After securing a spot in Katie Thurston’s top seven on season 17 of The Bachelorette, Justin Glaze is apologizing for his previous. The contestant spoke out after coming beneath fireplace for homophobic and racist tweets he wrote in highschool.
“As I replicate on every little thing I simply went by means of with this entire journey, oftentimes folks ask me what I took from it. And one of many greatest takeaways for me was simply my private progress, and a type of issues is having the ability to maintain myself accountable, which is one thing that traditionally I wasn’t capable of do,” the 27-year-old Baltimore native mentioned on “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast on Tuesday, July 13. “So, I’ve no challenge with proudly owning up and apologizing from the underside of my coronary heart for the actually hurtful phrases that I used.”
Reddit customers found tweets written by Justin between 2009 and 2011 through which he wrote homophobic slurs and made disparaging feedback about Black girls whereas selling colorism.
“The very last thing that I need to do is run from it. That’s not who I’m. I simply need to communicate from the guts, and hopefully, folks will get an understanding of the place I used to be then versus the place I’m now,” Justin advised cohost Becca Kufrin and visitor host Tayshia Adams. “After I look again at 14-year-old Justin, I used to be in highschool and fairly frankly I used to be the kind of one that for no matter motive felt the necessity to slot in and say humorous issues and sustain with what my friends have been doing and saying. The parents I had related to would throw round actually hurtful slurs that, on the time, I didn’t actually assume something of.”
Whereas Justin famous he was a teen, he added, “Regardless of how lengthy it was, these phrases shouldn’t have come out of my mouth. I’m clearly in a a lot totally different place now, over a decade later as a 27-year-old and I can look again and be ashamed of the phrases that I used … I do know as I’ve matured and advanced and grown as an individual, I’m a completely totally different model of Justin than I used to be.”
The fact TV character added that he understands “how a lot allyship and help these teams that I offended want” and he needs to do higher.
“Sadly, my underdeveloped mind wasn’t pondering, ‘How can these phrases damage folks afterward in life in the event that they have been to ever resurface?’ I’m not making any excuses,” he defined. “I should be totally held accountable for my actions and my phrases. I totally perceive that, and I simply need folks to know that I’ve modified immensely since then and I’m totally conscious of the burden that my phrases carry.”
Justin scored his first one-on-one date with Katie on the Monday, July 12, episode of The Bachelorette. He is among the remaining contestants trying to solidify a spot within the ultimate 4 and land a hometown date on subsequent week’s episode. Katie, for her half, has but to publicly touch upon his resurfaced tweets.
The Bachelorette airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.