The 29-year-old OnlyFans creator, who has been in Europe for almost two months now, took to her Instagram Stories on Sunday to call out the negativity.
“Hey guys, since I left in June l've had more than my fair share of people trying to shame me for leaving Stella with my mum,” she wrote.
“E.g. ‘Why would you get a dog if you're just going to leave her’. I don't have to justify getting her, nor do I have to justify travelling. Are you attacking every dog owner that travels or am I your only target?”
Olivia went on to say that her dog is “perfectly safe, so well-loved and extremely happy” staying with her mum.
“I'll be home for her soon. Mind your own business,” she concluded.
Shortly after speaking out about the drama, Olivia shared a follow-up post thanking her followers for their support.
“Stella's having a great time with her G Mama (mum's preferred grandmother name),” she added. “She's being hand-fed gourmet meat, upwards of 5 walk/play dates a day and copious cuddles with G Mama and [her mum’s dog] Bert. In other words, she's spoiled rotten on a holiday of her own. I'll be home to spoil her fun (if anything) soon.
“And to anyone still coming for me: thank you for the compliment of me actually being so unproblematic that you have to create an issue where there is none.”
The 'villain edit'
Speaking to Yahoo Lifestyle about the backlash, Olivia admitted she feels like she has to be “super defensive” about her love of animals because of her MAFS edit.
“While they showed my cast mates in loving scenes with their dogs, they only showed me being jumped on by muddy dogs (in white jeans!) and being dragged while trying to walk Jackson [Lonie]’s dog - which is a psychological trick editors use on the audience to make a character more unlikeable.”
“The ‘villain edit’ is just that calculated. I love animals and have always had spoiled pets and I truly suffer when I’m apart from them.”
Olivia announced last month that she has relocated to Scotland “indefinitely”, with her only plans to return so she can begin the process of taking her dog Stella with her.
“There's a lot more work opportunities [overseas] and the people are more forgiving,” she told Yahoo Lifestyle. “It’s easier to move on whereas in Australia people hold you to your edit forever.”
Never miss a thing. Sign up to Yahoo Lifestyle’s daily newsletter.
Or if you have a story idea, email us at email@example.com.