D├â┬⌐j├â┬á vu for Melissa Rycroft!
Sadly, this isn’t the first time this has happened in the show’s history.
After season 13 winner Rycroft got engaged to Jason Mesnick in 2009, the two broke up after he reunited with runner-up — and now-wife — Molly Mesnick.
Melissa, now a mom of three, dished to People:
“It wasn’t a good look 10 years ago, and it isn’t a good look now… Arie saw what happened our season with Jason and he talked to Jason before he did this, and yet he still made the move.”
Despite the obvious similarities, Melissa says the two breakups are actually quite different.
“I think when Jason proposed to me, he genuinely thought it was me and was being honest about his feelings… He realized the relationship didn’t work, and that’s how it ended. But with Arie, no woman out there wants to hear you picked me because I was safe, because the woman you really wanted you think would have rejected you. Even if you are feeling that, don’t say it!”
Looking back at her shocking split, Rycroft admits she was completely caught off guard, and believes Becca was too.
“I had no clue what was coming when Jason broke things off… And I don’t think Becca knew. I think she was blindsided. And Arie didn’t even give her a good reason. He’s not justifying anything. He was so unemotional and detached from it.”
“When it’s somebody who is supposed to be the guy you’re spending the rest of your life with and he ambushes you on camera, those were the feelings coming back to me ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ when I was like, ‘This could have been done privately, you could have warned me, and now I’m humiliated and I’m heartbroken and I’m embarrassed.”‘
Not surprisingly, Melissa has harsh words for the former race car driver and his new fianc├â┬⌐e Lauren.
“He didn’t think about the tone… I think he’s emotionally clueless. And as a woman, Lauren should have said, ‘Out of respect for what’s going on, let’s take this slow.’ But she defended him.”‘
Rycroft is currently based in Dallas, and is married to husband Tye Strickland.
Kufrin has been named the new Bachelorette.
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