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.
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?
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.”
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.
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.