Yesterday morning, you might have heard a very low shattering somewhere off in the distance. That was the sound of the hearts of Bachelor Nation collectively crumbling when Peter Kraus was not announced as the next Bachelor, and instead Arie Whatever-The-Fuck-His-Last-Name-Is was confirmed as the new lead. Whether you’re an Arie hater or a
fucking weirdo fan, we’ve all got to accept this loss eventually. Personally, I’m still in the denial phase of the grief process. The producers took the Bachelor gig away from Luke to give to Nick, who’s to say they won’t come to their senses and actually give the people what they want this time? But enough about how we feel. How does Peter feel? There were tons of rumors: that Peter wanted to be the Bachelor, that he didn’t want it, that he refused to propose at the end and it created a feud between him and the producers. Well Peter’s speaking out in light of the new announcement, and here’s what he has to say.
In a statement to E! News, Peter’s manager said, “Peter is very happy about the way things turned out and is happy for Arie. He thinks ABC made a great choice.” Ugh. Makes one of us. He continued, “Peter is going to focus on his passion, helping people through fitness and wellness. He is very thankful for the opportunity he was given with The Bachelorette. Things are going to be great for Peter Kraus fitness and his boot camps moving forward.” I mean, he’s not wrong. Before The Bachelorette, Peter was just a hot guy with a fitness business. Now he’s a hot guy America loves with a fitness business and a FabFitFun sponsorship. I hate to say this, but maybe this is good for Peter.
Peter also shared his feelings on the Bachelor franchise in a very emotional Instagram post. It’s long, so you might want to pop an Adderall.
#tbt to the most incredible journey of this life time that has now officially come to an end today. As I sit here writing this, I struggle to hold back the tears as I am overcome with emotion one last time. First and foremost.. Rachel, there are so very many things that I’ve wished I could say to you since the day we parted ways in Spain, but for everyone’s sake, I’ll keep it short… You gave me a chance and all that I can say is thank you. I have a heart filled with love for you now and always and wish you nothing but the best in your life and love ahead. ABC, you saw something in me, but something held me back. You treated me with such love and kindness and showed me glimpses of a life I never once dreamed that I could have. I will be forever humbled and grateful and will always look back at these last 6 months with an ear to ear smile, knowing that this has truly been a very special life indeed. Upon leaving the @bacheloretteabc I was asked, “what did you learn about yourself during this process?” And at the time I naively said “nothing that I can think of.” Now… looking back… I realize I learned one of the single greatest teachings of my life; When you let uncertainty or fear guide your decisions, you risk missing out on what could potentially be the greatest opportunity of a life time. So live dangerously, live without the fear of the unknown, and continue to live and love with a heart that is truly open to anything. #thankyou #lovealways
This is basically a hot emotionally unavailable dude’s way of saying “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” Also Peter is clearly still in love with Rachel. Ugh, forget The Notebook, Peter and Rachel is clearly the love story of the century. Look what he wrote about her. LOOK AT IT. You’d be hard-pressed to find any guy who would write about his current girlfriend that way, let alone a girl who dumped him on national television. Maybe love is real? IDK. I’m not sobbing, you’re sobbing!
Um. So. Anyway. Yeah. Peter isn’t the next Bachelor, probably never will be, and 2017 is a fiery hellscape. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to search for the will to continue living.