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Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. “Is Prepared for the Backlash” After His Season Ends

Arie Luyendyk Jr Bachelor They all have their sights set on making the Bachelor, Arie Luyendyk Jr., their future husband when the much-anticipated 22nd edition of ABC’s hit romance reality series “The Bachelor” premieres, MONDAY, JAN. 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Paul Hebert)

Arie Luyendyk hasn’t exactly experienced an easy road to lasting romance. And even after he makes his decision and hands out his final rose on the Bachelor season finale next week, it doesn’t sound like that particular part of his life has evolved to the path of least resistence.

The 36-year-old Dutch-born American opened up to People magazine prior to the season finale and noted that he’s anticipating the criticism that will likely arise from how his season ends. “I know people are going to be hard on [me],” he said. “I made a mistake. And I’m prepared for the backlash. But all I can say is I had to follow my heart.”

Though Luyendyk didn’t go into detail about what actually transpired that might make viewers angry at him, he did admit that his two finalists, sales executive Lauren Burnham, 26, and publicist Becca Kufrin, 27, are very different women. “They’re both great in their own individual ways,” he said, calling Kufrin more “outgoing” and Burnham more “reserved.”

Before the season aired, Luyendyk teased his dilemma after falling in love with both ladies. “The journey was great,” Luyendyk told The Knot and other reporters. “I found love… I found love with two people… To see the ending, you’ll have to tune in.”

THE BACHELOR – ÒEpisode 2210Ó – The compelling live three-hour television event will begin with America watching along with the studio audience as Arie Luyendyk Jr.Õs journey to find love comes to its astonishing conclusion. The Bachelor prepares to make one of the most difficult choices of his life, having narrowed down the field to two women with whom he is madly in love Ð Becca K. and Lauren B. – and told both of them that he loves them. Who does Arie, after much soul-searching, see as his future wife? Find out on the season finale of ÒThe Bachelor,Ó MONDAY, MARCH 5 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Paul Hebert)
BECCA

THE BACHELOR – ÒEpisode 2210Ó – The compelling live three-hour television event will begin with America watching along with the studio audience as Arie Luyendyk Jr.Õs journey to find love comes to its astonishing conclusion. The Bachelor prepares to make one of the most difficult choices of his life, having narrowed down the field to two women with whom he is madly in love Ð Becca K. and Lauren B. – and told both of them that he loves them. Who does Arie, after much soul-searching, see as his future wife? Find out on the season finale of ÒThe Bachelor,Ó MONDAY, MARCH 5 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Paul Hebert)
LAUREN B.

In an interview with E! News, Luyendyk expressed that he can’t wait until the finale airs so that he can finally get a few things “off [his] chest” and clarify things from his point of view.

“I think that people are going to understand me a lot more and understand the ending of this and understand why Caroline is upset,” he said, referring to contestant Caroline Lunny, who accused him of being less than honorable toward the end of the season during Sunday’s Women Tell All special. “But this is my journey and this is about finding a lasting love and that road is not always easiest. So hopefully people will understand more.”

“I always read the not-so-nice comments, but I laugh at them,” he added of brushing off social media haters. “I think they’re really funny, I think they’re really creative. … At the end of the day, the goal is to find somebody to spend the rest of my life with. If I can accomplish that, then it’s a win.”