By the time she was handed her phone back in the Maldives, having just accepted Yrigoyen’s proposal and that three-oval Neil Lane engagement ring, she was madly in love with the man that he was, a person she swore amounted to more than a few abhorrent Instagram likes.
“At the end of the day, I know who he is to his core, he’s a good, decent, standup guy,” she explained to E! News. “I never wanted his social media, those likes to define him.”
Besides, she’d been very clear about her entrenched beliefs and her commitment to activism. “On the show, we had conversations that weren’t aired about our political beliefs and my social activism, because it’s something very important to me,” she noted to Minnesota Monthly. And so Yrigoyen came clean about his less than savory behavior before they even stepped food on U.S. soil. “I mean, honestly, it was an issue we talked about right away, after the proposal,” she said. “He’s been very upfront with his apology and he stands by that.”
It was certainly a hurdle they had to scale straight out of the gate. “When I was liking things, it was going against what she stands for, and that made it really hard on us as a couple,” he allowed to E! News. But as they started hashing it out, “We got through that together, and we’re growing, we’re progressing, and we’re moving forward.”