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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.