Charity Lawson sizzled in a little red dress when she confronted both Brayden Bowers and Xavier Bonner on Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette on ABC’s Men Tell All.
The 27-year-old child and family therapist from Columbus, Georgia, didn’t hold back, telling Brayden Bowers, 24, a travel nurse from San Diego, that she didn’t like how he talked about their relationship with the other men.
“I’ve given you a lot more grace than I should have given you if I’m being honest,” Charity told Brayden during the two-hour episode, to whom she gave the First Impression rose at the season premiere.
Charity also said it was hard seeing Xavier, 27, a biomedical student from Euclid, Ohio, again, but she didn’t think he ever really saw himself get down on one knee at the end.
Xavier tried to apologize to Charity for their disastrous last conversation in Fiji where he told her he was unfaithful to his last girlfriend and cheated on her several times in a week.
Series star: Charity Lawson sizzled in a little red dress as she confronted her ex-boyfriends on Monday’s Men Tell All episode of ABC’s The Bachelorette
“All I want to say is that I disapprove of cheating,” Xavier said. “And if you have a problem in your relationship, you should focus on improving it.”
Charity said that if you have love for a person, you are not cheating on him. Charity told him she was also upset that he waited to be put in the car to say he loved her.
“I think about that conversation every day and sometimes cry about it,” Xavier said. “I really saw you as my wife and I did everything I could to show you exactly who I was.”
Xavier got up and gave Charity a knitted rose and said he was glad she had found her forever person, but it sucks that it wasn’t him.
The reunion show also gave the men a chance to confront each other about their behavior during Season 20 of The Bachelorette.
The show started with Sean McLaughlin, 25, a software salesman from Troy, New York, telling Brayden exactly how he felt about him.
“I think you were quite manipulative in the way you framed the situation with Charity,” Sean said.
Adrian Hassan, 33, a realtor from North Hills, California, said he was skeptical of Brayden from the start.
Red hot: The 27-year-old child and family therapist from Columbus, Georgia, didn’t hold back during the two-hour episode as she reunited with 13 memorable men she dated on the show
They’re Back: Spencer, Adrian, Peter, John, James, Caleb, John Henry, Sean, Tanner, Xavier, Brayden, Aaron and Michael were back for the Men Tell All episode
The Host: Jesse Palmer hosted the two-hour episode on ABC
Being honest: “I gave you a lot more grace than I should have given you if I’m being honest,” Charity told Brayden during the two-hour episode
Too late: Charity told Xavier she was also angry that he waited to be put in the car to say he loved her
“People who said they didn’t have a facade would be lying,” Brayden said. “I mean the fact that some people are even adjusting their swear words now, at home you would swear like a common man.”
Brayden also insisted that he never called Charity “classless.” Brayden asked the live audience if he had ever said the word “classless” and they yelled “yes” back.
“Apparently so,” Brayden said.
Brayden insisted he was just being real on the show.
“His biggest problem was that he was too honest and had weird earnings,” says James Pierce, 28, a Chicago attorney. “I don’t see why that’s such a big deal.”
Brayden said it just hurt him that the guys were talking about him behind his back instead of coming to him with their problems.
Peter Cappio, 33, an airline pilot from Armonk, New York, who went home the first night, said the drama started with him after the season wrapped on a cast Zoom call. He said 15 or 16 of the men posted “FP” on their social media posts at the end of their headshots. He said Brayden told him it meant “f*** Peter.” ‘
“We shouldn’t have,” Xavier said. “It was just an inside joke.”
“It’s basically because you said ‘f*** you’ to every guy who tried to talk to you,” said Caleb Balgaard, 24, a professional wrestler from Orlando.
Host Jesse Palmer, 44, then brought Brayden up to talk to him individually and reiterated his sudden departure from the show. Brayden said it was hard to watch the show back, especially realizing that Charity had all these feelings for him. Brayden said at the end of the show he just didn’t think he could get married.
“It was important to me to apologize to someone I hurt and was pursuing a relationship with,” Brayden said of his return to the show.
Brayden said he was ready to get physical with the guys who were so mad at him for coming back.
“I was ready to fight them,” Brayden said.
Brayden then gave Jesse some earclips to wear and Jesse put them on.
“Can we go for this?” said Jesse.
Clip-on Earrings: Brayden then gave Jesse some clip-on earrings to wear and Jesse put them on
The audience cheered. Jesse then announced that Brayden was joining Bachelor In Paradise and played a clip of him making out with Kat Izzo.
“She’s a great kisser,” Brayden said.
Jesse then took Xavier onstage to discuss how his relationship fell apart right before he was about to spend the night at the Fantasy Suite when he told Charity that he had been unfaithful in his previous relationship.
Xavier explained that he brought up his past to be completely honest with Charity, but the conversation didn’t go as he planned. Xavier said after telling Charity that he fell in love with her during the hometowns that he expected her to say it back and got defensive when she didn’t.
“I was in love with her and it was really hard to get rid of that because those feelings don’t just go away,” Xavier said.
Brayden said he was thankful to have met her.
Sean walked over to Charity, sat in the hot seat and thanked her for helping them all become better men.
“You need to be invited up here,” Jesse said. “He cracked the bachelor code.”
Jesse then played bloopers from the show, including Jesse stalking Charity when she was kissing while wearing a Bigfoot costume. Jesse then brought out three former bachelorettes Trista Sutter, Desiree Siegfried, and DeAnna Pappas to offer Charity advice.
Jesse also introduced Gerry Turner, 71, a retired restaurateur from Warsaw, Indiana, to the very first Golden Bachelor. Gerry tearfully said his wife Toni, 43, died after contracting a bacterial infection. He said he took her to the emergency room on July 7 and she passed away a week later on July 15. He said his wife died six years ago and his children encouraged him to find someone new.
Code violation: Sean walked up to Charity, sat in the hot seat and thanked her for helping them all become better men
Former bachelorettes: Jesse then brought in three former bachelorettes Trista Sutter, Desiree Siegfried and DeAnna Pappas to give charity advice
Golden man: Gerry Turner, 71, a retired restaurateur from Warsaw, Indiana, was introduced as the first-ever Golden Bachelor
Tears flow: Gerry tearfully said his wife Toni of 43 years died after contracting a bacterial infection
“Because it’s never too late to fall in love again,” Gerry said.
Gerry came on stage and the men sang to him. Gerry said he was shocked at how much attention he had received. Jesse said people called him “grandzaddy,” but Gerry said he didn’t really know what that meant. Gerry said there would also be fantasy suites in his show. Jesse asked him for advice for having such a long marriage.
“Look at your partner every day and tell them you love them because the day comes way too soon for either of you that you can’t do that,” said Gerry. And I would give anything to do that again. Tell them you love them every day.”
The Bachelorette returns this Monday for the three-hour season finale on ABC.