Blake Horstmann is speaking out and about speaking up with the Bachelor franchise and the drama that comes with it.
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Blake’s Bachelor In Paradise Drama
For Bachelor fans, you will remember back in 2019, Blake took to social media to share his side of things. He admitted in an instagram post that he “made a lot of mistakes this past year that I’m not proud of,” sharing he was dealing with “a lot of insecurities I’ve been struggling with.”
He went on to share more about the situation, “I’ve gotten way in over my head with women and have made a lot of mistakes and although never my intent, I hurt several people along the way and take full responsibility for my actions at Stagecoach and will forever regret the decision I made that weekend.”
On his posts he said,“I NEVER ghosted Caelynn, I NEVER called her a mistake and I absolutely NEVER EVER EVER silenced Caelynn. I never expected to have to do something like this, but after finally seeing the episodes I feel like I have no choice but to release the text exchanges between her and myself. This is the last thing I wanted to do, but my name and character are being attacked. My name is all I really have.”
The Things Viewers Don’t See
On a recent episode Us Weekly’s “Bachelor Regrets” Blakes shares more of what it was like filming the show.
“It’s just such a crazy environment, especially The Bachelor or Bachelorette because it’s a little longer than [Bachelor in] Paradise, obviously. But you do start to build a relationship with your producer or producers,” Blake, 31, said on Tuesday, March 2.
“And in that environment, you have nobody else to lean on. [You’re experiencing] lack of sleep, you’re not eating right, you’re drinking. It’s very emotional and is easier to get manipulated in that environment, obviously, than in your regular life. But at the end of the day, the decisions you make are your own, they can’t make you do anything.”
He goes on to explain more about editing, “Now, it is scary in editing when that they can frankenbite and they can take words that you’d say at different times and put that together. And that is super scary.”
He Has No Regrets About Speaking Up
Blake made it clear that he has no regrets about sharing the text messages after Paradise. He told Us on our “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast “I don’t regret it. I’ll never really apologize for that. I’m never gonna regret [or] apologize for defending myself.”
He explains why he doesn’t regret the drama that went down between him and Caelynn Miller-Keyes on and after Bachelor In Paradise by comparing his situation to Rachael Kirkconnell.
“Do I wish that situation would have never happened, do I wish there was any other way? I mean, the way I look at is — remember how it this season, Rachael, like, they wouldn’t let Rachael put out a statement“
He explained what he was dealing with, “That’s kind of what would have happened to me.”
Yet, Blake shares he still spoke up, “But I told them to F off. I was like, ‘No, like, I’m gonna fight.’ So no, I don’t regret that, I don’t. And I would do it again if I had to. I just wish it didn’t have to come to that, but it did.”
Will Blake Be On Bachelor In Paradise Again?
When asked about regrets it is clear that he has grown over the years, “Oh gosh, for a long time, I did. But now, not really. I’ve become very passionate about mental health; we’re able to help a lot of people. I’ve kind of embraced that role in Bachelor Nation, which has been pretty fun and pretty cool.”
He realizes things happen for a reason and is happy for his former love interest, “And at the end of the day, like, all those people that were, like, ‘hurt’ by me, they’re freaking all happy and engaged or in relationships. So, it’s like, had I not gone down there, would it have happened the way it did? I don’t know. So no, I don’t necessarily regret it.”
“I’ve talked to some of these guys and, like, let’s just say it’s gonna be an interesting Paradise,” he shared with no mention of joining the cast this season. “Everybody’s talking to everybody already. And I’m like, ‘Have you guys learned nothing for me?’”
He shared his advice saying, “Like, don’t do anything for six months! Especially because it’s a weird filming schedule this year because of COVID, you know, because normally [Bachelorette] guys wouldn’t meet any of them because they go straight to Paradise.”