friends

Bekah martinez on facetime
Except for that one time when she was out of contact with her mom for a few days and her mom ... reported her as a missing person. Whoops.
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Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham: We’re Getting Married ASAP!

Lauren Burnham has only been engaged to Arie Luyendyk Jr. for a short time, but she's already been talking about the idea of a TV wedding.

And so is Arie. And so is Lauren's mother.

From this new interview, it sounds like this controversial couple is racing to the altar.

Love Them or Hate Them...

In the new issue of Life & Style, Arie and Lauren reveal a lot about where their relationship is headed.

And while it's no surprise that the couple who became engaged on international television is planning to get married, it sounds like they're eager to tie the knot.

36-year-old Arie muses that he and his bride-to-be might tie the knot outside of the U.S.

"We might do a destination wedding."

Well, since Minnesota is off-limits and given how the couple is generally viewed by the Bachelor Nation, maybe that's for the best.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham in Iceland

Lauren Burnham's mother, Pamela, has her own aspirations for the couple's wedding.

"I hope it will be in the summer," she says. "Lauren's on cloud nine with Arie."

There are people in this world who (for reasons that are mystifying to others) enjoy summer weather. Perhaps she just thinks that it would make for a lovely wedding season.

But one cannot help but wonder if Pamela is thinking less about the weather and more about hoping that her daughter doesn't become just another dumped fiancee by the notoriously indecisive Arie.

True, Pamela doesn't say "this" summer, but ... considering how eager this couple sounds, that might be her agenda.

Arie and Lauren say that they're planning on a wedding in August of September. Autumn doesn't begin until September 22nd, so Pamela might just get what she wants.

Arie and Lauren After the Final Rose

It looks like Arie and Lauren are pushing the narrative that they're not so unpopular after all, actually.

"I thought we would get a lot more backlash," Lauren admits.

Arie jumps in to reinforce that, saying:

"Since we've been out in public the last few days, people have been really supportive. It’s been really sweet."

Of course, since the two of them have been avoiding social media, they're not really seeing what fans have been saying about them.

(That hasn't stopped the two of them from posting to social media, including that time that they shamed gym patrons)

There are celebrities whom you wouldn't save from falling off of a cliff, but most -- even the ones that you dislike -- would elicit excitement and well wishes from people who are heavily critical of them.

It's called politeness, folks.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham, Iceland Trip

Life & Style delves into the possibility that the couple might have a TV wedding, with their insider revealing:

"They'd love to get married on TV because it would be a continuation of their love story."

"They want viewers to be able to see the next chapter of their journey."

Oh, and if they did have a TV wedding, it wouldn't be for free -- it would mean that ABC would pay for most if not all of the wedding.

When Life & Style asked Lauren's mother, Pamela, about the idea, she was enthusiastically supportive.

"That would be wonderful. My husband's probably going to jump up and down at that thought!"

Arie and Lauren... Together!

But they shouldn't count on that -- insiders reveal that ABC might not want to film the wedding.

Arie and Lauren have been the targets of a huge amount of backlash (even if they haven't seen it), and the network might be reluctant to gamble on viewers hate-watching it.

Advertisers might feel similarly.

But a lack of a TV wedding wouldn't mean that they don't get married.

Even if the whole world is disgusted with Arie, it sounds like Lauren's parents really like him. We're sure that Lauren's friends are supportive, too.

That, for her, is going to be what matters more than backlash.

Of course, that's assuming that Arie doesn't change his mind again and go running back to yet another ex. We all saw how Arie slid into Bekah Martinez's DMs.

Arie Luyendyk Jr., Lauren Burnham Ridicule Strangers at the Gym, Think They’re All Funny Now

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and his beautiful bride-to-be Lauren Burnham have finally found a way to win the admiration of those who resent them.

Just kidding! They've decided to use social media to shame people at the gym.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham, Iceland Trip

And yes, that includes recording total strangers just so that they could ridicule them. Ugh.

So, following Arie's brutal breakup with Becca Kufrin ... which audiences saw right before being treated to the sight of Arie proposing to Lauren Burnham ... Arie and Lauren fled the country.

Those were Arie's words, partially in jest. The two of them headed off for an Iceland adventure.

They are, in all seriousness, probably having an easier time as a newly engaged couple while in Europe than they would in the U.S. It's not that other countries don't watch The Bachelor, but ... they're going to run across fewer haters in Iceland.

