Bachelor Star Arie Luyendyk Jr. Faces Backlash Over “Insensitive” April Fools Joke

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April Fools is the one day of the year where people can basically come up with the most ridiculous lie just to get a few laughs out of it. Unfortunately for Arie Luyendyk Jr., his joke didn’t go over as well as planned. Fans are not happy with The Bachelor star after he joked that his fiancée Lauren Burnham was pregnant. After proposing to contestant Becca Kufrin only to change his mind a few weeks later in the most dramatic finale to date, it was probably best that Arie stayed quiet on social media for a little while longer. Instead, he pissed a number of people off by posting a photo of a woman with a baby bump, only to reveal it was all a joke.

“Secrets finally out, we have a bunny in the oven! @laurenburnham91,” he wrote on Twitter, followed by a second tweet hours later, revealing it was an April Fools joke.

It turns out, not everyone thought the joke funny. His tweet was met with a lot of angry comments left by social media users who deemed the post “insensitive” to families suffering with infertility.

“So distasteful. You thought the world was against you before. You just poured gas on that fire. Hopefully you two don’t have to struggle with this issue so many women face each day,” one person wrote, while another used Arie’s controversial past against him. “If this is a joke. It’s very poor taste. But you don’t have a good track record on decision making,” the user commented.

Of course, there were also those who defended Arie, saying critics were being oversensitive. “People need to chill it’s a day to joke around,” one user wrote and another person added, “People are too sensitive geez, this joke has nothing to do with you or your struggles.”

As People points out, Arie, who’s admitted that he wants two to four kids with Lauren, appeared to address the backlash by sharing a photo of a recipe on his Instagram story. “Sorry if you were offended, but we really are making a Dutch Baby,” he wrote. Lauren has yet to comment on the backlash, but we think it’s probably best doesn’t since anything she says might just make fans hate on them more.

Perhaps the April Fools joke wasn’t as offensive as some people are making it out to be (especially since Arie’s fake pregnancy joke wasn’t the only one we saw on our timelines this year). However, considering all the Bachelor-related drama Arie has been involved in lately, maybe he was better off skipping out on this year’s gags. Have you ever heard of the saying “too soon,” Arie?