Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s Engagement to Lauren Burnham Seems a Little Too Perfect

Arie Luyendyk Lauren Burnham

Well? The cat is officially out of the bag. After breaking off his engagement with Becca Kufrin, Arie Luyendyk Jr. proposed to Lauren Burnham, and now the two of them are going to ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after, just like any reality TV couple should. But based on what we saw take place on the After the Final Rose special, as far as how Lauren and Arie found their way back together, am I the only one who thinks there's something fishy going on with this whole scenario?

  • More on what happened last night in a minute. First, let's discuss the little reminder that Us Weekly dropped yesterday. Arie and Lauren met before The Bachelor.

    Arie Luyendyk Lauren Burnham

    Yep, it's true. Apparently Lauren and Arie met at a race in Dallas "a long time ago," whatever the hell that means. An insider told Us Weekly that the two posed for a picture together, and added, "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."

    Oh, and Lauren showed Arie the picture of them together when she arrived at the Bachelor mansion, and he was all, "I remember you!" (Yeah. I didn't recall that from the first night of the show either, until I saw this photo. But it seems significant.)

    Um ... isn't this a little bit coincidental? Surely having photos of herself with the show's leading man helped Lauren out in the casting department -- but what if there is more to the story? Like what if he remembers her because the two of them connected on social media after that Dallas race? Just a thought. Moving on.

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  • Back to what happened on ATFR.

    Based on what we watched during that "unedited" scene where Arie broke things off with Becca because he wanted to give things with Lauren another chance, we were led to believe that he was taking this big leap of faith, and that he had no idea whether or not Lauren would agree to take him back. 

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    But then when he showed up at her mom's house in Virginia Beach, he declared that he was "having a panic attack" before knocking on the door -- and we were all glued to the TV waiting for Lauren to open the door and look at him like "WTF are you doing here, jerk?" 

    Who else was totally confused when she jumped into his arms and even squealed a little bit? Call me totally dumb, but it seemed obvious that Lauren was not only expecting Arie to show up -- she also knew exactly why he was there, and she was possibly sitting on the couch thumbing through bridal magazines while anticipating his arrival. 

  • And then we learned from other cast members that Arie DID have confirmation that Lauren was going to take him back BEFORE he dumped Becca.

    Bachelor cast

    Which means the whole bit about Arie taking this huge risk and following his heart to see if he could have another chance with the woman he left behind is, well, kind of a lie. Or embellished truth, at the very least.

    Another thing -- Arie didn't really seem all that emotional while breaking up with Becca, a woman he had gotten down on one knee for a mere month and a half beforehand -- even while she was sitting there sobbing and basically drowning in a pile of her own tears. How could he not be just a little bit choked up about breaking her heart like that? Oh, and get this one -- he's now claiming he let the breakup be filmed so that Becca would have the chance to be The Bachelorette.

    And here's where the big "What if" comes into play. What if he really DIDN'T totally break her heart? Hear me out.

  • OK, so this is gonna sound like a crazy conspiracy theory. But what if Arie picking Becca, then dumping her, then running back to Lauren was part of a bigger plan on ABC's part -- that the three main players were all potentially in on?


    Before I go any further, no, I am NOT calling Becca a liar, and I totally love her, and I think she is sincere and a class act. But this IS reality TV we're talking about. And it's no big secret that fans have been losing interest in The Bachelor and The Bachelorette for quite some time now. But suddenly, with the "epic finale twist" on this season, it's like new life has been breathed into the show again. 

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    Not only were fans sucked in (myself included) by the insane drama that occurred, but now we also happen to have this new Bachelorette that exactly every single person who follows the show is totally in love with. She's the definition of America's Sweetheart -- and now we all can't wait to tune in for her journey, which starts on May 28. 

    Seems a little too perfect, doesn't it?

  • Another thing -- Arie was stupid in love with Lauren throughout the entire season.

    Arie Luyendyk Lauren Burnham

    Seriously, the dude was practically tongue-twisted (in more ways than one) every time he was around her, and their chemistry was off the charts. It was beyond obvious that she was the front-runner, and then BOOM! Suddenly he and Becca were all serious too, which kind of came out of nowhere. 

  • Other than his parents influencing his decision, and "taking the safe route," proposing to Becca made exactly zero sense. And even Lauren seemed to foreshadow what was about to happen after Arie said goodbye to her at the final rose ceremony.

    Lauren Burnham

    She asked Arie, "Why did you do that?" And then driving away in the SUV, she clearly stated that she thought he was making a mistake, and felt that he took the safe route. 

    Hmm. And then Arie turned around and said basically the exact same thing when he was trying to justify his breakup with Becca. Interesting.

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  • Let's cut to that "surprise" proposal we saw last night.

    Arie Luyendyk Lauren Burnham

    This thing totally felt staged, and not at all like some big surprise. And considering Reality Steve indicated that Arie had proposed to Lauren at the Monarch Resort in Dana Point, California, on February 25, it makes us wonder if last night's "engagement" wasn't really Arie and Lauren's real engagement. This one was all for show. You know ... for the fans.

  • So that's it. That's my theory on what really happened this season. It was basically a season of UnREAL that was ... real. Or something.

    But regardless of whether there's any truth to these assumptions or not, I'm honestly so excited for Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette, I can hardly stand it.

  • Let's just hope the dudes she meets on the first night are better than the few that ABC presented on ATFR.

    Becca Kufrin Bachelorette

    On that note, "let's do the damn thing."