Arie Luyendyk Jr. has already admitted that he fell in love with two women while appearing on this season of The Bachelor, and while he won’t reveal who the special ladies are or how things did or didn’t work out — other than the fact that the finale is dramatic AF — he is willing to open up about his life after the reality show.
To date, only three episodes from season 22 have aired on ABC, so we’re still smack dab in the middle of the action. But the former race car driver-turned-real estate agent is already thinking about his future. For some Bachelor Nation stars, post-show life means a stint on Dancing With the Stars, a podcast, or — if they’re one of the lucky couples who stay the course — a TV wedding. For Luyendyk, it means leaving the spotlight again.
“I can’t speak in hypotheticals,” he told Variety. “But for me, I’d like to just go back to regular life. After this, I’m not seeking to do anything here in LA. If I chose someone, [I want] to be with someone and just to start a life.”
Variety also asked Luyendyk Jr. to weigh in on the current #MeToo movement. Given that and the recent Bachelor in Paradise scandal, which saw production temporarily shut down for a misconduct investigation, you might expect some changes. But Luyendyk said it didn’t affect filming at all.
“I didn’t approach anything differently, and to be honest, when we were sequestered in filming is when this movement started, and so, this is something that sort of was new news when I came out of it,” he told Variety. “I’ve never been in a situation where I had to deal with sexual harassment, so for me, I’ve always made good decisions my whole life, and just continue to follow that.”
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