Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe eliminated JJ Lane from her group of suitors on the Monday, June 29, episode after the single dad admitted that he cheated on his wife three years ago.
The former NYC investment banker turned entrepreneur, 30, was married several years ago when he cheated on his then-wife. While the two divorced, Lane has been dedicated at co-parenting their 3-year-old daughter, Gemma.
During his two-on-one date with Bristowe and Joe, Lane decided to come clean about this dark part of his past.
"I don't know where to begin," Lane told her during the cliffside excursion in Ireland. "The simple explanation is three years ago I cheated on my wife. Umm… I made a mistake that basically has destroyed my life. I lost everything. I lost my wife. I lost my daughter half the time. Everything I had worked hard for was gone with one bad, terrible decision."
Bristowe, 30, though appreciative of his transparency, felt in her gut that something wasn't right. "I'm not gonna lie," she told Lane. "That is my biggest fear in a relationship."
And his honesty backfired. "You know, I'm genuinely looking for a husband and someone to spend the rest of my life with. And that takes time," Bristowe said, clutching a single rose intended for one of the two men. "Joe, I don't feel like we've had that time, and JJ, you've got a beautiful daughter at home. I don't think it's fair for me to keep you here if I don't see a future with you. And it doesn't take away from how great I think you are. It's just what I'm feeling, and so I'm gonna have to say goodbye."
As she chose to send Lane home, Bristowe (surprise!) broke down in tears. "Hey, there's zero regrets," the Denver, Co., resident told her sympathetically.
After his elimination, Lane said leaving was "tough" for him. "I feel like I got blindsided by a semi-truck. Totally didn't expect to be standing here right now," he explained. "I just really want to find someone special. I want to share my life with them. I want to have a partner in crime. I want them to see how beautiful my daughter is."
Watch his emotional confession above!
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