Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s April Fools' pregnancy prank blasted as 'cruel' to people with infertility issues

Bachelor star Arie Luyendyk Jr. is facing more backlash — and this time, it’s not because of a painfully awkward breakup.

The reality star, who famously broke up with his fiancée, Becca Kufrin, as cameras rolled so he could reunite with and eventually propose to runner-up Lauren Burnham, is being slammed for an April Fools’ prank that many have considered to be in bad taste.

Luyendyk Jr. posted a photo of a pregnant woman’s stomach — believed to be Burnham’s — and a note saying the couple had a “bunny in the oven.”

Soon afterward, however, he said it was just an April Fools’ joke.

But few fans are laughing, judging by comments posted by followers who said that faking a pregnancy was “selfish” in light of the struggles many people face to conceive.

While the response to the prank was overwhelmingly negative, some fans — including a few who shared their own experiences with infertility — accused critics of being overly sensitive.

Lauren Burnham and Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s joke didn’t go over well. (Photo: Paul Hebert/ABC via Getty Images)

But the reason for the backlash may best be summed up by this ABC News article on why pregnancy jokes should be off-limits.

“I’ve known people for a long time who joke that they’re pregnant and this year it hit me that it does hurt,” Chelsey Kimmel, whose social media post slamming this type of prank went viral, told the outlet. “I struggle with real posts of people I know and love when they really are pregnant, but when people make a joke [about it], women like me, who want more than anything in the world to be pregnant… it just really hits home. It can hurt.”

Luyendyk Jr. has so far only issued one comment about the backlash, explaining that he and Burnham were making a “Dutch baby” — a puffed pancake confection.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. offered this explanation for his joke. (Photo: Via Arie Luyendyk Jr. Instagram Stories)

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