Bachelorette’s Garrett Yrigoyen Speaks Out About Allegedly Liking Controversial Memes

Bachelorette contestant Garrett Yrigoyen is speaking out about the controversy surrounding his alleged social media likes.

On Thursday, Yrigoyen, 29, released a statement on his new Instagram account.

“To those who I have hurt and offended: This is all new to me. I went on the Bachelorette for the adventure and possibility of falling in love, not fame,” said Yrigoyen, who received the first impression rose on Monday’s premiere.

“I did not know what to expect once the show aired. I am sorry to those who I offended, and I also take full responsibility for my ‘likes’ on Instagram that were hurtful and offensive,” he continued. “garret_yrigs12 was my former Instagram handle and I decided to take it down and start fresh because I have learned an extremely valuable lesson and am taking steps to grow, become more educated, and be a better version of myself. I am not perfect, and I will never be anywhere close, but now I will always be more informed and aware of what I am liking and supporting, not just on Instagram, but in life.”

He added, “I never realized the power behind a mindless double tap on Instagram and how it bears so much weight on people’s lives. I did not mean any harm by any of it. My Instagram ‘likes’ were not a true reflection of me and my morals.”

Becca Kufrin; Garrett Yrigoyen

Becca Kufrin; Garrett Yrigoyen

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Yrigoyen, one of Becca Kufrin‘s 28 suitors on season 14, came under fire on Tuesday after liking offensive posts on Instagram that mock the trans community, a Parkland high school shooting survivor, undocumented immigrants and more.

“I am not the negative labels people are associating me with. For those who do know me, I am a sincere, genuine, loving, light-hearted, open-minded and non-judgemental individual. I like to make new friends with anyone I meet and want everyone to find their happiness. I love to laugh often and enjoy seeing others do the same. I hope that some day you can get to know the real me and the man that I am,” he wrote.

“Let my mistakes be a lesson for those who mindlessly double tap images, memes. and videos on any social media content that could be many things including hurtful, degrading, and dehumanizing. I do not want my social media to define who I am, and I will take better care moving forward to support all walks of life. Again, I sincerely apologize and am sorry for any hurt, damage, or offense I may have caused,” he concluded his lengthy post.

The California native’s former Instagram account was deleted, but screenshots captured by former Bachelor contestant Ashley Spivey show messages that are claimed to be from as recent as November 2017.

In one post allegedly liked by Yrigoyen, a photo shows David Hogg, a student activist and survivor of the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, being referred to as a “crisis actor.”

One photo mocks Caitlyn Jenner‘s transition; another seemingly calls out young transgender boys.

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Kufrin, who exclusively revealed to PEOPLE that she is engaged to a contestant from this season of the ABC reality series, says that people shouldn’t be quick to judge.

“I think I have learned so much from this journey. I met 28 guys who our ideals weren’t always the same. They have different interests,” Kufrin told Mario Lopez on Thursday’s ON With Mario Lopez.

“They have different hobbies, different things that they believe, and that’s what’s been so great about getting to know these guys, because everyone has different viewpoints and that’s what I loved about this journey,” shared Kufrin, who supported Hillary Clinton and equal rights movements like the Women’s March.

The Bachelorette airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

Groom Proudly Wears Eagles Jersey at the Altar After Winning Bet Against Bride

After losing a bet, one Pennsylvania bride let her soon-to-be husband wear his Philadelphia Eagles jersey… to their wedding!

As the Eagles prepared to face off against New England Patriots during Super Bowl LII, almost everyone billed the defending champions has favorites to easily win over Philly — a team that hadn’t won a modern-era NFL championship in their history. Well, everyone except for Patrick Hanks, who stayed loyal to his team throughout the season even when the outlook seemed grim.

When Hanks’ then-fiancee, Jennifer Sullivan, bet a friend that the Eagles would definitely lose in the Super Bowl to the Patriots, according to ABC 13, and she was so sure in her prediction that she said she would let Hanks wear his Eagles jersey to their wedding if Philly they won.

It seemed like a good choice at the time — the Eagles had lost Carson Wentz, their star quarterback, to a major injury just a few weeks before the start of the playoffs, and were depending on their backup, Nick Foles, to beat five-time NFL champion, Tom Brady, who’s widely considered the best to ever play the game.

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Yet, come time for the big game, Foles was able to withstand Brady’s onslaught and was eventually named Super Bowl MVP after leading the Eagles to a 41-33 victory over the defending champs. That meant Hanks had free-reign to sport his Eagles jersey at the ceremony.

But when the lovebirds tied the knot at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie, Pennsylvania, on May 26, Hanks came looking dapper in a tuxedo — but his jersey nowhere to be found. While Sullivan likely thought she was in the clear, the wedding officiant then told their guests about their bet.

