Guys, the show hasn’t even started yet, and we’re already dealing with some serious drama! Tracy Shapoff, a confirmed contestant on the upcoming 23rd season of The Bachelor, recently took to social media to apologize for some racially-charged and fat-shaming tweets that have resurfaced from her past. We wonder what this year’s Bachelor, Colton Underwood, will have to say about it.
On Dec. 7, Tracy took to Instagram to give an in-depth apology for some pretty controversial resurfaced tweets originally posted in 2010 and 2011. “I want to start by expressing my sincerest apologies for the extremely hurtful words that I said many years ago. I’m so sorry for those who I have offended,” the 31-year-old stylist wrote. “I am beyond mortified that I ever had those thoughts and then proceeded to express them. By no means does this reflect the person who I am today.” Tracy also made mention that she has “a huge heart and an open mind” and isn’t a “hurtful” person.
Tracy continued her multi-slide apology. “In the many years since writing those tweets, I have made a conscious effort not to be judgmental and to be accepting of all people,” she continued in the post. “I have gone into a field of work where I am able to help women and men have positive images of themselves, their bodies, and feel beautiful in who they are… I feel so lucky to have the opportunity.”
Tracy made it clear she “will not defend” any of her past tweets and instead hopes to “learn from [her] mistakes.” Let’s hope she takes those words to heart.
“I wholeheartedly reject all of those sentiments,” she concluded. “That being said, I take full responsibility for my tweets and will use this as a learning experience. I hope that we can continue to spread love and kindness in the world.” Love and kindness is the move, Tracy, so let’s hope you can walk the walk this season.
The Bachelor Season 23 premieres on ABC Monday, Jan. 7, at 8 p.m. ET.
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