'Bachelorette' fan-favorite Andrew Spencer apologizes for past tweets: 'Not who I am'
Andrew Spencer, a fan favorite on "The Bachelorette," who shared a dramatic and heartbreaking goodbye to Katie Thurston last week, apologizes for his earlier offensive tweets which he believes do not represent who he is today.
The alleged tweets that reappeared on Reddit contained anti-fat, racially charged, and misogynistic comments from 2011 to 2014. In response, the 26-year-old professional footballer from Austria told ET on Monday that he was “definitely disappointed and ashamed” of his previous statements.
"This is just really immature," Spencer said of his previous tweets. "It's mine and I'm not playing down anything with it. I'm really sorry that people had to see this side of me."
Although Spencer said he took responsibility for what he wrote and didn't want to hide it, he made it clear that the tweets “are 100 percent not who I am and not what my family raised me Has".
"It's part of my life and I own it, but that's nowhere near who I am today," he said. "Of course, I show that every day in the way I speak. If my mother had seen these tweets, she would surely have cheered mine (expletive)."
Andrew S., left, apologized for his past hurtful tweets that had re-emerged on social media.
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Spencer isn't the only candidate for this year's "Bachelorette" season to look at his past hurtful tweets. Earlier this month, Justin Glaze, one of the last three suitors remaining, apologized for his previous "ignorant and hurtful" tweets.
"What I said then was ignorant and hurtful (and) it's ignorant and hurtful now," he said on the July 13th episode of the franchise's official podcast, Bachelor Happy Hour, co-hosted by the franchise this season, Tayshia Adams and former "Bachelorette" star Becca Kufrin.
On the podcast, Glaze described past tweets, which he said were written as teenagers, as "sort of bashing the LGBT community and just not great things."
"No matter how long (before) it has been, those words shouldn't have come out of my mouth," added Glaze. “I'm obviously in a completely different place now, over a decade later than 27, and I can look back and be ashamed of the words I've used.… I know how I've matured and evolved and grown as a person . I'm a completely different version of Justin than I was. "
Glaze says he understands the importance of allies and knows that "those words would never come out of my mouth because I know how hard they are."
Contributor: Hannah Yasharoff
“Ignorant and hurtful”: “Bachelorette” candidate Justin Glaze apologizes for earlier tweets
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Bachelorette' candidate Andrew Spencer apologizes for previous tweets
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