While it certainly looks like Hannah Brown and Luke Parker won’t end up together, The Bachelorette is now saying that she actually did learn something from their stormy relationship.
“Even though it was difficult in the moment and it has been difficult watching it back, there’s definitely a silver lining to the relationship I had with Luke P.,” Brown tells People magazine about this week’s episode, which had her sending Parker home after an argument about sex. “I grew a lot from that relationship. I think every time you go through a difficult relationship, you realize more and more about what you will and you won’t have in your next relationship — what you deserve and what you don’t deserve.”
And while Parker looked like he was sent home packing on the episode of the dating show Monday (July 15,) previews showed that he actually returns to the rose ceremony to state his case again in front of Brown and her remaining suitors such as Tyler Cameron, Jed Wyatt and Peter Weber.
Hannah thought there was no way I would want to be with her anymore after the last thing she told me,” he says in the clip. “She’s sadly mistaken.”
Luke later took to his own Instagram to share his side of the story, claiming his “heart hurt” that Hannah thought he was shaming her.
“In our conversation my heart was never to judge or condemn Hannah. I was simply making a decision for myself on what I expected in our relationship, our conversations and our beliefs led me to believe we were on the same page about sex. For me it was never about getting a rose, it was always about finding a wife who would choose me everyday just as I would choose her everyday,” he said.
He went on to say that he knows he’s not perfect, but has no regrets about his behavior.
“As for my time on the show I made mistakes and no I’m not perfect (crazy right) I didn’t totally behave as the man I want to be and I did not represent Christ the way I thought I was prepared to and that has broken me.”
He also shared his own insight as to what being on the show taught him.
“This journey has taught me so much and for that I am grateful but the greatest gift I have received is a compassion for those who love the world and it’s ways. My desire is to put the Father first above all things and share the truth that he has given to us all. Thank you everyone for the prayers always remember speak truth and rid yourself of all hate, let compassion drive your words. Stay tuned.”
The Bachelorette airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.