'The Bachelor': Arie Luyendyk Jr. Defends Wife From Mom-Shaming

Arie Luyendyk and Lauren Burnham are no strangers to harsh criticism. The two sent waves throughout all of Bachelor Nation during Season 22 of The Bachelor. In a shocking move, Luyendyk sent Burnham home during the final episode and instead proposed to Rebecca Kufrin. But, just a few, short, weeks later, he had a change of heart and broke things off with Kufrin on national TV to pursue a relationship with Burnham. Following his heart proved to be the right choice as he and Burnham and now married with a newborn. Recently, The Bachelor alum defended his new wife on social media against those attempting to mom shame her.


Yesterday, Burnham took to her Instagram to share a photo of herself with her sister, Heather, after lunch. She shared that it was her first time leaving home without her newborn baby. Alessi was born just over a week ago on May 29 and the couple has openly expressed how in love with her they are. “First time out of the house without Alessi and I only cried one time. I’d say it’s a win.😂🤷🏼‍♀️” the new mom wrote.


Unfortunately, not everyone was supportive of the 27-year-old’s outing. Many people began to question Burnham’s decision to leave her new baby so soon after birth. Some trolls were citing that they didn’t leave their children at home alone until they were several months old to two years old. The comments continued piling up with some fans threatening to unfollow Burnham for her decision. God forbid women have lives of their own after having children.


Luyendyk was quick to rush to his wife’s defense. He praised her for her amazing parenting skills and stressed the importance of parents making the time to take care of themselves. He also mentioned that the lunch was entirely his idea. “To all the negative comments regarding leaving her (baby Alessi) with grandma for a 45min lunch, cut her some slack! It was my idea because she has been working so hard to keep up and quite frankly I commend her for 1. Being an incredible mom and getting the breastfeeding down enough to make sure she had enough while she was at lunch. (Moms know that breastfeeding can be difficult) and 2. So much of being a good parent is making sure you take care of yourself. She wanted a healthy meal with her sister who is in town.” the new dad wrote.

Luyendyk continued on to say how frustrating it is when people constantly criticize Burnham and her choices. “I get so frustrated at the comments because she is such a kind soul and takes these comments to heart. Be kind people!” the 37-year-old said, defending his wife’s character and her choices. “You’re doing great mama! 😇 “he said sweetly.


Luyendyk may not be our favorite bachelor, but we wholeheartedly agree with him in this scenario and we respect him for sticking up for his wife. People are always so quick to criticize moms for their every choice, but we never place that much unfair scrutiny on dads. After all, Luyendyk’s comments aren’t filled to the brim with people questioning his every decision to leave the house. We can only hope that eventually, people understand that there a million different ways to properly parent, and that Luyendyk and Burnham are just doing what works for them.

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