After posting a lengthy apology to Instagram last week, Abbie Chatfield has once again spoken out about her drama with Brooke Blurton on the latest episode of her podcast, It's A Lot.
In case you need a reminder, Abbie was called out by Brooke on social media for “tainting” the finale week of The Bachelorette by hard-launching her relationship with former contestant Konrad Bien-Stephen.
Brooke had criticised the I’m A Celebrity champion for “displaying what white privilege looks like” and labelled her actions as “a very clear display of narcissism”.
“I've reached out to this person to resolve this 'conflict' which in fact, 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. If this wasn't me, I'd still have this stance,” she wrote in her post.
Abbie took to Instagram a few days later to address the statement and explain her actions, saying that it all came down to a miscommunication.
“When I uploaded a post confirming the numerous rumours, it was not with malice,” she said. “The morning of, I mistook a message from Brooke expressing her happiness for and approval of our relationship as a green light to upload a post… I see with hindsight this assumption was naive.”
On Tuesday, Abbie spoke about the drama again on an episode of her podcast, It’s A Lot, with her guest Deni Todorovič.
“It’s our first episode back after a break and it would be remiss of us not to address the elephant in the room,” she began. “I started dating a contestant, Konrad, the week before he was kicked off the show. A fan took a video of us kissing that was intentionally sent to the Daily Mail. They did an article about it.
“Brooke and I had a conversation, I apologised for our neglect at the pub kissing in public - we shouldn’t have done it. We knew we shouldn’t have been seen kissing in public at that time, but we did! That was our fault. Then when he exited the show, my understanding was that it was the spoiler that was the issue, that was my mistake.”
The former Bachelor runner-up went on to repeat what she had said in her Instagram post and reiterated that it all stemmed from miscommunication.
“We went to lunch, had a few drinks, Brooke had texted me saying how happy she was for us and then I uploaded the post. People thought it was a planned thing, that we had waited for this date, but we were literally choosing the photos at lunch,” she explained.
“We had been papped almost every day, we had been living together since we met basically, and I mistook that message for a green light to upload a post, which was my mistake. I didn’t think of the timing of the finale.”
Abbie also said that she understood the impact of this season of The Bachelorette, with Brooke being both the first Indigenous and openly pansexual lead, and admitted to her wrongdoing and “white privilege”.
“I was neglectful in not thinking about the impacts of me, as a white woman in the media and a public figure, uploading that during that time,” she continued. “It was a mistake. I wish I just waited three more days.
“People were confused about how white privilege came into it. The white privilege in that is me not thinking about the impacts of that post to the community. I knew the importance, but I didn’t think my actions would affect that - and that’s where the white privilege comes in.”
Wrapping up, the 26-year-old re-asserted that her Instagram post “wasn’t a PR written statement” and it definitely wasn’t calculated.
“It was neglectful timing but it definitely was not preplanned,” she added. “There’s a narrative going around that I must have preplanned it to get more attention. But I just want to be clear: a friend of mine was uploading stories of us kissing at lunch because we were, you know, in love. But obviously, I do apologise.
“It was not preplanned but it was absolutely neglectful, it was absolutely naive. It is something that I hope I will never do again, I will endeavour to never do that again.”
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