Hannah Just Explained The Real Reason She Kept Luke P. Around On ‘The Bachelorette’

We’ve all been wondering all season why Hannah didn’t send Luke home earlier on The Bachelorette, and on Monday night’s Men Tell All, she gave a little bit more context as to why she felt such a strong connection to him. She said part of her affection for Luke was born out of her own insecurities about being the Bachelorette. He was the one, in her mind, who stood out immediately as being truly there for her, and not for anything else that the Bachelorette platform could bring.

That made Luke a frontrunner right off the bat, and it was hard for her to let go of that initial feeling, especially in an environment where she was already out of her comfort zone and looking for support.

Here’s what she said about it, in her own words:

Hannah also acknowledged the rest of the men who had been on her season, and said she said she did take their warnings about Luke P. into account. But she didn’t want to have any doubts when she made a final decision about him.

Hannah knew she’d have a feeling of uncertainty in the pit of her stomach if she didn’t see it through, and she wanted to make up her own mind. "I needed to feel it and see it for myself. And that night [during the Fantasy Suite conversation], I felt it and saw it for myself," she said. "And that was when it just snapped for me. I was like, I will not put up with this. That is not love, that’s not what the person I’m gonna spend my life with is ever gonna make me feel."

In the end, it was clear that Hannah saw flaws with how long she kept Luke around. "[He] gave me hope from the beginning and I held onto it a lot longer than I should have, but it gave me safety," she continued at Men Tell All. "But you can’t do that in a relationship. Ultimately, I’m really glad that that relationship is behind me and I can move forward. I’ve learned a lot from the experiences that I went through. I deserved so much more than what I put up with."

Hannah even apologized to the audience, and viewers at home, staring straight into the camera and saying she was sorry everyone had to endure so much of him on their screens these past several weeks. It’s great that it seems like Hannah’s learned to demand more of her partners, and has grown from the experience with Luke. But honestly, it’s not her fault that he didn’t know how to treat her, and hopefully she sees that clearly now that it’s all said and done.

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