“For those who aren’t aware, a bet was made, where if the Eagles won the Super Bowl, Pat had to wear an Eagles jersey during the wedding,” the officiant told the audience. “Jen, like many others, never thought that the Eagles would actually win, yet here we are. With that being said, Patrick, I think you have an obligation to fulfill.”

That’s when Hanks removed his tuxedo jacket while at the altar and pulled out a Wentz jersey that was hidden in a nearby bush!

While Sullivan looked on and laughed, Hanks put on the jersey as those in the crowd broke into the Eagles fight song, “E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!” just before the couple said, “I do.”

Damon Wayans Jr. Says Drake’s Got Too Much to Lose in Pusha T Beef War

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Drake should NOT stoop down to Pusha T‘s level in their war of words, because it’s not worth his bottom line … so says Damon Wayans Jr., who also admits he’s enjoying the HELL outta their beef.

We got Damon Thursday at LAX, and he had a strong take on Drake vs. Pusha. Specifically, whether Drake should fire back after Pusha’s brutal diss track about Drake’s ethnicity, his childhood and his alleged secret son.

He’s confident Drake’s got it in him to be just as savage … IF he chooses to respond to Pusha’s “Secret of Adidon.” However … Damon says there are millions of dollars reasons why it’s not a good idea.

In other words, silence really is golden.

Kim Kardashian Meets with Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner at D.C. Home

After a meeting with the president, Kim Kardashian West met with another Trump in Washington D.C.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star, 37, was spotted leaving first daughter Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner‘s home on Thursday, hours after Kardashian West met with President Donald Trump to discuss a presidential pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, the 62-year-old great-grandmother who was incarcerated in October 1996 for a first-time nonviolent drug offense after she helped facilitate communications in a drug trafficking case.

In photos obtained by Daily Mail, Kardashian West, who supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, was spotted arriving at the Kushner household wearing the same all-black suit ensemble she wore to the White House. She and Ivanka, 36, were all smiles as they joined Kushner, 37, for a group picture.

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Ivanka Trump; Kim Kardashian

Ivanka Trump; Kim Kardashian

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Trump, 71, shared a photo of him and Kardashian West on Twitter Wednesday following their meeting. “Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing,” Trump tweeted, along with a portrait of the pair behind the Resolute desk in the Oval Office.

Missing from the photo was Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Kushner, whom the KKW Beauty mogul was reportedly scheduled to speak with, according to CNN and Vanity Fair.

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“I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon. It is our hope that the President will grant clemency to Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense,” Kardashian West later tweeted.

“We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson’s future and hopeful that she — and so many like her — will get a second chance at life,” she wrote in a follow-up tweet.

Following her day in D.C., Kardashian West flew to Wyoming for her husband Kanye West’s album listening party in Jackson Hole.

Patrick J. Kennedy and Wife Amy Welcome Fifth Child, Son Marshall

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy and his wife Amy are now parents of five!

The couple welcomed son Marshall Patrick Kennedy on May 27 at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Pomona, New Jersey. The newborn measured 19¾ inches and weighed 7 lbs., 4.2 oz., at birth.

Marshall joins siblings Harper, 10, Owen, 6, Nora, 4, and Nell, 2.

And when the new parents left the hospital on May 29 it was the same day as a special family occasion — what would have been Patrick’s uncle, President John F. Kennedy’s 101st birthday.  Also, Marshall was born two weeks before the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination on June 6.

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“As we reflect on the tragedies of the past, Amy and I are hopeful that this child will know a more compassionate, connected world – one my aunts, uncles, and father fought for every day,” said Patrick, son of late Senator Ted Kennedy.

Not only does the baby boy carry on the iconic Kennedy name, his first name also has a nod to American history.

Marshall’s name was inspired by General George C. Marshall and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

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“I want him to be a citizen of the world like Secretary of State George Marshall and a proponent of our common humanity like civil rights leader, Thurgood Marshall,” the proud dad, 50, explained.

In his memoir, Patrick spoke of his father Ted’s grief following the assassinations of JFK and RFK, his mother Joan’s alcoholism and the “code of silence” that bound him to secrecy, a fate, he said, he does not want for his own children.

“I will make sure I talk about it with my kids,” Patrick said in a 2015 interview with PEOPLE. “I want them to get what I didn’t get – and that is early intervention. Hopefully, by the time my kids are grown up a little more, we’ll be able to turn this ship of the Titanic away from continuing to hit the iceberg.”

Taylor Swift, Joe Alwyn Have ‘a Couple of Pints’ During Pub Date

If Taylor Swift‘s reputation lyrics are about boyfriend Joe Alwyn, then they’ve had drinks at a “dive bar on the East side,” “beer out of plastic cups” on a rooftop, “whiskey on ice” in Hollywood and drinks “on a beach.”

On Wednesday, the singer and her actor beau added another cute date to the list: sipping on pints of beer at The Flask, a pub in North London.

