Bachelor in Paradise star Blake Horstmann is attempting to clear his name after contestant Caelynn Miller-Keyes claimed he ghosted her before they both joined the ABC show.
For a little backstory, Horstmann and Miller-Keyes hooked up at the Stagecoach Music Festival this past April, which happened to be the same weekend he had sex with Kristina Schulman and flirted with Tayshia Adams.
During the premiere episode of Bachelor in Paradise, Miller-Keyes told her fellow contestants Horstmann ghosted her following Stagecoach and even tried to make her lie about their prior-relationship going into the show.
However, according to Horstmann’s now-deleted Instagram Stories shared on Tuesday — which show text messages between himself and Miller-Keyes talking one week before filming — she wasn’t telling the full story.
Horstmann shared a post to Instagram explaining why he decided to share the text messages. While he doesn’t want Miller-Keyes to receive hate, he knew he had to clear his name.
“I take full responsibility for my actions at Stagecoach and will forever regret the decision I made that weekend. The women involved did not deserve that. With all of that said, I want to get the truth out,” he wrote. Clearly, because of the editing process, he felt he wasn’t being well-represented by the show.
“I was not able to defend myself down in Paradise, because me and most of the beach had no idea the things Caelynn was saying in her interviews,” he revealed. Needing to set the record straight (from his perspective), Horstmann had more to say.
“I NEVER ‘sweet talked’ her at Stagecoach. Caelynn and I were NEVER in a relationship. I NEVER ghosted Caelynn, I NEVER called her a mistake and I absolutely NEVER EVER EVER silenced Caelynn.”
He went on to add, “This is the last thing I wanted to do, but my name and character are being attacked. My name is all I really have. Most of all, it is the only real way to prove that what is being said by Caelynn and the story that is being shown is far from the truth.”
That doesn’t mean that Horstmann considers himself blameless in everything, and he goes on to take responsibility for some of the things that he was a part of, realizing he may not have made the best decisions.
“I’m deeply sorry for my actions at Stagecoach but telling the world that I silenced a woman amongst many other harmful accusations was just too much.” Whose side are you on, Horstmann’s or Miller-Keyes’s? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.