Week 4 of The Bachelor was especially emotional because contestant Caelynn Miller-Keyes revealed to Colton Underwood that she was sexually assaulted in college. During that conversation, the former football player mentioned that his “first love” was also a survivor, which fans assumed to be Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman. It turns out, he still hasn’t reached out to her about it.
His reasoning behind the radio silence towards his ex is because he wants to keep all eyes on the former beauty queen and her powerful story.
“The one thing that I will speak on is Caelynn and how powerful and how strong and brave she is,” the 26-year-old told ET. “It still was so emotional for not only me to watch back, but I’m sure for her as well.”
Although the reality stud didn’t mention the gymnast by name, fans were quick to jump to the conclusion that he was talking about the abuse she endured from Larry Nassar. The exes are seemingly on good terms, but fans thought it was a bit distasteful for Colton to speak on her story when she wasn’t there.
As for Caelynn, the contestant was very brave as she recounted the horrific story and she added during the episode that “it’s something that has come between intimacy and a lot of different things in my life.”
It happened while she was a sophomore in college. “Me and three of my girlfriends went to one of my friend’s houses and they drugged their wine. I woke up the next morning and I was completely naked in my bed. I had no memory of the night before,” she said.
She continued, “Then, the girlfriend who didn’t drink the wine called me and told me, not only did a guy have sex with me, but another guy — I was passed out on a couch from the drugs — and he said, ‘Watch what I am about to do’ with all of his fraternity brothers around me, and lifted up my dress. They watched and laughed and took photos. It was absolutely horrible.”
The reality starlet added, “I was determined to get justice and seek justice. It’s something that will always be a part of me. I wanted to bring it up to you because I struggled with the shame and guilt I have felt.”
It was great to see the show take a stand for survivors and hopefully it made an impact.
If you need support, the National Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-656-4673. You will be connected with a trained staff member in your area. Or visit RAINN.org to chat online one-on-one with a support specialist at any time.