“I adore Arie,” Robertson, 32, tells Us about the sexy race car driver, who was Emily Maynard‘s runner-up on The Bachelorette season 8. “He’s a great friend who I like to make out with from time to time!”
The pair both appeared this week on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire with host Chris Harrison as part of the quiz show’s “Bachelor Fan Favorites” theme, where Luyendyk nabbed $100,000 for charity. To celebrate their episodes, they teamed up to throw a party together on Tuesday, February 2, at Bevvy in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he lives.
For his part, Luyendyk — who races for his own team, which counts GUNK and Cooper Tire as sponsors — praises Robertson and says the public got the wrong impression of her during Ben Flajnik’s season of the venerable ABC dating series. In the batch of episodes that aired in 2012 and ended with Flajnik proposing to her, Robertson frequently antagonized the other women and earned notoriety for her secret skinny-dip with Flajnik.
“I just feel like she always gets such a bad rap,” Luyendyk, 34, tells Us. “She’s really just such a sweet, kind, funny person. She’s really witty, and I think a lot of people just don’t get her humor — she likes to stir the pot a little, and there’s nothing wrong with that!”
Both of them tell Us that they currently consider themselves single. Luyendyk says he was living with someone recently but has been on the market since September, while Robertson says she is “taking a break from the dating apps” after having had some success with them.
The easy-on-the-eyes twosome first started dating shortly after Robertson and Flajnik broke up in October 2012. The former model, who currently works in real estate for Gibson International and Forbes Halliburton, wrote in her 2014 book, I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain, that spending time with Luyendyk and fellow Bachelorette alum Jef Holm together made her realize that she should date outside of Bachelor Nation, as she wanted “no part of this incestuous Bachelor drama.” She wrote that Holm turned her off by bragging about his charitable organizations.
Meanwhile, both Robertson and Luyendyk are watching Ben Higgins‘ current season of The Bachelor. Robertson thinks Becca would make the best Bachelorette, while Luyendyk says that Amanda has caught his eye.
“I have a soft spot for single moms,” he admits, calling Amanda “very beautiful.”
Robertson also managed to squeeze in a little shade for Olivia, saying that she doesn’t understand why some viewers see similarities between herself and the assertive, cake-loving news anchor.
“I still get these tweets every season, whoever the villain is,” Robertson says. “Olivia — I think she seems like a great girl, she’s beautiful, but I don’t get the comparison! Looks like she’s headed for Meltdown City next week!”
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