The former Bachelorette took to Instagram over the weekend to answer a number of anonymous questions from her followers, including one about whether she and The Masked Singer panellist have since mended their relationship.
“Unfortunately no, that one stung for a while,” she began.
“I had a lot of respect for Abbie, still do but as a friend, was really hurt by how she neglected our friendship. Still value what she does in the media/social/advocacy work, though I can compartmentalise and say that once a friend hurts me, I can't always look past that.”
Brooke continued: “If she genuinely opened the line up for communication, I would have been able to, but she made her mind up to avoid anything to do with me. So I had accepted that as an answer to close that chapter of our friendship.
"Think she's still great if you connect and resonate with her. Though not my jam.”
What happened between Brooke and Abbie?
The pair’s friendship came to an end last year after Abbie hard-launched her relationship with Konrad Bien-Stephen, who came fourth on Brooke’s season of The Bachelorette, just a few hours before the final episode aired on TV.
At the time, Brooke shared a scathing post on social media calling out her “close friend” for “tainting” her season of the dating show, in which she made history as the first Indigenous and openly pansexual lead.
She also criticised Abbie 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 a lengthy 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 that this assumption was naïve. I now understand the timing of publicly sharing our relationship should have been more considered and that is my fault. I acknowledge that impact outweighs intent.”
‘I was so upset’
Most recently, Brooke revealed on her new podcast Not So PG that Abbie wasn’t her first choice to join her on The Bachelorette to help her make her final decision.
Instead, she wanted her friend and podcast co-host Matty Mills to appear on the show but he wasn’t able to film because of Covid restrictions at the time and so Abbie was called in at the last minute.
“I was so upset,” she said. “It's no disrespect to Abbie, she was great on it but I kind of got stuck.
“I had Abbie and just Amy [Thunig], which were great in hindsight. They were beautiful and they gave me perspective. But you were my original choice!”
“It would have been an incredible moment to have three indigenous people on mainstream TV, within that franchise of The Bachelorette to be able to help you,” Matty replied, while Brooke added, “And all queer as well”.
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