“The Bachelorette’s” Garrett Yrigoyen Addresses Offensive Instagram Activity After Continued Backlash

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“The Bachelorette” has come to an end once again and Becca chose to spend the rest of her life with Garrett Yriogoyen, who was a fan-favorite (and a Becca-favorite) from the get-go.

Shortly after the season premiered, however, it was discovered that Garrett had previously “liked” and found humor in content promoting racist and homophobic themes. Garrett issued an apology during the finale episode in front of Chris Harrison and the rest of “The Bachelorette” nation where he said he didn’t mean to offend anyone. He then went on to explain himself further in an interview with People.

“Just because I liked it, doesn’t necessarily mean that I supported it,” he told People. “I was raised in a very open-minded family that was accepting to everybody. We’re very non-judgmental. I’m genuinely sincere.”

Becca also came to Garrett’s defense, saying, “People have been saying really terrible things about [Garrett], but that’s not who he is. At his core, he’s a good guy. We’ve all made mistakes and done things that aren’t perfect. But all I could ask for is somebody who owns up to what they’ve done and who apologizes and wants to grow. And that’s what he’s done.”

Garrett says he dealt with the issue “head on,” and plans to continue to learn from it. “We started a foundation of being honest and open and transparent,” he says. “Anything that’s come about, or just dealing with anything, that’s how we address it — head on. It makes our relationship so much stronger, and we continue to grow together.”

Here’s to hoping!

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