(It's a good thing that they weren't planning on vacationing in Minnesota, where Arie is banned ... sort of.)

Arie Luyendyk Jr. Shames Spanish Gym Users

They might have less luck avoiding haters in Spain, however.

Because Arie and Lauren filmed themselves and some Spanish gym patrons ... for the express purpose of ridiculing total strangers who were just minding their own business at the gym.

In his Instagram story, Arie zeroed in on gym-goers who are exercising in brightly colored shorts.

"This is how they work out here in Spain," Arie says.

He seems totally floored by the clothing.

"What is he wearing?"

A Kiss for Lauren

And to no one's surprise, unfortunately, Lauren seems to follow his lead, saying:

"I cannot handle it."

Anyone else reminded of a certain body-shaming Playmate who snapped a nude pic of an older gym patron just so that she could ridicule the woman's figure online? Sure, that was nude, but the principle is similar.

One prevailing theory is that this is the couple's attempt to re-brand themselves as "funny."

(You might be surprised at how many people in the world think that you can just decide to be funny.)

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham in Iceland

It does seem like the two of them are hoping to be the late Joan Rivers, or possibly the infamous muppet duo Statler and Waldorf.

Instead, their grating sense of "humor" comes across like whoever writes Mike Huckabee's tweets.

As one fan wrote on reddit:

"He’s trying so hard to craft a narrative for them after the season but just isn’t smart or self-aware enough to successfully pull it off."

So, if this is a rebranding attempt, they need to ... try something else.

Other members of the Bachelor Nation, however, have other theories about what was behind this poorly conceived stab at humor.

Arie's Second Proposal

This may have had nothing to do with branding, one fan suggests, and may have everything to do with character.

"Um... has anyone thought that maybe he and Lauren are just privileged a--holes?"

That person might be right.

Fans were generally horrified.

"God they are such nasty people. Who makes fun of strangers to their large Instagram followings? Wtf."

The ire isn't directed solely at Arie, either. Lauren was part of this, too.

"They are seriously irredeemable."

A few fans seem to believe that Lauren is actually to blame for this.

"She seems like a mean girl and it really rubs off on him."

Lauren struck many viewers as a somewhat quiet person and as a follower rather than an instigator.

It's curious to see people believe that she is guiding Arie's behavior rather than the other way around.

Bekah Martinez, who got to know Arie pretty darn well, assessed that Arie prefers to be in charge in his relationships.

But maybe they're both insensitive jerks.

Becca Kufrin: Arie is a Giant Huge Liar!!!!!

Arie ended his season of The Bachelor by choosing Becca Kufrin ... and then, a few weeks later, calling ABC so that their cameras could watch for 25 brutal minutes as he broke up with her.

Since then, Arie's tried to explain that away -- claiming that he did all of that for Becca. So that she could still be liked and so that she could become the next Bachelorette.

In the video below, Becca doesn't sound like she's buying that. At all.

Becca kufrin the bachelorette rose

It's true that Becca Kufrin is the new Bachelorette. That season is currently in production, and she'll sort through a a crowd of suitors to find the man of her dreams.

Or, at least, to find a man who's better than Arie Luyendyk Jr. So ... just about any man at all. Even the guy in the chicken costume.

(If you're not familiar with that goofiness, you'll get a glimpse in the video below)

But ... did Arie really break up with her for 25 agonizing, unedited minutes on camera just so that he could make it clear to audiences that he'd ended the relationship and to let her star on The Bachelorette?

Plenty of folks have called B.S. on Arie's explanation.

Becca has her doubts as she tells Entertainment Tonight: "Well, that's news to me!"

Becca on the bachelor after the final rose

In fact, Becca doesn't believe that Arie planned it out like this at all.

"I don't think he ever expected me to be [the Bachelorette], or how everything played out."

Hindsight is twenty-twenty. It's easy to claim that you planned for things to work out a certain way, after the fact. 

Especially when you realize that the audiences found your actions to be cruel, and when they can't imagine what would have possibly motivated you to go out of your way to capture it all on film.

"So that's his side," Becca says. "I don't know."

That's ... nicer than she needs to be, all things considered.

Becca kufrin is ready

Becca and Entertainment Tonight also note that Arie claims that he plans to watch Becca's season.

