Monday’s “Men Tell All” episode of The Bachelorette was largely focused around recently eliminated contestant Luke Parker. Before the interview portion of the evening began, viewers watched a clip from Greece that showed Parker arriving at the fantasy suite rose ceremony despite having been sent home.
Upon seeing Parker, Bachelorette Hannah Brown asked him why he was there. When he told her he needed to speak with her because he needed closure and his heart was at stake, she told him to leave.
The remaining three contestants, Peter Weber, Tyler Cameron, and Jed Wyatt, along with Chris Harrison, intervened and convinced Parker to exit the premises.
The audience and everyone watching along at home were shocked.
Luke P. on why he came back after being sent home
Shortly after the episode aired, Parker took to Instagram to explain why he chose to return for Brown after she had sent him home.
“I watched Colton’s season and a beautiful southern girl stood out to me during the intro videos,” he began.
He quickly changed his focus to Brown’s sexuality and how it’s directly tied to her spirituality.
“She told the cameras she respected Colton’s virginity and that it was super appealing to her that he was a virgin, and was the bachelor because sex was a big deal to her. I saw her Instagram and in her bio read “I love Jesus with my whole heart”, I was sold and if I was going on this TV show it was for her,” he wrote, as if to say: I thought this girl was virginal.
Parker continued: “The first night I made her a Proverbs 31 bracelet then explained to her that I noticed what she said to Colton and I knew where it came from and how important my faith was to me. Shortly after that, I get the first impression rose,” he wrote, inferring that he earned Brown’s first impression rose because they shared the same religious beliefs.
In the next portion of Parker’s caption, he brings the focus back to Brown’s sexuality. He says she promised that “she wasn’t going to use the fantasy suites for sex,” which, during the “Men Tell All” episode, Brown denies ever saying.
“On my hometown date I brought Hannah to a bible study with my college church group, where I shared my story of how God transformed my life and gave me a desire to live my life for him in obedience, that included waiting until marriage for sex. Hannah on the date, stands up and tells the group her story of how she was convicted to live a life in pursuit of Jesus. She also told them that she wasn’t going to use the fantasy suites for sex but for conversation, no matter how @abcnetwork made it look.”
“I had to go back and fight for her, I believed in my heart she was making the biggest mistake of her life based on what she was telling me, I wanted her to know that we could get through this and I was here for her,” he concludes, suggesting he knows what’s better for Brown than she does.
The point of Parker’s Instagram post seems to be that, ultimately, he feels tricked. He thought Brown was the chaste, holy Mother Mary of his dreams and her ideals turned out to differ slightly from his.
But this is the same man who, a few days after the “Men Tell All” episode was shot, created a Twitter to, seemingly, get into a fight with Brown over who’s the bigger sinner.
Parker hasn’t exactly been known for his consistency this season.
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