The 22nd season of "The Bachelor" ended in controversy when bachelor Arie Luyendyk, Jr. broke up with Becca Kufrin, the woman he initially proposed to, in order to get back together with runner-up Lauren Burnham.
In the aftermath, fans have been left with a number of residual questions, like what's going to happen with Becca's $80,000 engagement ring, where should Arie be placed on the series' long list of villains, and are Arie and Lauren the real deal?
To find out the answer to the latter, INSIDER spoke with Tonya Reiman, a body language expert and the author of "The Power of Body Language," "The YES Factor," and "The Body Language of Dating."
Arie's cocked eyebrow and hand placement could indicate displeasure.
According to Reiman, Arie's cocked eyebrow tells a story in this photo.
"Although the couple is smiling and Arie keeps his body more on Lauren than Lauren on Arie, his right eyebrow is cocked deeply," she told INSIDER. "This look is typically seen when someone is skeptical or displeased. He does this in other photographs as well, so it is only one signal, however, it seems to be more pronounced in this photo, which is a red flag."
Reiman also noted the placement of Arie's left hand, which is "holding onto his chair, a signal that he potentially needs something to stabilize him."
By placing his hand on her hip, Arie demonstrates that he is "territorial" towards Lauren.
A hand on the waist can demonstrate emotional and sexual attachment.
Reiman noted that there tends to be an imbalance in touch between Arie and Lauren. "Arie tends to touch Lauren much more than Lauren touches Arie," she told INSIDER. "Here, he puts his arm around her waist [which is] a territorial move as well as a move to demonstrate emotional and sexual attachment."
At the same time, the photo shows that Arie is making an effort. "He bends over to make sure he is at the same level as she, even slightly lower," Reiman pointed out. "It appears he is attempting to gain her trust."
Lauren's hand placement and genuine smile show that she was happy in Paris, but Arie's reveal that he was was more unsure.
Lauren is clearly comfortable with Arie.
In this photo of Lauren and Arie on a date in Paris, Reiman noticed that Lauren appeared comfortable about her relationship with Arie, but he seems to have more reservations.
"Her hand is on his chest, which demonstrates affection. They are both smiling [but] his hand is in his pocket, which typically is a sign of discomfort or hiding something. In this context, it would appear more discomfort than hiding," Reiman told INSIDER. "She is tilting more towards him than he towards her and her leg is kicked back. In this photograph, she is clearly more comfortable than he is. Her smile is genuine, his is posed."
Lauren's tense smile on the couple's "Jimmy Kimmel" appearance reveals the strain in their current relationship.
Who wouldn't be a little tense while being mocked by Jimmy Kimmel?
According to Reiman, Lauren and Arie's appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel" is a good way to see some strain in their relationship.
"Notice how tight her mouth is," Reiman said. "A tightened mouth indicates discomfort. This is understandable, as they are being mocked by Jimmy Kimmel. However, throughout the interview, we notice she looks down and rolls her lips inwards several times during crucial moments [when Arie is asked about Becca] and as Arie states 'I'm so in love with her,' she looks down, a strong sign of insecurity.
Even when Lauren is smiling, it may not be genuine.
"[Lauren's] smile is not authentic," Reiman said. "But it is made for TV."
Arie's attention to physical contact on "Live With Kelly and Ryan" shows that he's trying to prove his love to Lauren.
For now, Arie and Lauren are both invested in this relationship.
Reiman points to Lauren and Arie's performative body language on "Live With Kelly and Ryan" as a sign that, at the very least, they are both trying in the relationship.
"Once again, we see that Arie often leans more into Lauren than Lauren into Arie. He touches her constantly in order to reaffirm his feelings. Her lower half is leaning towards him and his hand touches her leg, which is an affectionate movement when not being sexualized. She puts her hand over his to demonstrate support and affection," Reiman told INSIDER.
Reiman also noted that both Arie and Lauren may be overcompensating to prove their love and loyalty.
"Arie seems to be trying very hard to prove his love for Lauren. Lauren appears very guarded and potentially insecure," Reiman said. "This is a circle, perhaps Arie overdoes his touching to make up for what he feels Lauren demonstrates with her guarded affection."
Reiman also pointed out that all of the pictures shown are "merely a tenth of a second in time [and] we never know what happens immediately before or after." Because of this, none of these observations are in any way a definitive prediction of what is going to happen in Lauren and Arie's relationship.
Still, it is interesting to see how Arie and Lauren portray themselves to the outside world, and if these portrayals will change over time. Now, all there is to do is pay attention to Arie and Lauren to see what happens next.
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