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It was the first steamy kiss on this season of The Bachelorette but if you were left wondering why none of the other contestants seemed to bat an eyelid over Brooke Blurton and Jamie-Lee Dayz’s kiss, host Osher Günsberg has revealed exactly why.
Brooke and Jamie-Lee both appeared on the Honey Badger’s season of The Bachelor together, where they formed a strong connection that doesn’t appear to have waned in the past three years.
And last night, at the first ever cocktail party, this year’s Bachelorette Brooke leaned in and kissed Jamie-Lee under the Gazebo, in what she called a ‘hot’ moment, saying: “I had to”.
However, while viewers had earlier seen drama unfold after Jess sneakily took Brooke for a chat on Konrad’s love chair, many may have been left pondering why there wasn’t more made of Brooke and Jamie-Lee’s moment of passion.
As the whole thing was unfolding on screen, host Osher Günsberg took to his Twitter account to reveal all.
“FYI - Gazebo is the only place at the mansion that can't be seen from anywhere else…” Osher said.
One fan of the show replied: “Well that explains that!”, while another wrote: “I am cutting and pasting your words of wisdom for our Bachie FB group.”
Viewers absolutely love the connection between Brooke and Jamie-Lee online, with one person writing:”Crying, loving this.”
“I got teary yesterday, I’m 21 and absolutely loving the representation!” another person wrote.
Speaking to Yahoo Lifestyle about Jamie-Lee’s return to the show, Brooke said: “I think Jamie-Lee and I’s relationship outside the Bachelor experience was definitely unspoken.
“You kind of have to wait to see how it all plays out, but I feel like when we were on the Honey Badger’s season our priorities were so different. We were there for Nick and both of us wanted to be genuine in that connection.
“It kind of never really played out in the outside world, but I think in the years that we had known each other, there was always a connection.”
Speaking about the moment she saw Jamie-Lee arriving on the red carpet, Brooke says it was “really lovely”.
“It was such a surprise,” she admits. “I didn’t expect it, but it was kind of a nice feeling of familiarity and knowing that you have a connection with someone already”.
Shortly after she was officially announced as a contestant this year, Jamie-Lee took to Instagram to explain why she decided to return to the experience.
“When I found out Brooke was the next Bachelorette, I knew it was now or never,” she wrote. “I strongly believe things happen for a reason and I feel like this timing has been nothing short of fate.
As the show features both male and female participants this year, Brooke - who says she is “absolutely” in love - acknowledges that it’s no surprise people have been predicting there could be more than one love story played out on-screen.
“I think I stayed open-minded about that being a possibility,” she details.
“It’s inevitable to happen, but I feel like it would be hypocritical of me to stop a connection from happening because love is love. It'd be obviously disheartening if you had a very strong connection with either of those people, but I think you kind of just have to ride the wave.”
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