Bye, trolls! Bachelorette star Kaitlyn Bristowe got very real after body-shamers asked if she was pregnant on social media. The starlet posted a photo with her boyfriend, Jason Tartick, former BachelorColton Underwood and Cassie Randolph, and was met with a slew of people asking if she was expecting. After making a quick joke about all the comments rushing in, she then shared a heartbreaking photo of herself crying on the bathroom floor because of the negativity. Keep scrolling for the whole scoop!
Kaitlyn, 34, shared this adorable photo of the two couples enjoying a night out. “I love this photo. It was my birthday, with good friends, and we went around the table saying what we loved about each other,” the reality starlet shared the memory behind the post on her Instagram Story.
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The Comments Rolled In
Although the sweet snap evoked positive thoughts from Kaitlyn, she shared a few negative comments from people. Some asked if she was pregnant while someone else told Jason, 30, that he could “do so much better.”
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Make a Joke
At first, the former leading lady tried to make light of the situation. She posted a photo of herself on a boat with a drink in her hand to show that she was unbothered by the hate.
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Sadly, Kaitlyn was very impacted by the comments. “You know what. I’m gonna be real,” she began a lengthy caption on a photo of herself crying on her Instagram Story. “I didn’t laugh this one off. I cried on the floor. I’ve had body image issues in my life. Being called pregnant after a big meal triggers my feelings.”
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Her emotional post continued, “It’s usually, ‘eat a cheeseburger’ or ‘ewww too skinny.’ Both hurt. Just because a woman’s stomach isn’t flat doesn’t mean we call her pregnant. Just because a woman [is] skinny doesn’t mean we call her sick.”
During her appearance on the show, the ladies played a game where Kaitlyn had to answer a question or take a shot. “I wish I would’ve just taken the shot, but instead, I tried to find a loophole. … What I said was, ‘Me. I was.’ And I said all the ladies deserve it,” she explained in a video on her Instagram after receiving backlash.
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She continued, “They edited that out and I said, ‘Fine. Hannah B.’ Only because we hadn’t seen her season yet, so I thought it was my way out of answering the question. … I’m sorry that this got taken out of context.”
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Wanted to Clear the Air
Celebrities these days receive backlash for just about everything they do, but Kaitlyn couldn’t let this one go. She explained, “As everyone knows, I too am very far from perfect. But this misunderstanding I have to address. … I should know by now that editing of a show can cause hate towards me. And I’ve been receiving a lot of that.”
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Not Here for That
The starlet prides herself on being an advocate for women so this situation was not jiving with her. “Sometimes I can brush things off, and I will always admit if I deserve it. But when I’m being accused of bashing other women, I need to explain.”
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Too Much Negativity
She tends to wear her heart on her sleeve so this was another situation that really got to her. “I had an absolute meltdown today due to negative comments, and headlines. I just want people to hear this from me. Media will run with stories but this just simply isn’t true.”
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After she posted the video, Jason commented, “Proud of you.” Her other franchise friends also rallied to support her. “Anyone that knows you, knows your heart … We all know you’re one of the greatest humans,” Bachelor in Paradise alum Raven Gates wrote. Former Bachelorette star Ali Fedotowsky added, “I personally heard you talk about how great you think she’ll be!!!”
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Support From Her Beau
Jason later shared a video of himself on Today where he said, “Especially on Instagram, everyone has an opinion and it’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t, good, bad and ugly … Ignore the noise, stay focused on your relationship because everyone has something to say.” He added the caption, “… and that’s all I have to say about that #thebachelorette.”
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Although it’s easy to get bogged down by the drama of social media, Kaitlyn has a lot of amazing things happening in her life. Her Off the Vine podcast is loved by fans, she launched a new wine company and her boyfriend is completely smitten over her.
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During her appearance on LadyGang, host Keltie Knight asked Jason via Facetime if Kaitlyn was “the one.” His answer made everyone swoon. “That’s a very easy answer for me,” he divulged. “I have never in my life been as [happy] as I am with Kaitlyn and there’s no looking back right now.”
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Not Looking Back
The reality pair had a candid chat on Kaitlyn’s podcast about how their relationship progressed relatively quickly. Jason confessed that appearing on Becca Kufrin‘s season had a lot to do with it.
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He Found Himself
“When you do go on The Bachelor because you go through this period of no phone, no tv, no internet, no music, no anything, it really gives [you] … time to really just self reflect,” the New York native explained. “You learn what you’ve done wrong in relationships or how you could be better.”
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A Special Connection
Jason also gushed about how honest he and Kaitlyn are with each other. “One of the things about our relationship is that we’ve always been extremely, extremely open in our communication,” he explained. “If we have the slightest issue — good, bad or ugly — we don’t hold things back. We don’t filter things we just put it on the table with one another.”
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Don’t Leave It Hanging
Kaitlyn noted that the key to their communication skills is not dwelling on any issue. She added, “Then, we discuss it as far as it can go and then we move on.”