Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s Ex-Girlfriend Looks So Much Like Lauren Burnham It's Eerie

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We're still reeling from last night's season finale of The Bachelor, during which Arie Luyendyk Jr. proposed to Becca Kufrin, then subsequently dumped her on a "happy couple" weekend visit when he realized he was still head-over-heels for runner-up Lauren Burnham. Judging from Arie's most recent ex-girlfriend, we totally should have known that Lauren was really the one for him

  • It's probably safe to say Arie has a type.

    Nope, that's not Lauren posing with Arie on a mountain hike -- it's his ex-girlfriend Sydney Stempfley, who admitted last fall that she was "blindsided" when Arie was announced as The Bachelor just weeks after their breakup. The couple had dated for over a year, and even lived together for some time. 

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  • During the show, Arie admitted that Becca was probably a better fit for his life, but there was still just something about Lauren.

    According to Becca (via People magazine), she definitely saw some red flags that her fiancé still had feelings for her castmate after the season started airing (filming was finished last November, a full month before the premiere on January 1).

    She explained to the mag, "At that point, I knew that he had liked some of her Instagram photos so we had a conversation about it. And that was the first time that he really threw it out that he should have a conversation with her and just apologize for how things had ended with her, that he had felt guilty."

    "He had told me, 'I still have feelings for her, I'm trying to work through them,'" she continued. "He said it was hard for him to always talk about it in interviews with the press, to relive that relationship. He said he couldn't close that chapter until everything was said and done and the finale aired. That whole time we were just looking at the end goal of this week to finally be done with that and move on and be together and work through it as a team."

  • Sydney even predicted that Arie was going to have a difficult time committing to just one woman.

    Sounds like she had his number. In the days before Arie was announced as the new star of the show on his search for love, she tweeted, "The show would be perfect for @ariejr up until it comes to choosing just one."

    She told Entertainment Tonight last fall that their breakup was the last thing she had expected. She may look just like Lauren, but it sounds like she may have more in common with Becca -- at least when it comes to getting dumped by someone she thought she had a future with.

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    She said, "The night before the breakup, we hung a light fixture together, made beef stew and I slept over. Everything was normal! The next day, we had plans after I got off work. It was just a regular day, so it definitely caught me by surprise. It was over the phone originally, just out of the heat of an argument, just a small argument. But then I went over to his place and we discussed it further and that’s kind of when it happened [for good] -- it was in person."

    "It was very emotional," she added. "You know, you’re trying to get answers and you can’t. I couldn't really get a definite answer … I've never seen him cry, ever. I could tell that he was emotional, but there wasn’t tears on his end."
  • Given what we know now, we really shouldn't have been surprised by Arie's actions after the final rose ceremony.

    Now we just can't wait to see how it all plays out with Lauren. According to reports, the two are together now, and may even be engaged at this point. Will Arie finally be able to settle on one woman? Given that Lauren seems to be more his "type," she may have a batter chance at lasting happiness with him than Becca ever did.