As soon as we met Luke on this season of The Bachelorette, my spidey sense for jerks went on high alert. I’m sure the show isn’t giving us the full picture of him as a person—but there’s something going on there. At the very least, he’s taking up a lot of time—mine, Hannah’s, and Bachelor Nation’s. Imagine how many hours could have been devoted to Mike’s infectious smile or Tyler’s dance moves. Instead, we have to spend episode after episode listening to Luke claim he’s doing his best while revealing his worst. It’s exhausting.
This Bachelorette fan put it best: “Ladies if he: confesses his love after five minutes of talking to you, lies about what he really says, is a manipulator, says everyone he’s ever met loves him, is jealous of other guys, threatens to leave, he’s not yours, he’s luke p & needs to be sent home.”
I see so many red flags for Luke, in fact, that I wanted to break each one down, episode by episode.
It all started when Luke talks about how many hookups he had in college before God told him (while he was in the shower) to chill out. His exact words: “When I was in college a lot of the girls around me thought [I was a good-looking guy], and I definitely took advantage of that.”
Let that sink in: He tells us, seconds into meeting him, that he “took advantage” of how women perceived him.
My complaint is not that Luke once had an active sex life or has since found a new path—it’s that it feels like he’s gloating about his past sexual history and then shames Hannah for her choices. (But we’ll get to that.)
And then, during the first cocktail party, he shows another questionable side to himself. After Hannah finds out that one of the contestants had a girlfriend when he joined the show, she tells the remaining guys she needs a minute alone. However, Luke immediately follows her to ask how she’s doing. I think he means well—checking on someone who is sad is a good thing—but she had communicated clearly what she wanted and he ignored her. That’s a pattern we’ll see often with Luke.
During a “Mr. Right” pageant, Luke tells Hannah, “I’m starting to fall in love with you” after knowing her all of five minutes. Maybe he’s feeling excited about their new relationship—but I think love is a strong word. And he says this during the pageant’s talent portion. So Luke’s talent is making grand statements in front of a live audience, I guess.
During a group date, Luke demands more and more of Hannah’s time. It escalates to the point where she has to ask him to back off. “I need him to slow his roll,” she explains to the audience. “Luke P. stole the show again, but in a negative way.” Later that night, she asks him to be more respectful of everyone’s time—and when he starts to interrupt her mid-sentence she says, “No, let me talk.” (Another red flag I see: Luke also interrupts Hannah a lot.)
“You don’t respect that I have other relationships here…and that bothers me,” she continues. After their conversation, Luke P. vents to the other guys that Hannah talked so much he didn’t get a chance to explain himself. In short, Hannah communicated clearly what she needs, and he can’t—or won’t—listen to her.