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Carly Waddell Defends Decision To Skip Zak Waddell’s Wedding, Flaunts Kirk DeWindt Relationship

On Sunday night’s episode of Bachelor in Paradise, Carly Waddell revealed, during her one-on-one date with Kirk DeWindt, that she missed her brother Zak Waddell’s wedding in Ireland to be on the show. With Kirk right next to her, Carly called Zak, who was one of the final four men on Desiree Hartsock’s season of The Bachelorette, in Ireland right after his wedding and congratulated him. Carly explained to the camera that while it was heartbreaking for her to miss her brother’s decision, her brother encouraged her to go on the show to find her own love.

As the scene aired, Carly tweeted that it was her most favorite moment in her life.

Carly also retweeted Zak’s tweet that explained why he seemed out of it and distant during the call.

Carly responded that she still enjoyed the moment.

Yet Carly Waddell has apparently received a lot of criticism from viewers for missing her brother’s wedding. On Tuesday morning, Carly posted a photo of herself with Zak at his domestic wedding. She explained that while she missed the wedding in Ireland, she did attend Zak’s wedding reception in Texas. She added that she went on Bachelor in Paradise with Zak and his fiancee’s blessing and that Zak was excited for her to find her own love story.

“For those wondering…I DID get to go to my brothers wedding reception in Texas…and we told lots of secrets. 🙊My brother was SO excited for me to go on Paradise and find my OWN love story, just like he did. It was the BEST moment to be able to call him on my 1 on 1 date call with @kirkdewindtpt. (Couldn’t have asked for better company) I’m SO glad I made the decision to go and had his and his wife’s blessing. @realzakwaddell@elizabethwad 😍”

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Zak’s new wife, Elizabeth, sent Carly a supportive message.

“Love you @carlywad!! If anyone has any issues with the decision you made just send them my way 👊🏼💪”

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, several men from Desiree Hartsock’s season of The Bachelorette attended Zak Waddell’s wedding reception in Texas in late June. Juan Pablo Galavis, who later went on to become the star of The Bachelor after Des’ season, posted a photo of himself at the wedding with Zak, Drew Kinney, Michael Garofola, and Dan Cox. Both Michael and Dan joined Carly on season 2 of Bachelor in Paradise. While Michael was sent home on Monday night’s episode, Dan is still on it.

As for Carly Waddell’s relationship with Kirk DeWindt, that seems to still be going strong, or at least that’s what she wants people to think. On Monday, she posted a photo of herself and Kirk sitting in a hotel room in bathrobes with big smiles on their faces.

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