Why Did Ben Smith Not Say He Loves Tayshia Adams? Rachel Lindsay Has A Theory

Are you a Bachelor Nation fan wondering why the heck Ben Smith didn’t say he loves Tayshia Adams on the Dec. 15 hometowns episode of The Bachelorette? Well, former Bachelorettes Rachel Lindsay has some thoughts on why Smith might have been hesitant. She broke those thoughts down alongside co-host Becca Kufrin during the Dec. 16 episode of their Bachelor Happy Hour podcast.

Well, for starters, she sees a lot of similarities between Smith and Peter Krause, the runner-up on her season of The Bachelorette. "He does just enough to stay by," Lindsay said of Smith. "He reminds me of Peter Kraus… He reminds me of him in the way that, like, he gives you just enough. But if you really break down what he’s saying, it doesn’t match up. So, it’s like, ‘I don’t believe you. Like, I’m into you. I like you. I feel it, but there’s something that I can’t explain that’s not adding up here.’"

ICYMI: Kraus and Lindsay parted ways with arguably one of the most emotional breakups in Bachelor Nation history back in 2017. The TL;DR version is that Kraus wasn’t down to get engaged by the end of the show. But he didn’t want to break up, either. Ideally, he was hoping Lindsay would also be down to skip the engagement thing and, instead, just date. Spoiler: She was not down for that. So, he left with an extremely tearful goodbye, warning her that he believes they’re "both going to regret this decision."

Watch the entire emotional breakup here if you’re in the mood for a good old fashioned cry:

Luckily, things seem to have panned out well for Lindsay following the emotional split from Krause. She tied the knot with her season’s winner Bryan Abasolo in August of 2019 and the pair seem to still be going strong.

Now, back to Adams and Smith. In addition to comparing him to Krause, Lindsay also made it clear she fully thinks he was just on Crawley’s and Adams’ season to be the next Bachelor. By that I mean that, when Kufrin asked Lindsay if she believed Smith was just on Adams’ season to be the next Bachelor, Lindsay literally replied "Ben 1,000 percent wants to be The Bachelor." Kufrin agreed, saying, "and that’s why I think he kind of knows how to play — not that it’s a game—but like, kind of how to play it to give us enough, to open up just enough but to not, like, fully commit to this relationship that you, you know, say you’re in love."

And Lindsay really doesn’t want producers to go ahead and actually make Smith the next Bachelor. “I beg producers, please don’t do it," she said of making Smith the next Bachelor. "We’ve been here before with the person who is so desperate to be the lead. It never works out. When they want it so badly, when they’ve been planning for it, calculating, made certain moves to get to that point and then you give it to them, it always messes up. There are so many great men from the Clare [Crawley]/Tayshia season. Don’t pick him. I don’t want to see it.”

Well, I guess Smith can safely count Lindsay out of his fan club.

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