Producers of The Bachelorette may be pushing a “Brokeback Bachelor” storyline, but Kaitlyn Bristowe isn’t buying it. Insisting to People that the men in question, Clint Arlis and J.J. Lane, are “just bros,” Bristowe provided a further explanation of her former suitors’ comments on the show.
“I really think it’s just them having fun. I don’t think they’re [gay]. They’re just bros.”
She even revealed she could relate to how boredom in the Bachelor and/or Bachelorette mansion can get the best of the contestants.
“You have a lot of downtime [in the house]. You find comfort in one person almost. I did that with Becca Tilley. We joked about being the first lesbian Bachelorettes!”
Tilley and Bristowe were two of Bachelor Chris Soules’ final three. He eventually chose Whitney Bischoff, an engagement they recently called off.
Former Bachelor contestant Sharleen Joynt, who took a voluntary exit during Juan Pablo Galavis’ season, wrote in her blog for Flare that she also sees the “Brokeback Bachelor” storyline as created by producers. She noted, however, that audiences would probably welcome a same-sex relationship on the show.
“It’s clearly a ridiculous case of creative editing and, with all the drama that naturally seems to be occurring this season, I question the need for it. But am I the only one who would have been thrilled for two men to actually find love—with each other—while on the ‘Bachelorette?’ Based on the amount of time they spend together in the house I feel like they could have a better chance of making it than the final couple. Just sayin’.”
People who make believe for a living — actors — have been weighing in on what’s behind “Brokeback Bachelor.” Actor Amanda Seyfried tweeted her suspicions to Bristowe.
— Kaitlyn Bristowe (@kaitlynbristowe) June 4, 2015
Are we sure “Clint” and “JJ” aren’t actors @kaitlynbristowe?
— Amanda Seyfried (@AmandaSeyfried) June 4, 2015
Others called the creative editing offensive.
Anyone PO’d at ABC’s baiting #BrokebackBachelor promos that turned out to be a joke? (I’m more upset abt climate change but it’s irritating)
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) June 3, 2015
— Rob Forman (@robsforman) June 2, 2015
— HollywoodLife (@HollywoodLife) June 2, 2015
On Monday’s episode, viewers will learn whether Bristowe sends Clint Arlis home. The episode will also feature the return of a former Bachelorette finalist, Nick Viall.
The Bachelorette airs on ABC.
[Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Bristowe/Instagram]