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'Bachelor in Paradise' 2022 Finale: Fans slam Michael Allio for using his late wife 'to get a woman'

'Unpopular opinion but there is something deeply wrong with Michael and it’s not grief,' a fan wrote on Twitter
UPDATED NOV 22, 2022
Michael Allio and Danielle Maltby in 'Bachelor in Paradise' 2022 Finale Part 1 (ABC)
Michael Allio and Danielle Maltby in 'Bachelor in Paradise' 2022 Finale Part 1 (ABC)

VALLARTA, MEXICO: “Paradise mom and dad” Danielle Maltby and Michael Allio both realized it was too soon to get engaged, but after one of the most poignant conversations in Paradise history, they chose to leave together as well. Despite the fact that the conversation concluded in a pleasant tone, several fans were irritated to see Michael bring up his late wife yet again.

Danielle and Michael both lost a significant someone in their life, so their conversations about the future are rooted in reality and maturity. Not to mention, Michael has a kid waiting for him at home. "Ever since Laura passed, I've had difficulty giving and receiving love. And for the longest time I have felt incredibly just lost, wandering, numb, you know?" he claims. "Which — for empathetic, emotional people like us — is a death sentence."


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Michael claims to carry a pocket-sized compass that was made before his wife died. "I bring it with me everywhere, so I don't get lost," he explains. "On the inside of it, it says, 'I find you wherever you are.' And I can't help but think this compass brought me to you."

They both start sobbing at this point. "I think about what this looks like and what it can be, and my goal is obviously to get that introduction with you and James when the time's right," Michael says. "I know it'll be something really special. He's the most amazing kid. And it's not just that introduction. It's meeting your family. You meeting mine. The future just feels hopeful."

Danielle is prepared, considering meeting James an "honor" and vowing not to "step in" and replace his mother. "Our losses are very different," she explains. "I can't look back on mine and say it was this beautiful, safe, happy relationship. And I know that when you look back on yours with Laura, it is. It's just this incredible love, and just know that I really respect that."

"She would love you," Michael says. "I know that for certain. She'd be happy it was you."

Before they depart paradise together, the couple agrees they aren't ready to be engaged, with Michael calling it "something we're building up to."

Slamming Michael for always bringing his late wife up in a conversation, a fan wrote, "Michael is literally always in a relationship triangle with his deceased wife. He uses her to break up with women and to get a woman." Another fan added, "Unpopular opinion but there is something deeply wrong with Michael and it’s not grief." Lauding Danielle for addressing how their losses are not the same, a fan wrote, "I’m so glad Danielle acknowledged that her and Michael’s losses are not the same. Not that it’s a competition, but the show forcing the “they both lost someone” has felt icky." Further slamming Michael, a fan tweeted, "I'm sorry but I'm not in Awww of Michael& Danielle's relationship like most of you. I was most definitely rooting for Michael in the beginning but after Sierra, I just lost interest in him. Seems like he was just looking for a blonde&used Sierra to get a Rose."





Fans also called out the duo implying they have been together since before the show, "Still waiting for Michael and Danielle to just admit they were a couple preseason and apologize to Sierra for the charade." One fan wrote how Michael should get professional help, "Michael should use that compass to find the closest therapist." One fan even felt Michael's confession to be scripted, "No hate but I just feel like Michael is acting talking to Danielle..idk somethings off there." Some fans also labeled their relationship a bit differently saying, "Danielle —What you and Michael have isn’t unique. It’s a relationship bonded by trauma."





The second part of the 'Bachelor in Paradise' Season 8 finale airs Tuesday, November 22 at 8 pm ET on ABC.

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