‘Bachelorette’ Star Garrett Yrigoyen Apologizes for Social Media History

“I do not want my social media to define who I am, and I will take better care moving forward to support all walks of life,” says Garrett Yrigoyen, a contestant on Becca Kufrin’s ABC season.

The contestant at the center of The Bachelorette‘s week-one, off-air controversy is apologizing for his “hurtful and offensive” social media history.

Garrett Yrigoyen, an early frontrunner on the new cycle of Becca Kufrin’s Bachelorette season, has taken to his Instagram to explain his social media behavior. Shortly after the new season launched on Monday night, Garrett’s political beliefs and character were called into question when screengrabs of his Instagram activity were shared by another former Bachelor contestant. The images appeared to show Garrett, a medical sales rep from Nevada, liking Instagram posts that mocked undocumented immigrants, the trans community, liberal feminists and that spread misinformation about Parkland, Fla., survivor David Hogg.

Now, the contestant is taking responsibility for the posts.

“I am sorry to those who I offended, and I also take full responsibility for my ‘likes’ on Instagram that were hurtful and offensive,” Garrett wrote in a lengthy statement posted to his new Instagram account on Thursday night. He had deleted his former account after the reports. “I decided to take it down and start fresh because I have learned an extremely valuable lesson and am taking steps to grow, become more educated, and be a better version of myself.”

He continued, “I am not perfect, and I will never be anywhere close, but now I will always be more informed and aware of what I am liking and supporting, not just on Instagram, but in life.”

In his statement, he went on to say that he “did not mean any harm” by his actions. “I am not the negative labels people are associating me with,” he said. “I do not want my social media to define who I am, and I will take better care moving forward to support all walks of life.”

The comment from Garrett, one of the initial 28 contestants on the new season of the long-running ABC reality franchise, is unexpected. Typically, contestants on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette do not address anything related to the season until they are eliminated. ABC and the show producers Warner Bros. had so far declined to comment on the story.

The silence from Garrett, however, only fueled the coverage of the story — especially since Garrett is believed to be a serious contender on the season. He received Becca’s “frist impression” rose and only kiss on Monday’s premiere; an honor that has gone to the eventual winner for the last three seasons of The Bachelorette.

Becca herself addressed the controversy on Wednesday and asked viewers to be open-minded as her season continues to air. (Garrett made it past the first rose ceremony.)

“People say and do certain things. I’ve done things in the past that I’m sure it wasn’t the best thing,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I can’t fault anyone for what they believe, and who’s to say that anything that anyone likes is truly what they believe in if they just double tap [a picture on Instagram]. I can’t speak to that because it’s not me. I am a strong woman and I do believe in certain things, but again, that’s what’s so great about our country is that everyone is entitled to their own opinions.”

Garrett’s behavior stood in contrast to Becca, who has supported Hillary Clinton and the Women’s March in the past. Now that Garrett has offered his side of the story, it remains to be seen how the show will address the situation as the season continues to air. One option is host Chris Harrison discussing the off-air development during one of the specials that airs later in the season.

Read Garrett’s full statement below.

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