After watching Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon's engagement happen right in front of him, Kevin Wendt remained in Paradise … for a little while.
This week, he broke up with Astrid, catching her totally off guard. The two of them went home.
Now, they've both taken to social media to address the breakup and how fans have responded.
If you've already seen this week's Bachelor in Paradise recap, you know that Kevin Wendt totally blindsided Astrid Loch by breaking up with her.
The one thing that she had asked him to not do to her was to catch her off guard and embarrass her like that.
The two of them were about to get to do a fantasy date when Kevin got caught up in his feelings and confessed that there was something missing from their relationship.
He rambled about how their lifestyles are different and brought up bad experiences with fantasy dates in the past.
It … was not fun for him, it was less fun for Astrid, and it left Bachelor Nation viewers cringing.
Astrid and Kevin went home.
Now that the episode aired, Kevin is free to comment on it. And he's had all of the time since the breakup was filmed to reflect upon that moment.
"My own worst enemy," Kevin admits in the caption of a photo of him on the beach in front of the sunset. "Me."
He also shared another photo of him and Astrid, definitely no longer in paradise.
"Real life," he writes in the caption. "Real people."
"06.21.18," Astrid's own post on the subject begins.
"The longest day of the year," she writes. "And my favorite day in Mexico."
The photo beside this caption is of her with Kevin's head draped in her lap.
"I’ll never forget watching this sunset and feeling like the luckiest girl in the world," Astrid says.
Astrid concludes: "This is how I’ll always remember paradise."
Astrid also addressed her fans on Twitter.
"Love you all…" her tweet begins, addressing the outpouring of sympathy and emotional support that she had received from the Bachelor Nation.
"if you wanna make me feel better," she suggests. "Follow me in Instagram so I can at least make money on ads."
That is incredibly honest and a little funny. And, you know, she has a point.
Breakups are rough, but it sounds like she's going to be okay.
Some fans have been speculating that Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon's proposal in Paradise may have weighed heavily upon Kevin's mind.
We're not suggesting that he broke up with Astrid to try to woo Ashley back, of course.
But seeing your fairly recent ex get engaged right in front of you can really make an impact.
(We all saw Kevin's face as he responded to that, right?)
Doubts can fester and insecurities can mount. We hope that Kevin's head and heart are in a better place now.