season 22 star Arie Luyendyk Jr. took plenty of heat after ending his engagement with Becca Kufrin to be with Lauren Burnham but, now that Becca is the one handing out roses on The Bachelorette
season 14, she has a better grasp of why he made those decisions.
"I think she definitely sympathizes with Arie now," the Bachelor
host told Entertainment Tonight
." I don't know if she's going to go down the same road as Arie, but I think she understands now how that can happen."
In case you've been living under a rock these past few months, Arie chose Becca in the season 22 finale, sending home Lauren with a broken heart. Shortly after Arie and Becca's engagement, however, Arie had a change of heart. Arie broke up with Becca, revealing that he wanted to pursue a relationship with Lauren. During the After the Final Rose, Arie ended up proposing to Lauren, which she accepted. Becca, on the other hand, was named the Bachelorette.
Becca has since been filming for season 14, as series creator Mike Fleiss has been teasing on social media.
"I can't wait for people to actually see her and get to know her as well as we do," the Bachelor host said. "Everything you think of her, add about 10 times to that about how awesome she is. We love her... she's an awesome Bachelorette."
"I am harsh, I'm a harsh critic of the guys just because I can be, and I'm very protective of my Bachelorette," he added. "[But] this is a good group. They are definitely worthy and I think, fingers crossed -- I mean, we're still shooting so I can honestly say this because I don't know how it ends -- hopefully she's gonna find love."
While Chris is excited about Becca's Bachelorette journey, he's also happy for Arie and Lauren, who are "doing great" living together in their recently brought home in Arizona.
"After they got off the show, they kinda got off the grid as well. Went around the world, travelled together, and now they're really just starting a life together," he explained. "I love them and wish them all the best."
"Look I get why people might be mad and angry how it all turned out but at the end of the day, I gotta be happy with two people that are in love," he added. "They're giving it a shot, so I'm happy for them and wish them well."
The Bachelorette season 14 premieres May 28 at 8/7c on ABC.
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