“Yesterday we had the pleasure of serving @taylorswift13 and her boyfriend @Josalw a couple of pints of London Pride,” the restaurant tweeted. “You’re welcome back to @flaskn6 anytime.”

In pictures obtained by The Daily Mail, Swift, 28, is seen wearing a striped tank top and skirt with her hair worn straight while Alwyn, 27, kept his look casual with a white T-shirt and jeans.

The couple have kept their relationship purposely under wraps since they began dating more than a year ago. They’ve only been spotted out publicly a handful of times, but appear to be going strong.

Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn

Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn

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“She still wants to keep her relationship quiet, and so far it’s been working. She loves dating Joe,” a source previously told PEOPLE.

Earlier this month, Alwyn and his family attended his girlfriend’s tour opening night in Arizona where she reportedly gave him a coy shout-out while singing her hit song “Gorgeous.”

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Spotted by fans in the stands, Alwyn kept incognito in a baseball cap and proudly recorded his girlfriend’s performance on his phone.

Swift hits Chicago Friday for her Reputation Stadium Tour, which will see her play dates across North America, Europe and Oceania through November.

Did Princess Diana Start the Cycling Shorts Trend Kim Kardashian Loves?

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Did Kim Kardashian take a style note from Princess Diana‘s book?

Before It Girls like Hailey Baldwin and Bella Hadid were born and Keeping Up With the Kardashians was on air, athleisure was making its way to the forefront of off-duty style, thanks to British royalty. Princess Diana was spotted on a number of occasions wearing athletic wear while out and about, mainly sporting oversized sweatshirts, cycling shorts and sneakers. 

Looks familiar, right? Although the photo of the royal wearing a Virgin Atlantic crewneck sweater, white bike shorts and dad sneakers (a recent term for the ’80s style) was taken in 1995, this ensemble is back in the limelight and growing as athleisure and trends from the ’80s and ’90s continue to dominate street style.

Now, you can spot Princess Diana’s much-loved cycling shorts on celebs like the Kardashian sisters and supermodels, as well as the runway where Off-White creative director Virgil Abloh and Fenty designer Rihanna have added the style to their respective collections. 

Do you love it or hate it? Check out how Hollywood’s stars are interpreting the trend below!

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The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star may not have invented the cycling shorts trend, but she’s partially responsible for bringing the trend back into style. Most frequently, she wears them with crop tops and oversized jackets, as seen above.

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The Teyana & Iman star and celebrity dancer demonstrates the appeal of the form-fitting look on a toned physique.

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Oh la la! The supermodel elevates the athleisure style, adding slingback heels, a black and white jacket and a buret.

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The wellness guru settles for an oversized T-shirt, cycling shorts, boots and a Louis Vuitton backpack.

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The youngest Kardashian keeps it simple with a black crop top and sneakers.

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This model is keeping her casual look sporty with a turtleneck sweater, large hoops and white sneakers.

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The new mom takes her athleisure to an event, wearing it with an oversized blazer and fishnet tights.

DeVos awards Texas district $1M grant for recovery after Santa Fe High shooting

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos awarded a $1 million Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant to the Texas school district affected by the May 18 shooting at Santa Fe High. The money is to aid in the “healing and recovery process.”

“No student, parent or educator should have to experience the trauma suffered by so many at Santa Fe High School and other schools throughout the country,” said DeVos, according to KTRK. “Every day, the work of the Federal Commission on School Safety grows more urgent. We continue to focus on identifying proven ways to prevent violence and keep our students safe at school.”

President Trump created a commission to review ways to make schools safer, naming DeVos to chair it. The panel on Thursday made its first field trip, to a Baltimore-area elementary school.

The Texas school shooting left eight students and two substitute teachers dead. Student Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, faces capital murder charges in the attack. Investigators say he carried out the massacre with a shotgun and a pistol that belonged to his father.

“This a crucial first step in federal funding to help the Santa Fe High School community recover,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said in a statement. “I applaud Secretary DeVos for expediting this grant, and will continue to work to ensure Santa Fe High School receives the assistance it needs. I also remain committed to working with the governor, the administration and my congressional colleagues to put an end to these violent crimes and protect our students.”

Gov. Greg Abbott recently unveiled plans to offer $120 million in funding to help strengthen school security across Texas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Wife of Late Surf Legend Andy Irons on His Struggles with Mental Health

Andy Irons—considered one of the greatest surfers to ever grace the waves—died in a Texas hotel room in November 2010 when he was just 32 years old.

After his sudden death, autopsy results revealed the surfing legend died from a combination of a heart attack and mixed drug ingestion. The revelation gave a small glimpse into something Irons had long kept secret from the public: his difficulties with bipolar disorder and drug addiction. Now, eight years later, those who were closest to Irons—including his wife, Lyndie Irons, and his longtime surfing rival, Kelly Slater—are opening up about the iconic athlete in a new documentary, Andy Irons: Kissed By God, which dives not only into Irons’ legacy in the ocean, but into his struggles with mental health. The documentary opens in theaters nationwide on Thursday.

