From what the world has seen of Ben Higgins on The Bachelorette last year and The Bachelor this year, there's not much to dislike about him. He's cute, he's sweet, he seems genuine... unless you're the brother of one of his remaining women. On Monday night's hometown dates, JoJo's brothers were very apprehensive about Ben after they met him. At first, I didn't get it — seriously, why don't JoJo's brothers like Bachelor Ben? It makes no sense! He brought wine! But, then, they explained themselves, and it's hard to blame their reasoning, even if they did come off a little strong.
At first, JoJo's brothers were really friendly, right after meeting Ben. The claws didn't come out until dinner, when they had a chance to see her and Ben interacting and realized that from the way she acted around him, her feelings were really real. This is when their skepticism became really obvious, and as JoJo's brother, Ben — weird, yeah — explained, it all comes from a place of love. They've seen her be mistreated in relationships before, and they don't want it to happen again. It's a pretty normal brother emotion, right? Except for when they took it a little too far.
When they took JoJo aside to talk to her without Ben, she admitted she's really falling for him... and they admitted that they can't understand how she could've fallen in love with him after having only two one-on-one dates with him. A valid question. But, then, they pointed out to her that they don't feel like Ben is as "emotionally invested" in JoJo as she is in him, and that's obviously hard to hear.
"Ben, you brainwash these girls way too much, man. To see my sister like that after two dates..." JoJo's brother said after talking to JoJ. Um, harsh much? You just met the guy! Can't blame him for wanting only the best for his sis, but grilling Ben Higgins like this might not be the best approach. And to be totally fair, Ben — the Bachelor, not the brother — did manage to hold his own during such an awkward night.
I don't know who I feel worse for — Ben or JoJo. Either way, it's a tough situation to be in.
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