"I felt like she didn't trust me, and I think that was enough for me to leave," Luke explained after he chose to quit the show.
There's obviously more than one way to win a show like "The Bachelorette," though most contestants seem to go the straightforward route of convincing the Bachelorette to fall in love with them and choose them.
Another method is to just go ahead and drive all the other contestants away. If you're the only one left, her decision is going to be pretty easy.
Well, that may not be exactly what Luke Parker is doing, but he's still in there and Luke Stone is not. What's more, Luke S walked as a direct result of what he felt was Luke P aggressively sabotaging his show experience by spreading lies about him.
And while we're not looking to pick side we're totally going to pick sides here. Either Luke P is getting the worst edit in "Bachelor" franchise history or the dude is straight-up this season's villain. Luke S, on the other hand, seemed like a really nice guy. But he wasn't willing to play as dirty as Luke P.
Even when he told "Bachelorette" Hannah Brown about his decision to leave the show, he wouldn't even mention Luke P by name -- though we'd bet production had a thing or two to say about that. We know reality shows love a good villain.
"I just wanted to let you know that I am really sorry if I've caused you any pain," Luke S said, even though he'd done nothing wrong. "It's just been hard for me to have to defend my character time and time again."
He then told Hannah to "be wary" of "I think you know who I'm talking about." Sure, he could have stayed and continued to fight for himself on the show, but he felt like the damage was done. Plus, by this point he and Luke P were basically at each other's throats -- Luke S even at one point called Luke P a "psychopath," though he wasn't the only one.
a lot of people seem to think that it stems from the whole Luke P situation, which it does," Luke S told E!. "To me, being there, I felt like she didn't trust me, and I think that was enough for me to leave, because trust is the basis of any relationship. Without trust, you can't have a relationship. And when I felt like I'd lost that, that was when I felt like I needed to leave."
The sad part was that trust was lost not because Luke S was untrustworthy, but because Luke P was spreading these stories about him. "When you're there in the moment you have lots of time and opportunities to try and explain yourself," Luke S explained. "But the situation for me just kept getting more and more hopeless."
Fans were on Luke Stone's side from the beginning on this one -- and especially after that game of rugby where P aggressively and pointlessly slammed S into the ground -- and they're still actively rooting for Luke Parker to get the boot after he was again caught lying to Hannah in the latest episode.
There are a dozen men left still vying for Hannah's affection, and Luke P is still there. Find out how long he lasts on "The Bachelorette," Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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