Shockwaves from the biggest twist in Bachelor history continue to be felt as Arie Luyendyk Jr. proposed again. This time around, he asked Lauren Burnham.
Love's Young Dream
The beleaguered Bachelor, who faced significant social media criticism for his cruel treatment of Becca Kufrin, popped the question on The Bachelor: After the Final Rose.
The finale episode of the super-popular reality show found Luyendyk Jr. proposing for the second time this season, following his short-lived engagement to Sufrin.
The 36-year-old race car driver proposed to Kufrin with a 4-carat, platinum set Neil Lane diamond halo ring reportedly worth nearly $80,000. Burnham's ring, also designed by Lane, is just over 3.6 carats. It's cushion cut, with a center stone surrounded by a diamond halo.
Sufrin was announced as the next bachelorette on the special episode, while Burnham and Luyendyk Jr. gushed about how much stronger their relationship is following the show.
Following His Heart
The former bachelor revealed how, after finishing things with Becca in L.A., he flew immediately to Virginia to reunite with Lauren. His proposal happened on After the Final Rose, making it the second most shocking proposal of this particular season.
"I made some bad decisions, but the best decision was running back to you. I can't imagine a life without you. You have shown me a love that is patient, a love that is kind, and I truly believe you are my soulmate. ... I want to do this in front of everyone because I want to show you that I should have done this a long time ago," Arie said in his proposal.
The happy couple is planning to travel for a bit before moving in together in Arizona, where Luyendyk Jr. is currently based.
He hinted the switch-around towards the end of February. Even Lane himself reportedly claimed that he was unsure of the former bachelor's commitment when the time came to design Kufrin's ring.
"We talked for a long time and while I didn't know exactly what he was thinking at the time, he did seem so torn, conflicted, very serious and under a lot of pressure," he said at the time.
Luyendyk Jr.'s dumping of Sufrin came under fierce criticism online, particularly from previous Bachelor contestants. A series of mysterious billboards calling for him to leave have even popped up in Los Angeles as a result of his behavior.
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