Bachelorette season 12 contestant Luke Pell may have lost his chance to star on The Bachelor season 21 when the coveted position went to Nick Viall but the 32-year-old war veteran remains the subject of controversy. From telling interviews about his thwarted Bachelor gig and how he would have made a better leading man than Viall to his country singing career and possibly dating new Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay, Pell is certainly making a lot of noise these days. Most recently, he's defending himself against several ladies who have come forward claiming that they both got played by the almost-Bachelor star.
According to Reality Steve
, it all started when fashion blogger Airelle Snyder shared her story on her YouTube Channel about how she was set to be on The Bachelor season 21 (on the 7:56 mark of the video). Basically, Pell, who thought he got the coveted Bachelor gig, got in touch with Snyder asking if she was interested in joining the reality dating show. The pair eventually hit it off. During the relationship, Pell allegedly promised that he would pick her in the end but, after it was announced that Viall got the gig instead of Pell, "Luke ghosts her from that point forward."
Snyder's story caught the attention of Bachelor season 21 contestant Lauren Hussey, who also shared an unfortunate experience with Pell on YouTube. In a video titled "The Almost Bachelor: Our Untold Story," Snyder and Hussey both claim that Pell cheated and played them.
Now Pell is sharing his side of the story. "They want to slash my character," the country singer told Us Weekly
. "I'm respectful. If they want to take it in another direction, that's their prerogative. I don't approve of it, but that's their choice."
According to Pell, Hussey reached out to him in early October following her elimination from The Bachelor. "We kept our relationship quiet and got to know each other," Pell revealed. "We didn't know how to handle it, if we wanted to go public or stay private. I was trying to take it slow. There's so much pressure and attention on social media. I didn't want to make this harder than it had to be."
Hussey, on the other hand, claimed in the video that their relationship "moved pretty quickly, faster than I was expecting." They told each other they weren't seeing other people and dated into the New Year. Pell even met her family in January in Colorado, where they watched the premiere of Viall's season. "Just the idea that we could have been on the show together made things a little strange because, I think, at times we were like, 'Wow, we could be engaged right now,'" she said.
Pell and Hussey's romance eventually ended. "Two weeks into January, I just knew it wasn't going to work," Pell told Us. "We had a breakup conversation. We went through a phase where we still talked and still texted with each other. It was hard. But then we got past it. We stopped talking completely."
But Hussey is singing a different tune, claiming that she she found proof that she wasn't the only person Pell was dating.
What do you think of these allegations? Do you think Pell is a player? Who do you think is telling the truth?
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