(First of all ... wow. Second of all, we have to wonder how Lauren Burnham feels about that? Though critics might say that Lauren feels however Arie tells her to feel)

As you may recall, Arie's ex Emily Maynard said that she didn't plan to watch Arie's season ... though she had enough to say afterwards that it sounds like she caught an eyeful of the finale, at the very least.

Becca's response to hearing that Arie may be watching her season is, initially, an awkward "meh."

But she does elaborate, saying:

"I mean, i figured. Actually, we had conversations, back when we were together, like: 'Who do you think it could be as the next Bachelorette?'"

And so she assumed that her status as his ex wouldn't deter him from watching.

"So I figured he would watch the show."

Becca kufrin bachelorette bouquet

There's no telling if the knowledge that Arie may be watching will impact Becca or play on her thoughts during filming.

But ... it has to, right? Knowing that you're on camera is not the same thing as knowing that your ex is one of the millions tuning in.

So far, from the few glimpses that the Bachelor Nation has gotten from Becca's season, we know a few tidbits from her first night.

-Becca is wearing a stunning white dress

-One of the men has his hair in a "man bun," which is literally just a bun that does not need a gendered prefix

-One of the men is in a chicken suit and ... people have so many questions about that

Something to consider as we watch this new season of The Bachelorette when it begins in May is that Becca has fresh emotional wounds from her horrible Bachelor breakup.

It's difficult to say how this will impact her.

She may be very wary of her suitors for what may strike audiences as minor flaws or even favorable statements.

When you've known betrayal as Becca has, it's easy to see red flags everywhere.

At the same time, it may be that, compared to Arie, a lot of sub-par men could end up looking like princes.

We'll all have to tune in and find out.

 

Becca kufrin arie is lying about wanting me to be the bacheloret

Bekah Martinez: I Sent This Thirst Trap to Win Over Peter Kraus

Bekah Martinez resonated with the Bachelor Nation because she's young, beautiful, funny, and oh-so relatable. And what could be more relatable than wishing that Peter Kraus were the Bachelor?

Bekah did, and she's posting her The Bachelor casting photo to show just how far she was willing to go to get cast.

Her casting photo was a thirst trap ... and also reveals just how thirsty she was for Peter.

Bekah Martinez Drinks Champagne

The Bachelor Nation has spent months wondering why Peter Kraus wasn't the leading man on this last season of The Bachelor.

At first, it was just disappointment, because Peter was a fan favorite and a lot of people wanted to see more of him.

(More of his face on television, we mean; simmer down)

Then it was surprise, both that he was not the Bachelor and that producers had made the seemingly random choice of Arie Luyendyk Jr.

After the world watched Arie's brutal breakup with Becca and engagement to Lauren -- they're in Iceland and probably planning their TV wedding, by the way -- many fans are more stunned than ever with the choices that producers made.

Bekah Martinez, this season's breakout star, was more surprised than anyone when producers didn't select Peter.

For proof, one need look no further than her casting photo.

Bekah Martinez Casting Photo

Bekah shared this photo a week after the shocking finale, hearkening back to a more optimistic time.

In her captions, she roasted herself over her sideboob-sporting bid to be a contestant.

"THESE ARE THE LENGTHS MY CHEESY ASS REALLY WENT TO FOR MY BACHELOR CASTING PHOTOS."

That line is followed by three emojis that wail tearfully, lamenting Peter's absence from the role of leading man.

"#Blindsided #DidntKnowWhatWasComing"

The now 23-year-old (she was 22 until last month)

"(This isn’t me hitting on ol’ Pete. He’s too busy cuddling with his dog and doing pull-ups or something)"

She might not be flirting with him, but it's clear that she's been checking out his Instagram page.

With good reason.

Peter Kraus on a Hot Day

So ... no one really questions why Bekah had hoped that she'd be vying for Peter's heart.

When Bekah explained to Jimmy Kimmel exactly how she became a missing persons case, she also admitted that she had hoped that the leading man would be Peter.

She has also been outspoken, sharing with the world that, even though he's way older, she doesn't think that Arie is mature enough to get married because he's indecisive about what he really wants, and seems to reject women who voice their own opinions.

(Lauren Burnham is notoriously quiet, at least when she's on camera)

Just a week or so ago, Bekah called out Arie for DMing her after the series ended, and exposed his private messages to the world.

