Catfight! Tia Booth may have put on a brave face when her Bachelor co-star, Becca Kufrin, was announced as the new Bachlorette. A new report claims the reality star — who received the "Bachelorette edit" all season — was "pretty upset" over ABC producers' decision.
A former contestant dished to Radar Online that the 26-year-old had her eyes set on being the franchise's next leading lady and is pissed Arie Luyendyk Jr. ruined that for her. "I could tell Tia was trying really hard to be happy for Becca during the After The Final Rose ceremony, but deep down she knew it was so close to being her, and she can't stand it," the insider told the site. "She hates Arie so much more now since he ruined her chance at being the Bachelorette."
However, earlier this week, the physical therapist took to Instagram to share a snap with Becca and a sweet message. "This girl right here is the real deal👯♀️ I can honestly say that Becca is one of the best people on this planet," she wrote. "Her heart&soul are so pure, and she truly sees the best in everyone💕@bkoof, you make me want to be the best version of myself. I am rooting for you so hard, and can’t wait for America to fall in love with your beautiful self (if they haven’t already) I love you so much, and am so blessed to call you a best friend😘 #thebachelorette @bacheloretteabc #myqueen." Hmm — it doesn't seem like there's any bad blood between these two!
Her bubbly personality and sweet southern accent made Tia a top contender as the next Bachelorette. But fans of the show weren't too happy when she slammed Bekah Martinez on their two-on-one date by telling Arie that the 22-year-old was just too young for marriage.
Bekah, however, resented the claim. She told Entertainment Tonight, "I think I'm more ready for marriage than Arie is, quite honestly," she insisted. "I don't think Arie knows what he wants, and I don't think he's serious about being with one person for the rest of his life."
ICYMI, Arie proposed to Becca on the season finale of the reality dating competition but had a change of heart after filming and called off his engagement to pursue a relationship with Lauren Burnham. Oh, and now he and Lauren are engaged.
Sorry, Tia. But we think Becca deserves a second shot at love!
Season 14 of The Bachelorette airs May 28 on ABC.
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