All the drama of Alayah started in the third episode of The Bachelor Season 24. Throughout the episode, Sydney Hightower called Alayah Benavidez a fake and said that Miss Texas USA in 2019 acted differently in front of the cameras. Sydney told Peter Weber her opinion about Alayah Benavidez. Meanwhile, some other women felt the same way, including Victoria Paul.
Now, Victoria P. and Alayah have a history. Victoria P. was Miss Louisiana USA in 2019 and knows Alayah from the pageant world. Alayah was accused of convincing Victoria P. to lie to the producers about knowing each other. Victoria P. also claimed not to know Alayah Benavidez. As a result, Weber eliminated Alayah Benavidez.
In the next episode, Alayah returned to clear her name. She interrupted a group date and told Peter Weber that she didn’t want the producers of The Bachelor to eliminate both sides because they had discussed the show before the limo night – since the cast members hadn’t been revealed until then. Alayah Benavidez also revealed that she was friends with Victoria P. and that the couple took a trip to Las Vegas together with other contestants. Victoria P. confirmed that she lied.
Once she saw the light, Weber asked Alayah Benavidez to come home. She accepted and he gave her the group’s date rose. However, this act caused a further drama, as Alayah did not participate in the group’s date and her conversation interrupted time with the other cast members.
The Bachelor: Peter Weber eliminates Alayah Benavidez for the second time
By the cocktail party of the next rose ceremony, several competitors expressed their disappointment for Peter Weber. “I’m sorry Peter, but I’ve never felt so unrecognized by anyone,” said Deandra Kanu. She then noted that bringing Alayah Benavidez back and giving her the group rose was “like the biggest slap in the face”.
Then, as the night continued, Weber’s Bachelor contestants ripped off Alayah right in front of her. Eventually, Peter Weber took Alayah out to talk.
“I don’t care what everyone says in there, I know you have a great heart and that you’re a good person,” said Peter Weber. Alayah then burst into tears. “I felt such a strong connection with you from the very first night. “You opened up to me and showed me a side that I understood was not easy for you. And that meant a lot to me too.”
However, the bachelor still lets her go. “With everything that’s happened, this is, like, too much,” said Peter Weber. “I don’t want to have to put her through anything else. But I think it’s probably time to say goodbye.”
“I’m sorry I’ve made this so damn difficult for you,” said Alayah before he left.
The Bachelor: Peter Weber explains why he eliminated Alayah Benavidez
Speaking with Access on February 5, Weber explained why he eliminated Alayah twice on The Bachelor.
“Alayah was a big blow to me. I didn’t feel good sending her home the first time,” he said. “There, for sure, I was influenced. I didn’t feel good.”
Then when Alayah came to Cleveland, the 28-year-old thought it was the perfect “chance to do the right thing.” However, Weber quickly reconsidered because of the other competitors.
“Unfortunately, this has become a situation where the culture of toxicity at home was simply too much,” Peter Weber said. “That house would have imploded if I had kept it there.” And it’s like saying ‘OK, what’s the lesser evil here?’ It was tough, but it was a situation where I was forced to make a difficult decision.
Even so, Peter Weber admitted that he would have kept Alayah longer if he was sure she was the One.
“No matter how hard it was, I wouldn’t have let her go if I thought legally, ‘This is my wife,” Peter Weber told people. But at that point it became too much, and I didn’t fall in love with her.” So it wasn’t worth the risk and causing all this commotion.
Regardless of how you feel about Alayah, Peter Weber chose to follow his heart to move forward on The Bachelor. Now, as the ABC reality series approaches week seven, the Delta pilot has six women remaining. So stay tuned. The trip isn’t over yet.