DMing your ex is not a great look for a guy who just publicly broke up with one woman to go back to his most recent ex.

Bekah Martinez on Facetime

Though Bekah is a fan favorite, her newly revealed casting photo received some hateful messages, and this one ... we just had to share.

"Thanks used prove to me Tia is right you weren't in this for anything but peter!"

"Why would you continue to go on this show & and play with a man's affections you're 22 years old and I have a feeling that's the reason why YOU left the age blank."

This commenter seems particularly fixated on Bekah's age.

"I've never seen the producers do that in all these years!"

What follows is a barely-coherent run-on sentence that we've broken into two chunks to make it slightly easier to read.

"You were a favorite of mine and I think you were a favorite of a lot of people until we seen how you backstabbed Arie he made a mistake he owned up to it he was there to find true love he found it now you belittle him for it."

That same run-on sentence continues here:

"You can see on your face you were mad when you got sent home I think this is all in anger too bad I think they need to have a 25 age limit."

Bekah Martinez on Instagram

An age limit of 25 is absurd. Not only would the Bachelor Nation have been deprived of its new sweetheart, but not every leading man is as old as Arie.

If Dean Unglert -- who fell from grace in the eyes of fans but more or less redeemed himself on The Bachelor: Winter Games -- were to star on The Bachelor, an age limit of 25 would make him one of the youngest people on the show.

(Deanie Babies was born in 1991, and will turn 27 next month)

No, this is just ageism. As we've seen, Bekah may be young, but she seems to have a good head on her shoulders.

After what we saw with Becca Kufrin's heartbreak, it looks like Bekah's much more willing to commit than Arie is.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham: First Iceland, Then a TV Wedding!

The infamous Arie Luyendyk Jr. and his fiancee, Lauren Burnham, have "fled the country." Those are Arie's words.

Specifically, the two have embarked on a trip to Iceland where they can leave their past -- mostly just Arie's brutal breakup with Becca Kufrin -- behind them.

But before long, the two of them will be back ... and looking to get married.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham in Iceland

Arie shared this happy photo on both Twitter and Instagram.

On Twitter, she shared it with a slew of others (below) from his and Lauren's trip to Iceland, and wrote:

"Officially fled the country." He followed that text with the least fitting use of a halo emoji that we've ever seen.

On Instagram, his caption got a touch more personal. He wrote:

"Posted this because I sent this to my mom and she said she’s never seen me happier. So much beauty here in Iceland including this one."

By "this one," his blandly pleasant caption means Lauren. Who is, of course, very beautiful.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham, Iceland Trip

E! reports that, per their source, Arie and Lauren went to Iceland because they needed a break from being on television.

"They wanted to get away from the madness and have a real normal vacation just the two of them as a newly engaged couple."

People watch The Bachelor -- even the American version -- in plenty of places, all over the world. But ... it doesn't have nearly the sort of cultural omnipresence in Iceland.

In the US, the franchise is so ubiquitous that Saturday Night Live can parody it as part of their political satire.

Had Arie and Lauren decided to spend these next two weeks in the US, they would have been more or less under house arrest thanks to public attention.

There's nothing wrong with romancing each other at home and living on takeout, but given the couple's current fame (and Arie's current infamy), they'd have to worry about unprofessional delivery drivers asking them questions or asking for a selfie.

In Iceland, they can be a little less high-profile and enjoy a visit to one of the most gorgeous countries on the planet.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham in Iceland

The source continues, however, talking about the couple's future plans.

And it sounds like they won't remain TV-shy for long.

"Although there has been a lot of backlash surrounding Arie, the couple is really pushing for a TV wedding."

Well, Arie proposed on camera. They might as well tie the knot the same way.

A lot of people would tune in to watch ... or possibly to hate-watch. Some might wonder if Arie will have yet another on-camera change of heart.

"Lauren has been telling everyone that she is so excited to get married and wants it to happen very quickly."

And perhaps Arie is on board with that rush to the altar.

"After everything that they have been through, they are ready to just seal the deal and spend forever together."

Unless Arie changes his mind again, anyway.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham, Iceland Trip

Realistically, the media frenzy surrounding these two and the story of how they came together will die down over time.

Oh, they'll always be interesting, but people will process Arie's absolutely bonkers, unedited breakup with Becca.

