“Bachelorette” contestant Garrett Yrigoyen — who snagged Becca Kufrin’s first impression rose during Monday night’s premiere episode — has apologized for liking offensive Instagram posts, saying that he’s learned “an extremely valuable lesson” about behaving on social media.
“I am sorry to those who I offended, and I also take full responsibility for my “likes” on Instagram that were hurtful and offensive,” the medical sales rep said on Thursday from a new Instagram account, which he said he created to start fresh. ABC confirmed that the new account is his.
“[I] 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.”
After the premiere of “The Bachelorette” Season 14 on Monday, The Huffington Post published screenshots of Garrett’s now-deleted account liking photos that mocked immigrants, the trans community and Parkland students.
The Reno native added that he never thought about the impact a “mindless double tap” could have. “My Instagram “likes” were not a true reflection of me and my morals.”
See Garrett’s full post below.