‘Bachelorette’ Recap: Hannah Brown and Other Men Confront Luke on ‘Men Tell All’
During the special, when he is put on the hot seat, Luke says that Hannah is ‘making a huge mistake’ by eliminating him in the previous episode and tries to explain himself better.
AceShowbiz -The Monday, July 22 episode of “The Bachelorette” featured the “Men Tell All” special for season 15. Before that, viewers were treated to the aftermath of Hannah Brown sending Luke Parker after he pissed her off by shaming her for having sex in the fantasy suite. Despite being eliminated, Luke joined the remaining three guys, Jed Wyatt, Peter Weber and Tyler Cameron, in the rose ceremony.
He tried to win over Hannah’s heart once again, and even brought a diamond ring to show her that he was serious. However, Hannah was so sure with her feelings about Luke. With the help from the other men, she eventually sent him for good.
Later on “Men Tell All”, when he was put on the hot seat, Luke said that Hannah was “making a huge mistake” by eliminating him. “You had your say, it just went poorly and you wanted another say…right?” host Chris Harrison asked him, to which Luke responded, “Just to clarify so everyone can understand — I had explained what I wanted in marriage for me. I talked about abstaining from sex before marriage.”
“I would be a fool to continue this and just assume we were on the same page. So i asked her…have you or do you plan on being sexually intimate in the other relationships in the fantasy suite? And that is when she turned and I could tell she felt like I was judging her, where I was simply asking a question for clarity for myself,” he continued explaining.
“She asked me, ‘I’m not saying I have had sex or that I haven’t, but let’s say I have — would that change how you feel?’ I said, ‘To be honest, I don’t know what I would say. I would say I’d want to approach you and talk to you about it.’ Right after that, I said that my initial reaction would be I want to remove myself from the relationship and go home,” he said, adding that he was “completely blindsided” by “how [Hannah] was handling the whole conversation.”
“I wouldn’t want someone that I’m literally getting fitted for a suit to propose in and I’m finding out the night before my one-on-one time with her that she’s having sex. That’s not something I want in a future wife,” he said. But when Chris asked him why he didn’t just leave after learning that Hannah chose to have sex, he couldn’t reply.
“I made a mistake,” he admitted, prompting boos to come from the audience. “I made Hannah out to be this perfect woman, the perfect wife for me, with all the qualities I wanted in my future wife.” Luke also explained that he came back to the rose ceremony because “I felt like she was making a mistake and I really thought that no matter what, this is the one for me. I never felt anything like this. These feelings are real and I know they are real for her.”
Luke went on saying that while he admitted that he came off “very arrogant on the show,” he didn’t agree when Hannah said that he was “narcissistic.” Luke then shocked everyone when he said that he wouldn’t change a thing if he was given a chance to go back, before he backtracked. “Obviously, if I could go back, I would change a whole lot,” he said. “But I’m just thankful that it played out the way it did. I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn and grow as a man from it all.”
Later, fellow contestant Devin came onstage to call out Luke. “I gotta call out s**t when I see it,” he said. “My blood has been boiling. Luke, there are two types of men — men that want an independent, strong woman and men who want a woman they can control. I feel right now that you are the man who wants to control a woman so you can feel better about yourself.”
Devin continued his rant, “I’m sorry, but that’s not a man. What blows my mind is you’re saying you were on a rescue mission to save Hannah, but it seems the only person that needed rescuing was Hannah…from you.”
Devin wasn’t the only one who confronted Luke during the special. Mike dragged Luke for doing “stupid crap” throughout the process, while Connor dubbed Luke a “liar, manipulator and psychopath.”
Before Hannah appeared, Luke told others that he was “sincerely sorry for how it played out and I really hope you can forgive me.” When Hannah came onstage, she offered an insight into why she kept Luke around for so long. “I will never try to say that the feelings that I had for him weren’t real…because they were,” she opened up. “But I think a lot of that came from being really insecure about being the Bachelorette in the first place.”
“I had this doubt of…oh my gosh, are the guys going to be disappointed? The first night there, there was a huge fear of what the guys’ intentions are. Luke made me believe he was there for me and gave me hope from the beginning and I held onto it a lot longer than I should have, but it gave me safety,” she added. “Ultimately, I’m really glad that that relationship is behind me and I learned a lot from the experience. I deserved so much more than what I put up with.”
At one moment, Hannah snapped at Luke when they addressed the fantasy suite. “Fantasy suites aren’t for sex, Luke. You didn’t have one, so maybe you don’t know,” Hannah said. “I had been blind to everything that happened. I knew if I listened to [the other guys] say what [Luke] did, I would always have a ‘what if.’ I didn’t want that. I needed to feel it and see it for myself.”
She continued, “That night, I felt it and saw it for myself. That was when it snapped for me that I will not put up with this. That’s not love. That’s not what the person I want to spend the rest of my life with is ever going to make me feel. I’m so over beings slut-shamed and being told that that makes me not a woman of faith.”
During the episode, Hannah also apologized to Garrett after he told her that he was hurt when she chose Luke over him. Hannah blamed it on the “toxic relationship” she had with Luke for it. “A lot of women have been in toxic relationships and maybe, just maybe, me going through that and being able to remember my with and figure that out for myself can help somebody in that now and see the signs of that and ultimately that makes me realize that I don’t have regrets because it was all worth it,” she explained.
“The Bachelorette” will air a two-night finale on July 29 and July 30 on ABC.
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