Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette, the second-to-last episode in the season, was a shocker for fans, who watched as frontrunner Greg Grippo had a sudden change of heart about his relationship with the Bachelorette Katie Thurston.
After the episode aired, Katie took to her Instagram story to reshare a post that read “So You Want To Talk About Gaslighting” from the account @soyouwanttotalkabout, which explains and explores social issues.
The post defines gaslighting as “a form of emotional abuse or psychological manipulation involving distorting the truth in order to confuse or instill doubt in another person to the point they question their own sanity or reality,” something many fans, and apparently, Katie herself, described Greg’s behavior during the episode.
The episode featured Katie and the remaining men going on “hometown” dates, during which Katie met their loved ones and talked about their potential futures together.
The fallout began after Greg declared to his family, and to Katie, that she had “filled a hole” in his heart, and that she was “the one.” He also professed to Katie that he was in love with her. But when Katie didn’t say “I love you,” back, something she explained at the beginning of the season that she was waiting to do until she had made her final choice, Greg’s attitude took a turn.
When Katie brought up the shift in his behavior and attempted to communicate with Greg, he replied with a series of questions implying nothing was wrong, until eventually admitting that he was upset because he believed Katie to have invalidated his feelings. Katie apologized, Greg repeated his gripes and eventually broke things off entirely.
The entire scene left fans, and seemingly Katie herself, wondering what went wrong. For now, it appears that Katie’s confusion over the circumstances has shifted and she is seemingly ready to accept Greg’s behavior as gaslighting and move on.
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