Things are just getting started Monday nights with Becca Kufrin and ABC’s The Bachelorette 2018 season, but there’s a potential situation brewing with one of her suitors that has many viewers up in arms. Rumored frontrunner Garrett Yrigoyen has allegedly left a questionable social media footprint that has Becca fans concerned, and a post from Kufrin seems like it may be vaguely addressing the situation as she asks people to keep an open mind about her bachelors.
As was previously reported by the Inquisitr, former Bachelor contestant Ashley Spivey first started addressing this situation after being sent some screenshots of what bachelor Garrett Yrigoyen had allegedly “liked” in the past. The posts that caught people’s attention centered around themes of being anti-feminist, anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, and so on, and Yrigoyen seemed to have a pattern of noting his agreement with those ultra-conservative viewpoints.
So far, there has been no official comment on the situation from ABC, Garrett, or Becca Kufrin. Yrigoyen deleted that previous Instagram account and started a new one, and the Bachelorette lead did share a post on Instagram that could be interpreted as being related to the online buzz.
Kufrin posted a photo of her standing with her Bachelorette suitors and she thanked everybody for the love they’ve shown her this past year. Becca also asked that viewers keep an open mind as they watch her journey unfold. She noted that there were 28 guys who laid their hearts on the line for her and that they came into this season with “many different personalities, interests and perspectives.”
Welp I meant to post this earlier but I was on a flight and just bad at this whole social media thing. BUT - Before you all join me in watching the beginning of my love story tonight, I want to take a second to give thanks. Thank you to everyone for all of the love, support and kind words that I’ve received over the past year. It fills my heart in places that I didn’t even know existed. I also want to ask that you keep an open heart in watching this all unfold. 28 guys came on this journey with me from all across the country and laid their hearts on the line for a chance at love. There are many different personalities, interests and perspectives, but every man deserves to feel the same support and openness that I’ve received over the past few months. It’s not an easy thing to do, to give up your life and put everything on display, especially in this social climate. But these men were brave enough to do that with me, and that’s something truly special. To the 28 of you who went through this crazy journey with me - thank you. You all added to my story in some way. You taught me about yourselves and even about myself along the way. I think it’s safe to say (one last time) that we did the damn thing together. I also want to thank the entire production team and crew. Each and every one of you is driven and kind, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of your hard work. It doesn’t go unnoticed, so thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thanks for reading this novel, I vow to never write this long of a post again. NOW LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED! ????
The Bachelorette star went on to say that all of the guys deserve the same support and openness that she herself has received from people, and she noted that “this social climate” can make it especially difficult to do what these contestants are asked to do by jumping into filming.
Becca has already shared that she is engaged and very happy with her final rose recipient, and Bachelorette fans hope that this engagement sticks for her. As Spivey and others have noted, they worry about Garrett’s alleged social media activity in large part because those viewpoints seem to run quite contrary to Kufrin’s personal viewpoints on similar topics.
Some wonder if perhaps Yrigoyen’s account was hacked or the likes somehow staged to make him look bad. Both Ashley and Huffington Post writer Claire Fallon note that the idea that Garrett’s name was superimposed over someone else’s on the posts to make him look bad, a potential theory floated by gossip guru Reality Steve, doesn’t hold water. They say they both independently verified that Yrigoyen’s Instagram account liked the numerous posts in question, even though the question may remain whether he did those likes himself.
Will ABC or Yrigoyen address this situation? Given the Bachelorette spoilers floating around, it could become a lasting controversy this season and, especially in the wake of the Roseanne incident with ABC, people will surely want clarification on what seem to be questionable likes by Garrett.
Will Becca Kufrin’s engagement to her final rose pick last? Will Garrett Yrigoyen’s alleged social media activity have an impact on how things play out on ABC’s The Bachelorette 2018 season? It’ll be interesting to see where this heads next and fans are hopeful that Kufrin’s engagement will turn out to be a lasting and happy one.