'Bachelorette' Contestant Apologizes For Past Homophobic, Racist Tweets

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday July 14, 2021
Originally published on July 14, 2021

"The Bachelorette" contestant Justin Glaze is apologizing for after "ignorant" and "hurtful" tweets he made as a teen recently resurfaced on Reddit, Page Six reported.

Glaze, who is currently in the running for Katie Thurston's heart on the ABC dating show, owned up to the tweets, admitting, "The last thing I want to do is run from it."

"I have no issue with owning up and apologizing from the bottom of my heart for the really hurtful words that I used," Glaze said in Monday's episode of the "Bachelor Happy Hour" podcast, according to Page Six. "That's not who I am. I just want to speak from the heart, and hopefully, people will get an understanding of where I was then versus where I am now."

Glaze was reportedly around 14 years old when he shared the tweets in question, which included messages that allegedly belittled Black women, promoted colorism, and used homophobic slurs.

Glaze chalks it up to trying to "fit in" with other kids.

"When I look back at 14-year-old Justin, I was in high school and quite frankly I was the type of person who for whatever reason felt the need to fit in and say funny things and keep up with what my peers were doing and saying," he explained. "The folks I had associated with would throw around really hurtful slurs that, at the time, I didn't really think anything of."

Being on "The Bachelorette," Glaze shared, helped him to hold himself accountable for his actions, which he said was "something historically I wasn't able to do."