Anyone searching for Rachel Lindsay’s Instagram late last week came up empty. After weeks of harassment and online hate, the former Bachelorette deactivated her Instagram. Now she’s speaking out about how bad the hate got.
Rachel Lindsay Shuts Down Her Instagram
In early February, Rachel Lindsay found herself caught in a social media storm involving Chris Harrison. The outrage stemmed from her interview with Harrison on Extra. During the interview, the Bachelor Nation host tried to defend Rachael Kirkconnell’s racially insensitive behavior. Rachael is rumored to win Matt James’ final rose during Season 25 of The Bachelor.
Among other things, she posed in some questionable outfits years ago. The photos were resurrected online.
Chris Harrison ended up taking a temporary leave from hosting to “reflect” on the interview. However, hundreds – if not thousands – of fans of the show put the blame solely on Rachel Lindsay. In fact, some believe she purposely made him look bad so she could take over his hosting duties.
She actually turned down the opportunity to host After the Final Rose. The network brought in someone not connected to the Bachelor Nation universe – Emmanuel Acho.
Rachel Lindsay has received horrific messages of hate, including many racist comments. It got so bad that she deactivated her Instagram.
Rachel Lindsay Details Threats From Haters
The Bachelor Nation alum has been quiet about her decision to deactivate her Instagram. But in her weekly podcast with Van Lathan, she broke her silence. In a new episode of Higher Learning, Rachel gave new insight into the amount of hate she was receiving.
During the talk with her co-host, Rachel said that her haters are “on a mission to cancel” her. That includes threatening to post negative things they may have – or think they have – on Rachel Lindsay. The threats were affecting her “well-being.”
Since leaving Instagram, Rachel Lindsay said she feels “so much better.” She needed to “detach from that negativity.”
Us Weekly reports that she also took a step back from the podcast she co-hosts with Becca Kurfrin, Bachelor Happy Hour.
Rachel Lindsay has said previously that she may not renew her contract to co-host the podcast due to everything that’s happened.
Her statements on Higher Learning came one day after the producers of ABC finally asked for fans to stop harassing Rachel. The official Bachelor Nation social media accounts posted a statement from the producers calling the bullying “unacceptable.”
Rachael Kirkconnell also spoke out last week in defense of Rachel Lindsay. Chris Harrison hasn’t made any statements since he announced he was “stepping aside.”
Viewers will find out on March 15th if Matt James did choose Rachael Kirkconnell as his final pick.
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