This article contains spoilers from Monday’s episode of The bachelorette.
Katie Thurston let the freedom ring when she made what she knew was an unpopular move among her existing suitors and asked crasher Blake Moynes to join the house last week.
In Monday’s episode of The bachelorette, co-host Tayshia Adams warned the remaining men that their “journey is about to change” and informed them that a new man would join the group at Katie’s request. Then Blake made his entrance.
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“I know you don’t all want to see me here,” Blake said. “I don’t already like the tension, I can kind of feel it. The only reason I’m here is because it’s Katie. That’s it.”
To add to the tension, Greg brought a date card stating that Blake had received a coveted one-on-one date with Katie. “It’s obviously the best scenario for me,” Blake told the group. “Do I deserve it? To you guys, probably not. “
Katie picked up Blake for their date and took the other guys’ temperatures on what they thought of the new addition. “When we first met and spoke in person, there was definitely a good chemistry there,” she explained to them of Blake. “And I have to follow my heart in everything I do, both good and bad.”
With that out of the way, Katie and Blake headed for their date. The duo went horseback riding, although Blake admitted he had a fear of horses as a child. On the track, Blake talked about how his job won out for long stretches, and Katie didn’t care. They also bonded through their love of nature.
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“I kind of feel like I’m supposed to be here,” Blake told Katie. She agreed, “In the end, it was the right decision.”
They shared their first kiss – a very passionate one – and Katie said, “You kiss well.”
Blake asked Katie how she got so HIV positive and she shared the story of the situation on New Years Eve when she was involved in a non-consensual situation with someone she considered a friend.
“It was just this unhealthy cycle,” Katie told Blake. “Eventually the #MeToo movement happened and it started to empower me.”
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Blake appreciated Katie’s openness. “Nobody deserves to go through this,” he said. “I have a new appreciation for who you are and I know how difficult it is to talk about it. And I hope you know that no matter what you’ve been through, I will always be very, very mindful of it. subject. “
The date reassured Katie’s choice to keep Blake around. “After tonight, I know for a fact that I made the right decision,” she said in an on-camera interview.
Hoping to continue to see where the relationship might go, Katie gave Blake a rose and they kissed again. The couple ended the evening enjoying a private performance by country star Laine Hardy. “Today was just perfect,” Katie told the cameras.
Greg, Quartney, Aaron, Mike P., Michael A., Andrew M., Josh, Justin, Brendan, James, Connor, Tre and Hunter were all invited on the band date. Single Wells Adams of Nation and TV personality Franco Lacosta have revealed the date will be a “The Bachelorette Bash Ball Battle” match. Wells called the game “rugby meet basketball” and said the winning team would be given extra time with Katie.
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The men paraded in skimpy leotards and the game began. The guys felt that Hunter was playing too aggressively and Michael A. eventually took a big hit thanks to some rushed play by the exaggerated level of play. Katie waited alongside Michael A. while the medics took a look, then called the game off, saying she saw everyone as a winner in her heart and therefore wanted both teams to attend. the afterparty.
“I was pretty emotional to see you get hit,” Katie told recovering Michael A. at the afterparty.
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Michael A. explained to Katie that it was his late wife’s birthday the day before the group’s date. “It was just kind of a lonely, thoughtful day,” the single dad said. “Usually I spend it with my family. You know, being here, you bring comfort to my life.”
Katie and Michael A. hugged and told the cameras she felt “so good” and “so optimistic” about her prospect of love.
Connor wrote a song for Katie that made him cry and Mike P. and Katie shared their first kiss. Next, Hunter spoke with Katie about her children from a previous relationship. Although Hunter said he never introduced his children to a woman, he considered his relationship with Katie “very serious at this point.” So he showed Katie pictures of the kids and they hugged.
While chatting with Greg, the recipient of the First Impression rose, Katie admitted, “I’m pretty crazy about you.” Greg felt the same. “I fall in love with Katie,” he told the cameras.
But that development didn’t earn Greg the increased group date. Although Aaron told Katie he believed Hunter was responsible for the “aggressive play” that hurt Michael A., she gave Hunter the rose.
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For her last tête-à-tête of the week, Katie ventured into the woods at night with Andrew S. They took on challenges like showing off their iconic dance moves, mimicking the sounds of nature, planning their perfect day. and share what they have learned. their parents’ relationships.
“I have learned not to let my partner hang down, even when the going is tough,” said Andrew S ..
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As for Katie’s lesson: “I learned not to settle,” she said. “Marriage is meant to be forever.”
Katie said in an on-camera interview that she liked the “energy” that she and Andrew S. had between them. “I hope tonight is the start of falling in love with him,” she added.
When they sat down to talk, Andrew S. told Katie that her father went to jail as a child and found football as an outlet to cope. But sometimes, he admitted, the sport left him eager for his father.
“I would always see fathers coming over to congratulate their sons and I was sort of looking in the stands for someone to say to me, ‘Hey, yeah, you did really well!’”, Admitted the professional football player. . “I had a very good game and nothing.”
As a result, Andrew S. said he always wanted to be there for his future children. “There’s no way in the world that I will miss a moment, whether it’s a group gig, whatever it is, whatever,” he continued. “I’m going to be there for my child because that’s all that matters to me.”
The sentiment also resonated with Katie, as a child of divorced parents. “It was me too,” she said.
When it comes to having children, Andrew S. has revealed that an ex he is considering getting married worries about having biracial children.
“She was worried about going to a grocery store and someone asking her, ‘Are these your children?’ And they don’t look like him, “remembers Andrew S …” And that was hard on me. She was the woman I thought I was going to propose to soon and hearing that, it was hard. “
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Katie assured Andrew S. that she didn’t share the same concern.
“No one will come between the beautiful children that you and I could make,” she said. “It never crossed my mind and maybe it’s because I’m native as a white woman, you know, but – and maybe it’s just in the community that I live in – i never had to think of it that way because for me all i want in life is love all i want is to have a beautiful family no matter what She looks like.”
This prompted Andrew S. to confess, “I really fell in love with your heart.”
And later in the hot tub, Katie presented Andrew S with a rose. “He’s all I’m looking for,” she told cameras. “With the way things turned out tonight, I could see myself falling in love and walking with Andrew at the end.”
“I see my husband in this room,” Katie told the men before the cocktail party.
The party went pretty well, except for Hunter who took time out with Katie even though he already had a rose.
The software strategist showed Katie his telescope he had brought from home; But having decided that Hunter had already been given enough time with the Bachelorette, James crushed Hunter and Katie’s moment under the stars. Hunter refused to volunteer his time, so James tried once more and eventually had a one-on-one moment with Katie, during which he said he was starting to have feelings for her.
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When Hunter joined the group, he and Tre agreed that Hunter spent more time with Katie despite the fact that he had already spent another week in the house. Hunter just didn’t care. “I’m focused on Katie,” he said in an on-camera interview. “I do not care.”
During the rose ceremony, Katie presented roses to Greg, Aaron, Michael A., Connor, James, Justin, Mike P., Brendan and Tre. This meant that Andrew M., Josh and Quartney returned home.
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