Bachelorette Star Peter Giannikopoulos Reveals Covid-19 Diagnosis

The 16th season of The Bachelorette has been quite a roller coaster ride for viewers. Not only was the season majorly impacted by Covid-19, but leading lady Clare Crawley gave her final rose to contestant Dale Moss after only four episodes, leaving a slew of suitors to wonder what was coming next. Well, what (or rather, who) came next was none other than Tayshia Adams, who jumped in to save the season and take the reigns as the new Bachelorette. Hey, if Clare found love that quickly, why can't Tayshia give it a shot, as well? Plus, the 16th season seemingly offered up a group of great guys (except Yosef ... bye, dude!) The remaining guys seem remarkably mature, thoughtful and there for the right reasons.

Speaking of the great group of guys, Us Weekly noted that Chris Harrison invited four more men onto the show to add to the 16 suitors who still remained when Clare left with Dale. They are Peter Giannikopoulos, Noah Erb, Montel Hill, and Spencer Robertson. In his first episode, which aired on Nov. 10, 2020, Spencer received some major attention from Tayshia, so it seemed like things were off to a good start. At least, it looked that way until Peter dropped some unfortunate news. 

Here's what went down with one of the new additions to Season 16 of The Bachelorette.

Peter Giannikopoulos spoke openly about his Covid-19 anxiety

Peter Giannikopoulos jumped in as a new recruit on The Bachelorette and fans met him on his debut episode, which aired on Nov. 10, 2020. While viewers are just getting to know Peter as he vies for Tayshia Adams' heart, the young man dropped some shocking news the same day his first episode aired. 

The real estate advisor took to Instagram to tell his followers that he had been diagnosed with Covid-19 even though he had been "wearing a mask in public, washing and sanitizing hands regularly, and following social distancing protocol during work." Peter then went on to say that as he was driving home from the clinic, he got in a car accident due to his anxiety about the diagnosis. "... [M]y anxiety started to get the best of me," Peter explained. "As a result of the anxiety, I lost consciousness behind the wheel and my car went off road ..." Thankfully, he wasn't hurt beyond a gash on his nose, but what a rough day!