The Bachelorette and The Bachelor are presented as light, escapist entertainment. The ridiculous group dates are hilarious. But that glossy veneer often hides behind-the-scenes controversies and uncomfortable revelations. Sure, some of the wild scandals from The Bachelorette and The Bachelor are filmed for our viewing pleasure, but oftentimes, the real drama goes down when the cameras aren’t rolling. Consider contestant Rozlyn Papa, who had an affair with a producer, or the case of Lincoln Adim, who was convicted of battery while his season was still airing.
With the rise of social media, Bachelor scandals have multiplied at alarming rates. The contestants’ Instagram and Twitter feeds are on display for the world to analyze, and fans of the show are proving to be modern-day sleuths, uncovering scandal after scandal with a little help from social networks and Google searches.
In fact, Becca’s 2018 season of The Bachelorette faced some serious scandals thanks to an unexpected source: former Bachelor hopeful Ashley Spivey. As a moderator on a Bachelor-themed Reddit thread, Spivey was privy to some inside information about contestants Garrett Yrigoyen and Lincoln Adim, and she wasted no time revealing their questionable actions to the public.