Before long, of course, it will be Becca's time to shine -- because she'll be the next Bachelorette.

Maybe she'll find a man she deserves.

And maybe the Bachelor Nation will find the man they deserve and actually want as the next Bachelor.

Love Them or Hate Them...

In the mean time, we guess that Arie's finally settled on the woman he wants.

He might not change his mind. Lauren was noted for not saying much during this past season.

Bekah Martinez says that Arie isn't mature enough to get married, and revealed that he seemed to want to whittle down his contestants to the least assertive women who were more likely to go along with whatever he wanted.

Maybe he's found that in Lauren.

If they're both truly happy with their arrangement together ... more power to them. We guess.

We hope that, at the very least, Lauren enjoys her time in Iceland.

Ashley Iaconetti and Kevin Wendt: It’s Over!

So many people were rooting for this The Bachelor: Winter Games couple. But it just didn't work out.

Ashley Iaconetti and Kevin Wendt have split, and will not be reenacting Ghost again any time soon. At least, not with each other.

What went wrong?

Ashley Iaconetti and Kevin Wendt

Just days ago, the couple were still sharing cozy photos of each other.

Though Entertainment Tonight first learned that Ashley and Kevin broke up through a source, they waited for confirmation before reporting it.

And they got it.

Ashley, a long-time fan favorite for the Bachelor Nation, confirmed that she and Kevin Wendt have broken up.

She isn't telling what went wrong for the two of them ... yet. She does plan for the two of them to reveal all.

In the meantime, however, we have a little preview of what they're likely to say.

Ashley Iaconetti and Kevin Wendt Image

The same source that leaked to Entertainment Tonight that Ashley and Kevin had split also offered up a little insight into why

"It was a little weird to have to figure out a long-term plan so soon."

In other words, they weren't sure where the relationship was headed just yet.

"Ashley and Kevin were both really into each other, they just weren't sure if it was a forever thing."

Perhaps The Bachelor: Winter Games, like all reality shows, it's always a reliable place to meet your next life partner. Cameras don't let you tell the whole story, even to each other.

Another factor was where they each live.

"And it's hard to date long distance like that."

Ashley lives in L.A. and Kevin, of course, is Canadian.

Ashley Iaconetti and Kevin Wendt at Disneyland

Even before Ashley and Kevin were carting off to Disneyland to celebrate their relationship, they were cozying up on camera.

Dean and Lesley won a couple of dates and, after a lot of careful soul-searching, opted to share one of them with Ashley and Kevin.

That super sweet gesture meant that Ashley and Kevin got to make pottery.

Which, very naturally, led to Kevin wrapping his arms around her from behind to guide her in shaping the spinning play.

And ... totally pulling off an homage to Ghost in the process.

It was a very sweet moment.

Some would say that Dean and Lesley should have kept that date, since in light of this breakup, it was "wasted."

Others, however, think that the fun that they had was meaningful and that a relationship doesn't have to last forever in order to be worth it.

Ashley Iaconetti and Kevin Wendt, Hockey Game

Some can't help but wonder about Ashley Iaconetti's famous V-card, since she and Kevin were so happy together for so long.

While it's no one's business who does or does not have sex at what time, Ashley wasn't shy about speaking out about being a virgin at 29.

Virginity is a social construct, but so is money -- whether or not you have it can still matter to you and impact how others view you.

A couple of weeks ago, however, Ashley addressed her virginity to Us Weekly, saying:

"I know what everybody’s million dollar question is -- have we or have we not? -- but I will never, ever, say yes or no to that question."

It sounds like she's respecting Kevin's privacy and laying down some boundaries.

"Just because I’ve been public about it in the past, doesn’t mean that I can’t make something private once somebody else is associated in that topic of my life."

Ashley Iaconetti and Kevin Wendt, Sunset

That's very sweet of her.

It's sad that Ashley and Kevin didn't work out, because many -- including their costars like Dean and Lesley -- were rooting for them.

Fans have adored Ashley for ages and wanted her to live her best life.

But at least any lingering questions about their breakup will be answered on her next iHeart Radio podcast: The Ben And Ashley I Almost Famous Podcast.

She and Kevin will be speaking about it, which is thoughtful for fans who grew attached to them and also just a sign of real maturity.

It seems safe to say that things between Ashley and Kevin ended much more amicably than they did between some others we could name.

Arie Luyendyk: Look! We Found His Mug Shot!

