Former Bachelorette contestant Peter Kraus praised ex Rachel Lindsay after she hosted an emotional segment about online hate and bullying during The Bachelor: Women Tell All on March 2. The season 13 leading lady read hurtful messages to prove the impact words can have. She delivered a powerful message, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
“[Rachel Lindsay], you absolutely owned it on that stage tonight of the Women Tell All,” Peter, 34, wrote on Twitter shortly after the episode aired. “You are one strong incredible woman. I am now and always have been so proud to have been a part of your season. Thank you.”
@TheRachLindsay You absolutely owned it on that stage tonight of the women tell all. You are one strong incredible woman. I am now and always have been so proud to have been a part of your season. Thank you.
— Peter Kraus (@peterkrauswi) March 3, 2020
The Wisconsin native was one of the leading lady’s final two contestants, but they split ahead of the finale. Rachel and the winner from her season, Bryan Abasolo, got married in August 2019 after two years together.
The lawyer, 34, joined Peter Weber‘s special to speak on the serious issue at hand. “I feel like you guys hear us talk about the hate that we receive, but you have no idea what it is, and the only way that I can actually make you feel it is for you to see it,” she said before reading real messages out loud, which she described as “graphic, explicit and shocking.” The messages included racial slurs, death threats and name-calling, but Rachel noted that this was “just a tip of the iceberg.”
It was an extremely enlightening segment, and her ex wasn’t the only one who was impressed. “[Rachel Lindsay], I am so thankful for your voice and how you use it. Thank you for speaking up for all of us,” Bachelor in Paradise alum Katie Morton wrote on Twitter. “There is so much to be said about the hate that has brought us all together but internally tears us apart.”
Demi Burnett also tweeted that the Dallas native’s message “is something to take seriously.” “It’s one thing to joke around about contestant behavior, however, it is not OK to bully and harass people based [on] the way they were born,” the former contestant noted.
She’ll always be one of our favorite Bachelorettes of all time. Keep slaying, Rachel!