If you follow The Bachelor spoilers, you have a pretty good idea of how this season is going to end.
But what will be next for Arie and his new love?
A feud, apparently, in the immediate term.
Arie’s former bestie Jef Holm is betting $5,000 that Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s Bachelor relationship doesn’t last a year.
Coming from a former friend, those are what you’d call fighting words.
And Arie’s hitting back with some shade of his own. It doesn’t look like their feud is going away any time soon.
Two days before the big announcement that he would be this season’s leading man, Arie dumped his girlfriend to become The Bachelor.
That didn’t sit too well with some people. Because it made him seem hungry to build his brand rather than to find love, but also because it grossed some people out.
His ex was, after all, a real person. With feelings.
Jef Holm was more than happy to add fuel to the Arie-hating fire, saying of his former friend:
“I stopped being friends with him years ago because he’s disgusting.”
Holm then teased: “Oh, the stories I could tell….”
And now, during the premiere of Arie’s season, Jef Holm has tweeted out an offer:
“Doesn’t matter who gets out of the limo… I’ll give 5k to the charity of @chrisbharrison’s choice if @ariejr lasts 1 year with anyone.”
That is perhaps the most vicious offer of charity that we’ve ever seen on Twitter.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. responded, telling Access Hollywood:
“[He’s] throwing a lot of shade, but we haven’t talked in four years since Sean [Lowe’s] wedding.”
Arie’s response continues:
“I have no clue [why Jef is bitter]. That’s kind of a question for him more than me.”
Arie also says that Jef Holm “would have lost his own bet, I guess.”
Overall, Arie’s trying to be as dismissive as possible towards Jef without, you know, painting himself as the bad guy.
“I have so much to concentrate on with this and I’m just trying to stay positive,” he says.
He also has a line that’s a bit tone-deaf for a guy sometimes believed to be selfish and egotistical:
“I’m just concentrating on me.”
Chris Bukowski, who competed alongside both Jef and Arie on The Bachelorette, told Life & Style:
“Obviously, he and Arie were like best friends and they’re no longer. They’re not friends”
Bukowski, of course, had also made it into the Final Four that season. So he would know.
“I don’t know the whole story because they were best friends and then they ended up hating each other.”
We’d all like to know what exactly led Jef Holm to believe that Arie was “disgusting.”
“Arie definitely has a better relationship with the show, the producers, than Jef does.”
Clearly, since Arie is now playing the titular role on The Bachelor.
“So, I don’t know if Jef is [now] reaching to sort of [stay relevant], but at the same time, it’s like Arie’s time.”
We’d all love to know.
If producers are really that fond of Arie, maybe they won’t be eager to give Jef Holm a platform.
Or, maybe — when the season’s over — they’ll invite Jef Holm to speak his mind about Arie.
We would be eager to hear what Holm has to say. Isn’t everyone?
It may be that Arie’s fiancee will wish that she’d heard Holm’s take on Arie before she accepted his ring.