The Bachelorette‘s Brooke Blurton has finally broken her silence on her feud with Abbie Chatfield following the drama that emerged during finale week.
Abbie’s relationship with one of Brooke’s third runner-up, Konrad Bien-Stephen, dominated headlines after pictures emerged of the pair kissing while he was still vying for Brooke’s heart on-screen. Then, Abbie “hard launched” their relationship with an Instagram carousel on the eve of the history-making finale.
Although a source close to the 26-year-old Bachelorette told So Dramatic! that she was “really upset” about the launch of the new relationship, Brooke was yet to directly address the situation.
However, on Thursday, Brooke took to her Instagram stories to reveal she and her winner, Darvid Garayeli, are going “offline” in the wake of the drama.
“D and I just want to thank everyone for all the congratulation messages,” she penned. “We’ve decided to go within ourselves and go offline for this week.”
The youth worker confessed she and Darvid were “personally and mentally… disrupted by all the crap that came with finale week.”
Highlighting that she is not a “hostile person”, nor does she “have any hate in her heart”, Brooke said it meant a lot for her to be vulnerable on The Bachelorette.
“Not only that but for what it meant for the LGBTQIA+ and First Nations Community to have that display of representation,” she added.
Brooke Blurton Calls Out Abbie Chatfield
Listing a number of things she took issue with, Brooke moved on to her “new” and “hardest point” in calling out Abbie.
“For [my season] to be tainted ONCE again by… what I thought was a close friend.”
“Another white woman displaying what white privilege looks like.”
“A very clear display of narcissism.”
The Bachelorette said the situation “literally pains” her before revealing she reached out to Abbie to “resolve this ‘conflict'”.
“Classic naive me, adult me went to this person to communicate openly about the layers of complexity that this person’s actions show and take away from NOT only me but what it meant for a queer woman of colour [sic].”
She also admitted that if this was taking away from another person’s experience, she’d “still have this stance”.
“You guys asked for my comment. There it is,” Brooke concluded. “Now go give them more air time in which is what this is exactly about.”
Brooke Blurton Reveals She Is Taking “Time To Heal” Following Sister’s Death
Brooke also explained to her 300 thousand-strong following that she is still grieving the death of her sister, Kye.
‘When I put in perspective to how long it has been, it’s been only two months,” she said. “Not having Darv there in that time was probably one of the most challenging times for both of us.
“It doesn’t make it easy when you physically can not be there for someone you love who’s lost someone they love.”
She then wrote that she’s promised herself, her partner and her “angel sister” that she will “take the time to heal”.
“It’ll take more than a week but this is a start.”
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