The Bachelor's Arie Luyendyk Jr.and fiancée Lauren Burnham pranked their followers by pretending to be expecting a baby on April Fool's Day

By Michele Corriston and Maria Pasquini
April 02, 2018 02:07 PM

When The Bachelor‘s Arie Luyendyk Jr. and fiancée Lauren Burnham pranked their followers by pretending to be expecting a baby on April Fool’s Day, they were eviscerated as tone-dear by fans who’ve had difficulty starting families.

And on Monday, the professional racer/realtor apologized for the joke gone wrong.

“I do have sympathy for women struggling from infertility. My April Fools prank was in no way meant to offend women who struggle with that. I apologize if you were effected personally by my post,” tweeted Luyendyk Jr., 36.

Lauren Burnham and Arie Luyendyk Jr.
| Credit: Splash News

The backlash began on Sunday, when he shared a photo of Burnham, 26, wearing a fake bump.

“Secrets finally out, we have a bunny in the oven! @laurenburnham91,” he wrote, adding, “APRIL FOOLS!” over an hour later.

“You both are disgusting. As someone who struggles with fertility and would love nothing more than to have a baby this is so offensive,” one follower replied.

Another wrote, “Come on. be better than that. it’s not a joke for many struggling families to get pregnant, it’s extremely expensive and it’s heartbreaking. I wish nothing but the best for Arie and Lauren but this is not funny, it’s cruel.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12.1% percent of women between the ages of 15 to 44 struggle with infertility.

Credit: Arie Luyendyk Jr./Instagram

As it turns out, the couple was actually cooking a Dutch Baby pancake. (Luyendyk Jr. is Dutch.)