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For the past few weeks, we've been following Lindsay Hubbard and Carl Radke navigate a "will they, won't they" burgeoning relationship on Summer House, as they transitioned from best friends to possible boyfriend/girlfriend. Unfortunately, it seems that while Carl "started things" with Lindsay, he wanted to end things with Lindsay after deciding the two were better as friends. And apparently, he's been receiving a lot of heat over how he handled the situation on social media.
But surprisingly, one housemate is coming to his defense — and you might be surprised to learn who it is.
Lindsay took to Instagram to defend her longtime friend after he received some serious criticism from fans: "Shortly before filming this past summer, Carl and I wound up single at the same time. It was then that he decided to shoot his shot. Honestly, good for him. As he should have. You have seen this all play out on the last 5 episodes of [Summer House]. But there is no rule book written on how to go from best friends to then being romantic and then back to friends again. And to do it while we are filming, and while living in the same house under the scrutiny of everyone around us. It truly was a rollercoaster of emotions, and you guys are on that rollercoaster with us."
She explained the different perspectives the two had on their relationship attempt: "Unfortunately going into it, Carl didn’t exactly understand that I’m not dating just to date at this point in my life (even if he is my best friend), or that he wasn’t quite ready for the level of commitment I need in a relationship. Our expectations were not aligned, which is where it all went wrong. Trust me, he knows, and I made it very clear to him back in July as you are seeing now. I held him accountable then and he holds himself accountable now. Carl is growing, albeit slowly, but he’s getting there. He watched the episode and called me saying, 'I’m sorry Hubb House. Watching this back, I realize I was wrong, and it’s hard to watch.'"
And Lindsay also pleaded for fans to give Carl a break: "Yes, we signed up to share our lives and open ourselves up for judgement. We are aware of that, and we’re both very strong people, and can handle that. But what is NOT acceptable are the mean-spirited, nasty, derogatory, bullying messages about him. I truly appreciate everyone being Team Lindsay here, but please give the guy some grace. He owned his s--t and we have both moved on. It took some time and you will continue to see this play out of course."
Carl also owned up to his part in the situation, writing on Instagram, "I love having Lindsay Hubbard in my life. I didn’t handle the situation well at all. But I must say there’s no playbook for any relationship or trying to see if there’s something more with your best friend. Lindsay is an amazing soul. She’s been with me through a lot. I’m lucky to have her in my life and I will never give up trying to be better to her."
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