Bachelor in Paradise Star Blake Scandal

Everyone’s favourite summer show is back. Bachelor in Paradise, began its new season this week with an incredibly juicy bombshell from the real world: Caelynn Miller-Keyes (the third runner-up, Colton Underwood’s Bachelor season) and Blake Horstmann (first runner-up, Becca Kufrin’s Bachelorette season) slept together before the start of the show.

Can’t Get Along

The duo cannot get along and as episodes premier, it is apparent that the two have only bad blood for each other. As unfolded during Paradise’s past two episodes, a hysterical Caelynn claimed she and Blake were “together” for a few months before he unexpectedly broke things off, while he believed they were just having some no-strings-attached fun. Blake’s reputation shattered after a confrontation with Caelynn on Tuesday’s episode, and he’s now been brandished as a unanimous f***kboy by the Paradise’s ladies.

Took to Instagram

Or should he not be? Because while the episode was airing on Tuesday, Blake went on Bachelor Nation’s app of choice, Instagram, to share several text-message screenshots the duo sent each other prior to the show filming. The screenshots (which Blake has since deleted from his Stories ) contradict the majority of Caelynn’s claims and portray her as someone exploiting their past for sympathy. (Something Miller-Keyes is no stranger to.)

Where did this all begin?

When did this all begin? And what do they both agree on?
Blake and Caelynn both say on Paradise that they ran into each other at the Tom Hanks-approved Stagecoach Festival earlier this year, after months of chatting and messaging each other. Other contestants, including Tayshia Adams, were also present at the festival. Blake admitted that he slept with Caelynn one evening of the festival, and with a fellow contestant, Kristina Schulman, on another evening. Stagecoach is a three-day festival.

How did she explain?

How did she explain Blake’s behaviour on Paradise?
She claims Blake demanded that she remain quiet about their tryst, and lie to anyone who asks about their involvement. She also said that the morning after they slept together, Horstmann was actively DMing many Bachelor Nation women in bed, excited at the prospect of meeting them in Paradise.

“I feel like a slimy, disgusting secret that you’re ashamed of,” she told him during their confrontation in Tuesday’s episode. “You literally told me to lie for you.” She also said that he made her feel like a “fucking dirty secret.”

Insisted

Blake insisted Miller-Keyes exaggerated how their Stagecoach hook-up came to be, and that he wasn’t the one who pursued her at the festival. He did show remorse for having two back-to-back trysts with her and Schulman, though.

“It looks like we slept together and I bolted, and that wasn’t what happened,” he tearfully said in a Paradise talking-head interview. “Sometimes you try to do the right thing — I didn’t want to disrespect Caelynn, I didn’t want to disrespect Kristina. Man, this is bad. I look like the worst human in the world.”

The Screenshots

So, what are these screenshots Horstmann released? Blake’s screenshot messages come from two different time periods. The first round of screenshots are from that fateful Stagecoach weekend, where Miller-Keyes is shown to be the aggressor in their hook-up — she ignores his “no” pleas and orders an Uber to go to wherever he was staying.

“Come on loosen up. Let’s just have a good time, man,” she writes. “Yes sex, only sex. If I come over it’s strictly for sex. Nothing more nothing less. I’m just trying to be honest, ya know.” Horstmann, as we know, eventually relents, after writing things like “we can cuddle but no sex” and “I have willpower.”

The second round of screenshots, which Horstmann said were sent a week before Paradise started filming, shows the duo frantically deliberating if they should go public with their relationship — or should even go on Paradise at all.

“We fucked up so bad,” he wrote. “If we play it off as not being a big deal then it’s not. Everyone hooks up in this world,” she responded. “I really don’t want to tell people but I also don’t want people finding out and looking like a liar … everything is good.” They both eventually calm down, and agree they’re likely overanalyzing the situation.

Why did he publish the screenshots?

In another Instagram Story, Horstmann said he wasn’t going to remain silent while seeing all the “lies” Miller-Keyes told on Paradise.

“This is the last thing I wanted to do, but my name and character are being attacked. My name is all I really have,” he explained. “Most of all, it is the only real way to prove that what is being said by Caelynn and the story that is being shown is far from the truth. I’m deeply sorry for my actions at Stagecoach but telling the world that I silenced a woman amongst many other harmful accusations was just too much.”

Michaella Vanderkooi

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