The Bachelorette’s Luke P. Says It’s Been ‘Hard’ to Watch His On-Camera ‘Behavior’
"I have learned a lot and I am continuing to learn about my flaws as a man," Luke wrote on Instagram Tuesday
The Bachelorette‘s Luke P. says it’s been “hard” to watch himself on camera in light of his recent behavior.
Following Monday night’s episode, in which Hannah Brown revealed she noticed some “red flags” when it comes to the way Luke “carries himself,” the Georgia native, 24, spoke out about his conduct on Instagram.
“I just want to address the elephant in the room here really quick,” Luke P. captioned a photo, which shows himself and Hannah, 24, smiling into each other’s eyes.
“First I want you all to know how hard it has been for me to watch myself this season so far. Regardless of what is aired AND IF @alabamahannah and I are together or not my behavior in all situations has been and will continue to be exposed.”
Luke P. went on to explain that he’s using his experience on TV as a lesson.
“I have learned a lot and I am continuing to learn about my flaws as a man,” Luke P. wrote. “I’m the first to admit I am far from perfect.”
“This journey has giving [sic] me a great opportunity to grow and mature as a man, for that I am grateful.”
“For those of you who are on this journey with me I am grateful for your support and hope you get to learn and grow from my mistakes with me!”
Luke P. had many viewers feeling skeptical about his chance with Hannah after he exhibited aggression towards suitor Connor S.
Connor S., 24, had been selected for the coveted one-on-one date, but the outing didn’t go as planned after he received a note from Hannah.
“Connor, I’m so sorry but I have to cancel my plans for our date today. I’m not feeling 100 percent. Please come over to my hotel suite to keep me company. Love, Hannah,” read the message.
Luke P. later grilled Connor S. about Hannah’s condition with questions such as, “What are her symptoms?” and “Was she coughing?” and “What was she wearing?”
When Luke P. ended up on one of the group dates — inspired by Hannah’s love of her photos with her two golden retrievers and the upcoming release of Secret Life of Pets 2 — he did his best to make sure he had Hannah’s. Along with trying to get extra time at the photo shoot with Hannah, Luke P. uncomfortably offered to walk her to her dressing room afterward, at which point the Alabama native started to view his affection as over-the-top.
“Luke P. stole the show again but in a negative way,” Hannah said in an on-camera interview after the shoot. “I know he’s one of my strongest connections, but it’s annoying when he tries to flaunt our connection in front of the guys. There have been just some little red flags about how he carries himself that bothers me a little bit. It’s like this fine line of: I really think it’s attractive to it’s the most unattractive thing that I’ve ever seen in my life.”
During the second part of the date, Hannah confronted Luke P. about her mixed feelings towards him.
“I’ve been struggling a little bit with it because I feel like you already think that it’s promised to you and that bothers me a lot,” she said. “And like, I feel like your confidence in this kind of makes me irritated in a way.
“I want you to like focus on me and you do that, but you also don’t respect that I do have other relationships here for me and that bothers me. I like confidence but it’s like cocky in a way. I don’t like that at all. I want it to change.”
So for the rest of the night, Luke tried to interrupt numerous conversations and intercepted Hannah before pilot Peter got a chance to talk to her. “I promise I’m going to talk to you again but I don’t want to do this right now,” Hannah said when Luke P. made an effort to snag her again. “Let me talk to everybody, but like I want to call my own shots, okay? I want to call my own shots. I said I was going to talk to you and I will talk to you again.”
Before Hannah handed out the group date rose, she tried to get through to Luke P. once again.
“You’re not the only relationship that I have a strong connection with and I don’t feel like you’ve respected that even tonight,” Hannah told him. “So I just need you to work harder and fix this.”
Luke P. claimed to have gotten the message that time, saying “I’m really appreciative and now I know what I need to do.”
At the end of the date, Hannah gave the group date rose to Peter, 27.
The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.