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Gasp! Arie Luyendyk Jr. & Lauren Burnham Actually Met Before The Bachelor!

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Was Lauren Burnham an Arie Luyendyk Jr. groupie before going on The Bachelor?!

Apparently, the 26-year-old went to one of the ABC leading man's races in Dallas before she appeared on the reality show as one of the contestants vying for his love!

It gets more annoying though…

In effort to keep us in the dark, the network cut out Lauren's limo exit, during which she brought a framed photo of them posing together that day, when the show aired back in January! RUDE.

Related: Chris Harrison Defends ABC

A source tells Us Weekly of the couple's pre-show encounter:

"Lauren met Arie a long time ago for like 10 minutes at a race in Dallas and they took a photo together. She showed him the picture the first night at the mansion and he was like, ‘Oh my gosh I remember you!'"

The insider adds:

"Lauren and her friends went to the races because her friend was watching another guy. They went into the pits and took some photos with Arie and [joked] around with him. They laughed and talked for a few minutes."

Wow. If they would have just connected that day, we wouldn't have had to suffer through this entire season — and Becca K.'s heart would have been spared. THANKS A LOT, ABC.

[Image via ABC.]

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