Think Arie Luyendyk Jr. is having a series of bad days at the moment?

He very clearly is.

That's what happens after you break your fiancee's heart on national television and then sound like an insensitive jerk on TV when talking about it...

Arie Luyendyk in a Suit

... and then propose to ANOTHER woman in front of millions of people.

But it turns out that Arie may have had worst days in his past; at least one in particular.

Did you know the controversial Bachelor was once arrested?!?

This isn't brand new information. It's been out there for years, ever since Arie was a contestant on The Bachelor.

But it's maybe worth revisiting now that Luyendyk is very much back in the news.

In October of 2008, Luyendyk was arrested in for driving with a suspended license in Scottsdale, Arizona.

According to court documents obtained by the Daily Mail, he was also ticketed for multiple traffic violations, including speeding, failure to obey a traffic signal, unsafe lane changing and for failing to provide proof of insurance.

He was booked and posed for a mug shot and everything:

Arie Luyendyk, Jr. Mug Shot

Arie didn't serve any jail time, but this mark is on his permanent record.

The former racecar driver probably doesn't want us bringing it up again in public.

But c probably didn't want him to bring ABC cameras along when he dumped her, so, yeah... whatever.

It's hard to have a lot of sympathy for the guy.

Said Arie to Entertainment Tonight, regarding why he (temporarily) destroyed Becca's soul in such a manner:

"I just wanted there to be no questions on that breakup. 

"I know that it's a very public relationship, and I think that doing that on camera would just let everyone know that that decision was solely mine, and it told the story of how I ended up here, with her."

Arie Luyendyk Jr. Looks Sad

Ah, right, he did it for Becca.

Arie then had the gall, in this same interview, to complain that he, too, was a victim!

"The way the breakup was shown, I think, in its unedited version, was a little unfair to me," he added. "But what can you do?

Wait... WHAT?!?

The nerve of this guy!

It was unfair to not edit an interview?!? To simply show exactly what was said on both sides?!? Sheesh.

In the end, Arie says he's happy to be engaged to Lauren Burnham and Becca will go find a better guy as The Bachelorette.

So everyone basically wins here.

But Arie still sucks.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. Shades Becca, Continues to Suck as a Human Being

Arie Luyendyk Jr. has made it official:

He lacks moral, a sense of decorum... and a sense of humor.

Just consider what the embattled recent Bachelor just said to Us Weekly when discussing his plans to marry Lauren Burnham.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. Looks Sad

First, Arie told the tabloid that he and Lauren have been discussing their wedding for months, long before he even proposed to her this past Tuesday night.

Then, he admitted that the unpopular couple was open to a televised wedding because... d'uh, of course they are.

Arie, after all, was open to a televised break-up with Becca Kufrin on Monday night's Bachelor Season 22 finale.

“We talked about maybe doing a TV wedding if that worked in our timeline,” Luyendyk told a few reporters this week, while his fiancee added:

“We want to get married soon. We’ve also talked about eloping.”

(LOL! There is zero chance this headline-seeking couple elopes. Let's be serious.)

Arie and Lauren said they hoped for many "white flowers" at their ceremony and "good lighting" and added that some folks they met on The Bachelor may receive invitations.

“We’ve thrown a lot of ideas out there, but I think I would like to have some of my friends from the show there,” Lauren said. “I think Arie would too.”

Luyendyk then added:

“Yes, I wouldn’t mind. And just tell Becca she’s not invited.”

Becca Shrugs

Oh, that hilarious Arie!

It's always funny to joke about how your ex-fiancee - to whom you proposed on national television and then who you dumped just a few weeks later (also on national television) because you weren't over another lover - isn't included on your wedding guest list.

We hate to break this to you, Arie, but we somehow doubt Becca would attend your nuptials even if she were somehow invited.

We'd have to imagine this would be the case, despite Kufrin handing her public humiliation as well as one possibly could.

"At the end of the day, I don’t think he thought through everything of how ending things with Lauren would be, how being engaged to me would be and what breaking up with me and going back to her would be," Becca said post-break up.

She did add, however:

"But I don’t think he did it maliciously to break my heart."

Arie and Lauren After the Final Rose

Luyendyk has claimed he did this partly to garner sympathy for Becca in order to help ABC select her as the next Bachelorette.

