Rachel Lindsay Doesn’t Want Peter Kraus For ‘Bachelor’ 2018 — But Will He Be?
Though the Bachelorette insisted she was happier than ever with new fiancé Bryan Abasolo, she seemed to still be harboring a grudge against her runner-up — even attempting to sabotage his Bachelor chances!
Rachel’s been receiving a ton of backlash from fans since last night’s finale, and ensuing live special — largely due to the way she reacted to Peter.
When the Wisconsin hunk joined the Dallas gal on stage for their first reunion since May, he was admittedly and obviously shaken.
“I’m shaking like a leaf right now, I’m terrified. This is hard,” he shared.
The Bachelorette, who then called their split “really, really frustrating,” didn’t hold back on her ex.
“I was confused in that moment. I didn’t understand how you could come that far … so I was confused as to why you were … planning this future with me,” she recalled.
She also wanted to make it clear that there were some behind-the-scenes issues between the two that factored into her reservations about him.
The show chose to focus on her wanting him to pop the question in the finale — something he was reluctant to do after just two-plus months — but she explained that “there were other deep-rooted issues” she’d seen with the business owner.
Not only that, but she then rationalized the extreme “emotion” she was showing to be mostly caused by her past experiences in another serious relationship.
She certainly seems to be down-playing her relationship with the 31-year-old former model...
He tried to apologize for lashing out during their breakup and telling her she would have a “mediocre” life without him, but Rach wasn’t really receptive of the apology.
“I’m living my best life,” she shot back. Ooo burn!
RACHEL: I'm living my best lifeAmanda Hess (@amandahess) August 8, 2017
But the real kicker came when she alluded to the buzz that Pete might be the next Season 22 lead.
“I just don’t think this world, this process, this journey, this show — I just don’t think it’s for you. You need more time, you need to see things through,” she stated firmly.
From her shade-throwing to this Bachelor comment, her runner-up was clearly bothered by his former girlfriend’s attitude towards him.
“I’m out here and I feel attacked in the way that you responded to that,” he said.
She then pried further, asking why he felt attacked, but he declined to answer on-camera.
Eventually, the two ended their chat on civil terms, giving the Bachelorette the “closure” she said she needed.
“I wish you nothing but the best and I just really want happiness for you,” he told her, which she returned in kind.
Still, the tension was palpable, even as he left stage.
While the second-place finisher is still working through his lingering feelings for the tough-talking lawyer, she is telling People she knew it was Bryan before the breakup with Peter.
“When I walked into Peter’s hotel room at the very end, I knew that I was going to send Peter home,” the 32-year-old says in the latest issue.
“At that point, I knew it was Bryan. I did not want Peter to come to the proposal, pick out a suit, pick out a ring, prepare what he was going to say just to get turned down.”
She continues, “With Peter, I constantly got this push and this pull… There’s no denying I didn’t care about Peter, I just knew he wasn’t the one for me.”
What a difference a couple of months make, right?
As for Peter, he hasn’t spoken out publicly since ATFR aired, though he did post on Instagram earlier in the night.
“One year ago, after months of convincing by close friends, I submitted this picture to casting for 'The Bachelorette,’” he starts in the caption of a particularly sharp-looking headshot.
One year ago, after months of convincing by close friends, I submitted this picture to casting for 'The Bachelorette'. From the moment I got that first call back to this moment on the day of the finale, it has been the experience of a life time, filled with highs and lows, people to hold onto for a life time, and experiences I will never forget. Thank you all for being a part of it. See you tonight. #thebachelorette
“From the moment I got that first call back to this moment on the day of the finale, it has been the experience of a life time [sic], filled with highs and lows, people to hold onto for a life time [sic], and experiences I will never forget. Thank you all for being a part of it. See you tonight. #thebachelorette.”
That sounds like someone who would be willing to do Bachelor, if asked. And he probably will be asked…
On Monday night, producer Robert Mills teased Peter is still in the running with the following tweet:
Plus, with all the #TeamPeter stuff going on on social media last night, there’s no way ABC wouldn’t at least consider it.
Click through to see Bachelor Nation’s feelings on him as Bachelor. Don’t you think it’s his to lose?
Peter: What is wrong with me?Brett S. Vergara (@BrettSVergara) August 8, 2017
America: LITERALLY NOTHING #TheBachelorette