In only two evenings of melodramatic television, a fanbase turned its backs on Bachelor in Paradise's Blake Horstmann, and fellow contestant Tayshia Adams teases even more drama in episodes to come surrounding the Bachelor franchise's most recently anointed villain. Horstmann has made more enemies than friends with his wishy-washiness and woe-is-me confessionals, and it looks like that's only going to continue.
Horstmann entered Paradise with sincere hopes of finding love after falling just short on Becca Kufrin's season a year prior. Those hopes were quickly dashed, however, as Horstmann was put on the defensive after multiple accusations that the former college football athlete had been playing the field a little too hard at Stagecoach Music Festival in April. He slept with Kristina Schulman and Caelynn Miller-Keyes on back-to-back nights and then reportedly thirsted for Hannah Godwin and Adams before he even rose out of bed with Miller-Keyes. The Bachelor gods must have watched that scene unfold and rubbed their hands together in delight, knowing that the four women, plus Horstmann, would be cast on the sixth season of Bachelor in Paradise. Adams was the first to go on a date with Horstmann, and even though it went well, she soon picked up on his tomfoolery and started to set her sights elsewhere.
In an interview with ET following the two-night premiere, Adams previewed what's to come this season, and naturally the focus was on the man without any semblance of a plan. Adams said, "Some more drama's about to come out, and it's going to involve more people than just myself. A lot more Blake." Though she admitted that she "felt bamboozled" after Horstmann went out with Schulman after their date, Adams doesn't believe Horstmann spurned her out of malicious intent. She said, "He was really struggling."
Adams said she was surprised when she found out that Horstmann showed interest in her at Stagecoach. She told ET, "I was like, 'What's going on?' But I was in the mix, I guess." With reports that Horstmann will continue to pursue not only Godwin but Adams as well in the upcoming episodes of Bachelor in Paradise, it appears Adams will still be involved in the predominant Paradise storyline for at least a little while longer.
With news of Horstmann's downward spiral continuing, it's upsetting for fans who fell in love with the unguarded, genuine runner-up from Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette. But, it's also what makes Bachelor in Paradise such a thrill to watch. No matter if someone enters Mexico a hero or villain of their prior season, Bachelor in Paradise can flip that perception on its head in the span of one episode. Horstmann is the latest, and perhaps most accurate, example.
Bachelor In Paradise airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm EST on ABC.