Arie Luyendyk Jr Broke Up With Girlfriend Two Days Before He Was the ‘Bachelor’

Arie Luyendyk Jr’s ex-girlfriend Syndey Stempfley was apparently blindsided by the announcement that he was the latest Bachelor, given that they were kinda-sorta already in a relationship.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Syndey says they were dating a year. A source said they broke up two days before it was announced he was becoming the Bachelor.

“The night before the breakup, we hung a light fixture together, made beef stew and I slept over. Everything was normal! The next day, we had plans after I got off work. It was just a regular day, so it definitely caught me by surprise. It was over the phone originally, just out of the heat of an argument, just a small argument,” Syndey remembers. “But then I went over to his place and we discussed it further and that’s kind of when it happened [for good] — it was in person.”

It was very emotional,” she adds. “You know, you’re trying to get answers and you can’t. I couldn’t really get a definite answer … I’ve never seen him cry, ever. I could tell that he was emotional, but there wasn’t tears on his end.”

When ET asked if she thought The Bachelor had anything to do with their breakup, she says, “I would like to think it didn’t.”

Go to ET to read the whole interview.

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