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There’s nothing rosy about Peter Weber’s breakup with Kelley Flanagan.
The Bachelor Nation star described Flanagan’s recent negative comments about the way he publicly revealed their breakup as “calculated” and admitted they “kind of caught [him] off guard.”
“I’m gonna be so brutally, brutally honest with you guys … and just speak from the heart. I thought it was very calculated. Very calculated, very disingenuous. I didn’t expect that from Kelley, it kind of caught me off guard,” he said on Wednesday’s episode of his Acast podcast, “Bachelors in the City.”
“Kelley was the best relationship that I have ever had in my life. And [I] could not be more grateful for that 10 months that we did have together.”
Flanagan, 29, started dating Weber, 29, last March even though she had vied for his affections on the ABC reality series in 2020. She was eliminated in Week 7 of his season.
Their real-life romance didn’t last long, as the couple announced their breakup on New Year’s Eve.
The way the split was made public left Flanagan upset, as she said last week that she asked Weber not to post the breakup news around New Year’s but didn’t listen to her.
“I asked him not to do it on New Year’s and I was like, ‘Can you just give me a couple days to tell people?’” she said on the “Chicks in the Office” podcast.
She said she wanted to do it on Jan. 3, which she did, but “he had to do it in 2020.”
She also claimed that ABC told them to announce their split the day before the “Bachelor” premiere in January.
Meanwhile, Weber claims that he never had a direct conversation with Flanagan and instead spoke to her through a third party.
“Kelley’s words were given to me through her friend,” he alleged. “Essentially [those words] were, ‘If you ever want to have any chance of communication again with Kelley, she says that you’re gonna have to do some grandiose gesture. Some big public display.’ Now I have a problem with that. Because that in my opinion is not what a relationship is about.”
Weber, a pilot who previously competed on Hannah Brown’s season of “The Bachelorette” in 2019, ended his “Bachelor” journey by getting engaged to model Hannah Ann Sluss.
The two called off their engagement and he attempted to reconcile with his runner-up, Madison Prewett, much to his mother Barbara’s dismay.
Now, he’s looking forward to the future.
“I’m 100 percent moved on,” he concluded. “What I’m about to say is not in any way meant to indicate that I’m still holding out hope or whatnot. I’m more than 100 percent moved on. I know that we aren’t right for each other. I’m so thankful for our time together, but I know that Kelley and I aren’t meant to be together, and that’s OK.
“Kelley is so much more than just a girl from the Bachelor, a girl that I was in a relationship with. I wish that she would … kind of just like, leave this be.”
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