AceShowbiz - Becca Kufrin has broken her silence over recent controversy sparked by Garrett Yrigoyen's "Thin Blue Line" post. Days after her fiance got criticized for voicing support for law enforcement amid the Black Lives Matter protests, the season 14 star of "The Bachelorette" openly acknowledged that his social media post was "tone deaf."
The 30-year-old weighed in on the issue for the first time during the Tuesday, June 9 episode of their "Bachelor Happy Hour" podcast. "Garrett is my fiance and I love him and to his core, I believe that he is a good person," she told co-host Rachel Lindsay, before adding, "What he posted…I don't align with and I don't agree with."
While believing that Yrigoyen did not have any malicious intention behind his controversial post, the former fiancee of Arie Luyendyk Jr. did acknowledge, "I do think it was tone-deaf, and it was the wrong time and message and sentiment." She further added, "I'm trying to get him to see the bigger picture."
Kufrin later admitted in an Instagram post about the podcast episode that the conversation she and Lindsay had "was the hardest, most uncomfortable, but important ones." She went on to note, "I value my friendship with Rachel. I also value my partnership with Garrett. So this is really effing hard. As it should be."
"The Bachelor" alum continued, "I will be the first to admit that listening to this back, I came up short. Very short. I listen to this & wish I had said more, wish I could have expressed myself better, wish I could have given so much more than I did. I think to myself 'I didn't ask the right questions,' 'I threw out the incorrect phrases,' 'I didn't defend my fiance,' 'why couldn't I back up my thought process better?' The list goes on & on."
Answering the question where she goes on from here, she stated, "I can only try to move forward with what I believe is right, how to accept, be patient, & show care to others - especially for those who are hurting most right now." In the end, she concluded, "If I've learned anything throughout these past 2 years, it's that we have the beautiful capability to be better than the day before, so that's what I'm trying my damndest at."
During the discussion over Yrigoyen's post, Lindsay stressed to Kufrin where her disappointment at him laid. "To me, this is what Garrett thinks, this is what Garrett is. He posted a black box. He never said 'black lives matter.' He posted fists of every color, which to me is like, 'Everybody, all lives.' And then the very next post is the 'thin blue line' with a heartfelt, thought-out caption that he said with his chest," she explained. "And to me, that is what you feel, and that is what you believe. I don't think Garrett is malicious, but Garrett is what the problem is."
Yrigoyen uploaded his "Thin Blue Line" post on Isntagram on June 4. Along with it, he wrote, "I've listened, learned, helped, supported, and grown. With so many friends and family in law enforcement I couldn't sit back and not support them and the hundreds of thousands of men and women of all races that represent this Thin Blue Line as well."
His post was quick to be met with criticism from Bachelor Nation star Bekah Martinez, prompting him to hit back at her. "I remember you saying how much you loved me to Becca and you made a mistake for judging me in the past without knowing me…needless to say you never got to know me, still don't know me, and you're no longer invited over," he wrote in an Instagram Story feed.
Asked about her response to Yrigoyen's social media declaration, Martinez told Ashley Iaconetti and Ben Higgins in the Monday, June 8 episode of their "Almost Famous" podcast, "I don't particularly like Garrett and I'm not interested in having dinner with him." Though so, she is hopeful their disagreement does not affect her relationship with Kufrin.