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The Bachelorette

Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s Relationship With Bachelorette Producer Wasn’t Serious, Didn’t Last Long — Exclusive

Previews for The Bachelorette Season 8, Episode 7 tease a major unveiling in Prague — namely, that Emily Maynard finds out frontrunner Arie Luyendyk, Jr. once dated Bachelorette producer Cassie Lambert. We first reported this discovery — and Emily’s subsequent anger — back in April while The Bachelorette was still filming. In a recent interview with Wetpaint Entertainment, Arie’s BFF Kristina Owen separates fact from fiction about the brief relationship:

People assume it was this really intense, long-term relationship – but that’s not the case. The whole thing has been blown way out of proportion. It was in 2003 so Arie was really young. She was an Indiana girl and knew a lot about racing. She drank beer and hung with the boys. But Arie told me it was never a relationship. Like I said, I’ve been one of his best friends for ages and I’ve never even heard her name until now.

Sounds like it wasn't that big of a deal, after all. What do you think — if you were in Emily's shoes, would you be mad?