At least one aspect of this very tangled season of The Bachelor has been cleared up: Julie LaPlaca, the producer who was rumored to have dated Peter Weber behind-the-scenes, finally set the record straight.
On Friday, March 14, LaPlaca–who has kept mum since rumors that she dated the pilot during his season–also took to Instagram to answer some burning questions. She posted a photo from the same New Year’s Eve outing that seems to have kicked off all the dating speculation.
The photo shows her in Times Square with Weber, but she said nothing really went on between them. “Yes that was @pilot_pete in the tan jacket, no we didn’t kiss at midnight,” she wrote in the photo. “But, whoever ends up as his copilot for life is one lucky lady, because this guy has a heart of gold.” She added a red heart and an airplane emoji.
Things seemed pretty suspicious back in January, when Weber’s dad posted a photo from the same night that shows his family with LaPlaca’s. All it said was, “New Year’s Eve lunch with the gang at Carmine’s.”
Robert Mills, an executive from ABC, played up the relationship a bit when Entertainment Tonight asked about the Bachelor finale and rumors of LaPlaca and Weber hanging out. “Well, I hate to get in the way of a good rumor, so I’m not going to confirm or deny about whether he ends up with a producer!” Mills said. “I don’t know how we’d ever top that though! But, it is crazy.” He added, “There’s a lot of craziness, it’s a roller coaster, but I would say even now the roller coaster hasn’t ended, and it won’t end until after After the Final Rose.”
So Weber, Prewett, and Sluss are all still single, folks! But before you slide into Sluss’ DM’s, remember that she has her eye on Tyler Cameron. Now that’s a couple we can see ourselves shipping hard.