AceShowbiz - Dean Unglert is weighing on the relationship drama involving his "Bachelor in Paradise" co-stars Blake Horstmann and Caelynn Miller-Keyes. During his appearance on Ben Higgins' "Almost Famous" podcast on August 7, Dean alluded that what Dean did was crossing the line.
"He took private text messages between him and another girl who did not consent to him releasing these text messages and blasted them publicly for his 600,000 followers," he said to Ben, referring to Blake exposing the private messages between himself and Caelynn as his way to deny the latter's claims that they were in relationship. "Then it got picked up by news outlets, which then gets blasted out to millions more."
"Publishing and publicizing private text messages without the consent of the other person, as a public figure, is one of the most disgraceful things I think he could possibly do," Dean, who is rumored to be dating Caelynn, continued sharing. "You never enter into a text conversation with anyone ever expecting them to screenshot and advertise them."
He also added that sharing the messages between him and "a girl who he was romantically involved with when she was drunk and horny" was "a very obvious form of slut-shaming."
"That's really what's frustrating. Now Caelynn's parents and her sisters and her friends are going to have to see these messages," Dean shared. "Again, it's nonconsensual from her part. I'm sure that they talked, but Blake just did it. … There are a million ways that Blake could have gone about sharing his side of the story and the worst way of those million is by sharing those text messages."
Dean also said that he tried to stop Blake from sharing the message to no avail. "He's used to be being the beloved one from Becca [Kufrin]'s season," Dean explained. "He comes into it thinking everything's going to go his way again, it doesn't go his way, and now he's on ice skates going downhill backwards because he doesn't know what to do."
Dean and Caelynn were rumored to be in a romantic relationship after hitting it off in Mexico this season of "Bachelor in Paradise". "They both went to Paradise and really hit it off there, but then Dean got cold feet and left," one source revealed to PEOPLE. "He got home and realized he really had feelings for Caelynn, so went back to Paradise for a second chance. Things have been going much better between them since they left Mexico together."