“It was probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to do because I kept his personal life a secret, but it was also very healing and felt right,” Lyndie Irons tells PEOPLE of opening up about her late husband in the film. “He could never be honest in interviews about what he was really going through, so it was healing for me, though it was painful at the same time.”

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Lyndie and Andy Irons

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When Lyndie first met Irons at a California bar in 2002, she says she had no idea he was a star professional surfer on the verge of securing three consecutive world titles against the legendary Slater. It was his charm and his charisma that won her heart from the start.

“We fell in love at first sight. We were never apart from that day on,” Lyndie remembers. “We were instantly in love. He was hilarious, wild and handsome and we had so much chemistry right away. It was crazy.”

A few weeks after meeting at that bar in Encinitas, Lyndie moved to Hawaii to join Irons as he prepared to go on tour. But as Irons claimed more wins with each passing competition, Lyndie increasingly noticed that he was having difficulties with mood swings and his growing OxyContin addiction.

“His personality was filled with severe highs, lows and depression,” Lyndie says. “The opioids were really scary. I saw his whole life change—his body change, his face change—everything changed when he got addicted to opiates, and that was hard.”

Then, in a move that shocked the surfing community, Irons went on an almost two-year hiatus in his prime and suddenly dropped out of the 2008 world tour. As Surfer Magazine wrote back then, Irons seemed as if he “was coming apart in front of our eyes” during his heats that year, and he would become visibly frustrated when trying complete basic tricks on the waves.

 

Andy Irons

Andy Irons

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Irons skipped the tour the following year and returned to the circuit in 2010.

“We worked really hard for him to get sober at times and those days always outweighed the really hard, dark days,” she recalls of the family’s attempts to help Irons stay sober. “I loved him so I was always going to be there to help him, and I did try everything. I did everything I possibly could to be there for him.”

But Lyndie says Irons felt that he need to self-medicate to deal with many of his issues, which he never felt comfortable opening up about it.

“No one really talks about it, but I think he was embarrassed. He didn’t know how to control it and it was really sad,” she says. “We never really worked it out. It was just like, this is what you have, and deal with it. There were no tools or help to work with someone with bipolar or even addiction back then. I was just doing the best I could, but I was in my early 20s, I had no idea.”

Then, on the night of November 1, 2010, Lyndie and Irons shared what would be their last conversation with each other over the phone as the surfer made his way back from Texas to Hawaii.

 

“When I woke up, it was at three in the morning or something, I called the hotel and I talked to him. He didn’t cry, but it was almost like he was saying his goodbyes,” Lyndie says, through tears. “I called the next morning and saw that he didn’t text or call, so I called the hotel and asked them to go knock on the door. Police called me back two hours later and told me that he had passed away.”

Lyndie—who was pregnant with the couple’s son, Andy Axel, now 7—when her husband passed, says she hopes that by opening up about Irons’ private struggles, other families may feel comfortable seeking treatment for their mental health.

“I think addiction and mental illness, there’s not enough awareness and people talking about it to get help for their suffering,” she says. “People are struggling and it’s okay to ask for help.”

To honor her Irons’ legacy, Lyndie helped to start the Andy Irons Foundation to help young people struggling with mental illness and substance abuse.

“You’re not alone and there are tools to help people who are suffering like he did,” she adds. “I didn’t have any and I wish I did, he needed a lot of help. I was just doing the best I could.”

Chicago Fire’s DuShon Monique Brown’s Cause of Death

Chicago Fire actress DuShon Monique Brown‘s cause of death has been revealed.

Brown, who played Connie, the assistant to Chief Boden, on the NBC series, died from sepsis of unknown etiology, which is as an infection of the blood of unknown origin, a representative for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed to PEOPLE.

Contributing factors include hypertensive cardiovascular disease and obesity, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

“Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. Sepsis occurs when chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight the infection trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body,” according to the Mayo Clinic. “This inflammation can trigger a cascade of changes that can damage multiple organ systems, causing them to fail.”

The actress passed away in March at the age of 49, her talent agency confirmed to PEOPLE.

Executive producer Dick Wolf told Chicago Tribune, “The Chicago Fire family is devastated to lose one of its own. Our thoughts and prayers are with DuShon’s family and we will all miss her.”

Brown acted in the show since 2012. She was previously in Empire, Shameless and Prison Break.

The Chicago Tribune also reported she had an extensive theater background, acting in multiple theater stages such as the Goodman, Lookingglass, Drury Lane, MPAACT, Victory Gardens and Pegasus Players.

TMZ first reported Brown’s cause of death.