It was a terrifying holiday weekend for one reality star. Bachelorette alum Josh Murray revealed that he and a group of friends were hit by a drunk driver on their way home after seeing a firework display during the long weekend.
The ex-Bachelor Nation star took to his Instagram on Tuesday, July 6, to let his followers know why he had not been active. “Sorry if I’ve been MIA for a couple days to those asking, figured this was easier to write here – my friends and I were hit by a drunk driver on the lake a couple days ago after the fireworks,” the 36-year-old explained.
He continued, “One of my buds got hurt bad but thankfully will recover after many surgeries. Others were shaken up obviously. I’m fine physically for [the] most part.”
Although there were no fatalities, Murray did sound shaken up and warned everyone to be safe when celebrating and to keep his recovering pal in their thoughts. “Anyways, hope y’all had a great 4th and be safe out there,” he added. “Just got my phone back, so sorry for no responses for a couple days. Say a couple prayers for my bud when u get a chance.”
The television personality rose to fame when he appeared and eventually became engaged to Bachelorette Andi Dorfman back in 2014. The relationship eventually went south, and the two went their separate ways in January 2015. Their relationship soured further when Dorfman claimed in her book It's Not Okay that the former baseball player was "verbally abusive" during their year-long romance.
She is not the only member of the Bachelor community that has been engaged to Murray and claimed that he was miles away from being a great partner. After both appearing on the 2016 season of Bachelor In Paradise, Murray and Amanda Stanton became betrothed. Their relationship also ended one year later. The 31-year-old blonde beauty claimed that Murray was "controlling" throughout much of their relationship.
The star attempted to defend himself during a 2017 episode of The Steve Harvey Show, saying, “That’s what’s tough to hear all the time. In this relationship [with Stanton] I definitely take fault for continuing something and not being happy when I know I should walk away. And I feel like people can relate in any situation you’re in, something that you don’t want to be in, it ends up just not being very good.
“I may have made mistakes before in being passive-aggressive with maybe a tweet or something, but I don’t like airing my dirty laundry. I don’t like talking bad about other people and ruining their lives, but unfortunately that’s happened with mine and that’s very frustrating,” he said.
Murray also tried to garner sympathy by saying that his former partners' claims were wreaking havoc on his current love life. “It’s affected it tremendously. I feel hopeless. I feel like people are already judging me based upon what others are saying, so I don’t know what to do or how to handle it. I’m in trouble, I know,” he explained.
Still, the Georgia native did take some sense of ownership for being unlucky in love. “It’s my fault in the long run for certain things that happened. Obviously there were connections there and there was love and stuff, but when you see certain things in relationships that you don’t like, you can’t change somebody, they are who they are,” he said.