It wasn't looking good for Dean at the start of his one-on-one date on this week's episode of The Bachelorette. The living Ken doll chose to joke around with Rachel instead of opening up to her as they strolled around Geneva, but that all changed at dinner.
When Rachel asked him to get serious, Dean revealed why he's so nervous about Rachel meeting his family if she selected him for next week's hometown dates.
Dean had previously revealed his mother died when he was a teenager, and on this episode, he opened up about his strained relationship with his father. His mother's death put even more strain on their relationship.
When my mother passed away, the first 15 years of my life, my father was the one who was like “Hey, let's go dirtbiking, let's go snowboarding.” He was never the one who was like “Let me drive you to school, let me take you to lunch,” he was never that guy. So the second my mother passed away, who was that person, he wasn't able to flip the switch and become the person that I needed him to be and it took a big hit on our relationship.
Dean went on to say that his father is "eccentric" now, and he wishes Rachel could have met his family back when his mother was still around.
He's just not a person that has any bearing on my emotional experience, I guess you could say. He's become quite a bit more eccentric. So what I wish you could see is the family that I had in my most developmental years of ages 0 to 15, and not the family that abandoned me at the most vulnerable time in my life.
But the speech didn't scare off Rachel. On the contrary, Rachel praised Dean for finally opening up to her and offered him a rose.
So we'll be meeting Dean's family next week!