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Bachelorette’s Jacob Rapini Apologizes for ‘Ignorant’ Comment About Gabby Windey

Bachelorette’s Jacob Apologizes for ‘Ignorant’ Comment About Gabby
Jacob Rapini and Gabby Windey. ABC/Ricky Middlesworth; ABC/Gizelle Hernandez

Hard to watch back. Jacob Rapini is apologizing to Bachelorette Gabby Windey after he came under fire for how he spoke to the co-lead during the Monday, July 25, episode of the ABC series.

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“End of the chapter but not the end of the romance novel📚 After watching yourself you realize so much of how you need to realign your approach. For me this experience was extremely testing mentally and emotionally,” the 27-year-old contestant began on Thursday, July 28, via Instagram. “If you watched episode 3 you know I used some choice wording when talking to a beautiful woman.”

During Monday’s episode, Jacob told Gabby, 31, that while she was “smoking” hot, if she was “the only person here, I don’t think I could have the heart to continue,” meaning he only wanted to pursue Rachel Recchia.

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“I want to take this moment to apologize to @gabby.windey for not taking into consideration her feelings,” he continued via Instagram. “What I said was ignorant and not appropriate for the moment. I realized you don’t know what someone could be going through or where their headspace is at. Listening instead of explaining would have gone a lot further. Personally, I wouldn’t want anyone to say what I said to me.”

Jacob added that he has “no excuses” as ”what was said was said.”

He explained: “I can’t go back on the past. I can only learn [from] this moment to understand everyone deserves to be respected. We all make mistakes but as a man I won’t take this for granted. I wish Gabby all the best in her pursuit for love. I know she’ll find it :).”

Jacob concluded his post with a shout-out to both Gabby and Rachel, 26.

“I’d like to thank two Queens @pilot.rachel and @gabby.windey plus @bachelornation for giving me a once in a generation experience,” he wrote. “It was without a doubt life changing. I personally have a better understanding of how to exemplify sincerity and love whenever possible. ‘A heart full of faith is better than a soul full of doubt’ .. have faith💙💙.”

Jacob wasn’t the only one who spoke out amid backlash after Monday’s episode. Hayden Markowitz, who referred to Gabby as “rough around the edges,” admitted he regretted his remarks too.

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“What a night, with so many emotions going on I have to say I have an overwhelming amount of respect for Gabby and Rachel. Looking back I can definitely say I may not be the most eloquent with words at times but I aimed my heart in the direction of my intentions,” Hayden, 29, said on Monday via Instagram.

While Jacob was sent home, Rachel gave Hayden a rose. “Extremely glad Rachel saw me for who I am inside and allowed me to continue the journey with her,” Hayden added.

The Bachelorette airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.

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