BAD BACH­E­LOR

Bach­e­lorette front-run­ner Gar­rett Yrigoyen is ac­cused of trou­bling be­hav­ior on In­sta­gram — and dur­ing his first mar­riage

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Becca Kufrin’s fall­ing for Bach­e­lorette con­tes­tant Gar­rett Yrigoyen — but he’s got a shady past.

From the mo­ment Gar­rett Yrigoyen stepped out of his mini­van and kissed her hello, Becca Kufrin clearly saw him as mar­riage ma­te­rial. “I was smit­ten,” con­fessed the Bach­e­lorette star, 28, who made her feel­ings clear by giv­ing Gar­rett the coveted first-im­pres­sion rose. But there’s a dark side to the Bach­e­lorette fron­trun­ner. Hours af­ter Becca and Gar­rett’s first meet­ing aired on TV, news spread that Gar­rett’s al­leged In­sta­gram ac­count had “liked” a se­ries of of­fen­sive posts, in­clud­ing t r ans­pho­bic memes and mes­sages pro­mot­ing vi­o­lence against im­mi­grants. It caused a storm of con­tro­versy at ABC — which was still reel­ing from its can­cel­la­tion of hit show Roseanne af­ter star Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet — lead­ing to spec­u­la­tion Becca’s sea­son could be yanked off the air. While an ABC exec ini­tially pointed out that it hadn’t defini­tively been proven the ac­count is Gar­rett’s, Life & Style has ex­clu­sively learned that there’s other ques­tion­able be­hav­ior in the med­i­cal sales rep’s past. His first mar­riage, to a woman named Kayla Cun­ning­ham, ended af­ter just six months, re­veals a pal of Kayla’s, be­cause Gar­rett changed dras­ti­cally af­ter they tied the knot, then walked out on her. “Why did he marry her and have her fam­ily spend thou­sands of dol­lars on the wed­ding, and then all of a sud­den say, ‘I just can’t do this any­more?’” the pal ques­tions. “Her fam­ily felt like she had been scammed.”

A BLIND­SIDED EX

Bach­e­lorette host Chris Har­ri­son has de­scribed Gar­rett, 29, as “heart­bro­ken” over his di­vorce, which was fi­nal­ized in March 2016. But the friend claims it was Kayla who wound up dev­as­tated. “She ended up go­ing to ther­apy and was stressed a lot and very up­set,” the pal says. “She was in it for the long haul, and then he just walked out and never came back. She was so frag­ile and cried a lot.”

While Kayla has since re­mar­ried, the pal says there are still many unan­swered ques­tions about Gar­rett — in­clud­ing his rea­sons for leav­ing her. “They laughed a lot and he was very charm­ing,” the pal says. “Maybe she was so blinded by love, she didn’t no­tice red flags.” But soon af­ter the wed­ding, the pal says, Gar­rett started act­ing cold and dis­re­spect­ful to­ward Kayla and her fam­ily. Then, one day, “he packed up all his crap,” the pal says. “A week later, he said he wanted half of ev­ery­thing.” Af­ter a lengthy court bat­tle, “she had to give him some money,” says the pal, who hopes Becca is care­ful. “I want Becca to know the truth about Gar­rett. He’s a nice guy at first, but she needs to watch out.”

BECCA’S TAKE

Becca has yet to com­ment on Gar­rett’s pre­vi­ous mar­riage, but af­ter she was dumped on cam­era by Bach­e­lor Arie Luyendyk Jr. (see box, below), she told pals she couldn’t take more heart­break. And a friend of the Min­nesotaborn pub­li­cist says Becca, who sup­ported Hil­lary Clin­ton and took part in the Women’s March, would be hor­ri­fied by his al­leged In­sta­gram likes. “It’s not some­thing any­one would find ac­cept­able — es­pe­cially Becca, who is one of the nicest peo­ple I know,” says the friend. Pub­licly, though, Becca’s urg­ing view­ers to keep an open mind about Gar­rett’s on­line be­hav­ior. “I can’t fault any­one for what they be­lieve,” she said on May 30. “I want view­ers to be open to ev­ery­one and I want them to go through this sea­son with me and watch my love story un­fold with all of these men.”

She proudly dis­played her curvy bod on The Voice, but now that Christina Aguil­era is back to record­ing and per­form­ing, she’s also mak­ing time for more ac­tive pur­suits. “Christina has been do­ing yoga five times a week,” says an in­sider, and it’s got­ten her more toned than she’s been in ages. As she pre­pares to start her first tour in al­most a decade in Septem­ber, 5-foot-2 Christina, 37, has made it a pri­or­ity to look and feel her best — and has al­ready gone from roughly 165 pounds to 130, ob­serves Dr. Pesca­tore. Eat­ing sen­si­bly helps: “She’s on a high-pro­tein, low-carb diet,” the in­sider says. “She’s cut out chips, choco­late snacks and fast food. But she isn’t fa­nat­i­cal about it.”

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