ABC has, indeed, selected her as the next Bachelorette.

But even Chris Harrison has called BS on Arie's reasoning here.

On Tuesday's After the Final Rose special, Becca acknowledged that watching the finale helped her get some "closure," even confessing:

“I signed up for this knowing it was a show and going to be documented and it’s just another part of my story."

This may be true, but having cameras on hand a month after the proposal was an unprecedented move for which Becca did not sign up.

Thankfully, Kufrin did confront Arie on the special and spoke her mind.

“[Getting engaged] is something that people dream of and you robbed me of that," she told him, adding:

"I’ll never have that first engagement, first proposal again. I just wish you would have thought through that more on that day."

Amen, Becca.

We hope you know you are MUCH better off without Arie and we hope you find the man of your dreams on The Bachelorette.

We'll be tuning in each week to see if you do!

Minnesota Lawmaker Pushes Bill to Ban Arie Luyendyk From State After Becca Kufrin Split

Though it came as no surprise to those who follow The Bachelor Spoilers, the world over was shocked when Arie Luyendyk Jr. dumped Becca Kufrin.

Among the fans recoiling in horror at that unedited video of the brutal breakup was Minnesota State Representative who was horrified on Becca's behalf.

And now he's drafted a bill to ban Arie from the state of Minnesota. Yes, really.

Arie on the Finale

It seems like, following that finale, everyone hates Arie Luyendyk Jr.

Sure, his ex Emily Maynard says that she feels sorry for him, but to most members of the Bachelor Nation, it sounds like Paradise Dean Unglert is looking pretty good right about now.

Arie's defenders, like Lauren Burnham, say that Arie just followed his heart.

No offense to Lauren, because absolutely none of this is her fault, but ... it is not surprising to hear her take that stance.

But even Chris Harrison calls B.S. on Arie having filmed his breakup to "help" Becca.

One politician's opinion of Arie could potentially impact his future travel plans.

Rep. Drew Christensen

Drew Christensen is a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

He is a 24-year-old Republican who represents district 56A. He holds a degree in Political Science, and was sworn in as a Representative on January 6th, 2015.

Look at this actual list of his committee assignments for the state's 89th legislative session:

-Aging and Long-Term Care Policy

-Education Finance

-Education Innovation Policy

-Higher Education Policy and Finance

-Ban Arie Luyendyk Jr. from Minnesota

One of those things is not like the other.

Becca Kufrin on The Bachelor: After the Final Rose

This started when, in the aftermath of The Bachelor's season finale, Representative Christensen offered to author a bill to ban Arie from the state.

His price? A mere 1,000 retweets. On Twitter, that's a pittance.

That tweet now has over 12,000 retweets (and well over 20,000 favorites).

Some politicians don't hesitate to back down from their policies, but Christensen, it seems, is a man of his word.

"Drafting the bill now!" He tweeted. "Should I invite Becca to be my guest at Minnesota’s State of the State Address next week?"

Take a look:

Bill to Ban Arie Luyendyk Jr

The text of that reads:

"The state of Minnesota hereby adopts a policy of zero tolerance of Arie Luyendyk, Jr. from season 22 of The Bachelor."

That is ... one hell of a statement.

"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."

To those wondering why Christensen in particular authored the bill and what the state of Minnesota has to do with Arie, Becca Kufrin is from Minnesota.

In fact, Becca is from Prior Lake, which is represented by Christensen.

Arie and Lauren After the Final Rose

Christensen has also offered to extend Becca an invitation to Minnesota's State of the State address by Gov. Mark Dayton.

If, however, he receives 10,000 retweets -- as of Thursday afternoon, he has yet to achieve that milestone.

He was married in January, so we think that this is more of a political stunt than an effort to become Becca's rebound.

Will Christensen's bill pass? Sometimes, it is hard to tell with state legislatures.

Most likely, it will not.

Love Them or Hate Them...

All jokes about whether or not Arie would be interested in going to Minnesota in the first place aside (seriously, you guys, be nice -- there are lovely people and majestic views in every single state), this is mostly just a strange story.

Christensen may be trying to increase his name recognition, which can be vital to longevity in a political career.

A lot of Republicans are facing tough races because their brands are so tied to Trump. It's smart for any politician to widen their appeal, especially to something as (mostly) apolitical as The Bachelor.

Besides, it's funny. Sometimes, things are just funny.