Abbie Chatfield has shared terrifying details about the death threats she has received throughout her career, including voice notes sent via Instagram DMs.
The 26-year-old, who is an advocate for vaccines and has become well-known for shutting down critics and proving people wrong if they have an ill-informed opinion, admits that she’s been receiving hate online since her appearance on The Bachelor in 2019.
“This new wave of anti-vaxxer trolls, they’re a special breed. But it’s been two years of that so it doesn’t really bother me, it’s nothing new,” she told Hit radio’s Cliffo & Gabi.
“I get death threats a lot, voice note death threats are the worst ones. Text ones are fine but voice notes are scary.”
Abbie went on to explain because the police can’t do anything about the threats, she has her own way of dealing with it to make herself feel better.
“You just have to put it in a folder. I just screen record it and I’m like, ‘Just in case something happens to me they’ll know who did it’,” she adds with a laugh.
“I’m pretty scared, I do double check my locks at night.”
The interview comes just as Abbie made her live hosting debut on Love Island Australia Afterparty on Thursday night.
The show, which featured special appearances from Sophie Monk, Beauty and the Geek winner Lachlan Mansell, gossip columnist Lucy Manly, and podcaster Rowdi Waldron, was met with rave reviews from fans online.
“Am really pleased with Abbie. She's done an amazing job and has come out on top! Congratulations to her!” one person tweeted.
“You nailed it tonight!” another added, while someone else said she was “bloody killing it”.
“Abbie's presenting skills are so good,” a fourth person shared.
A number of Abbie’s Instagram followers also commended her performance, including her former Bachelor Matt Agnew.
“Congrats! Great work,” the astrophysicist commented on her post.
“TV host extraordinaire,” fellow Bachelor star Jessica Brody wrote, followed by Shameless podcast host Michelle Andrews who called her “a total natural”.
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