Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay has spoken out about her decision to deactivate her Instagram account.
The lawyer turned TV personality has faced weeks of harassment from angry Bachelor Nation and Chris Harrison fans over the ongoing racism row, and the reality star explained that she’d had enough.
Speaking to her Higher Learning podcast co-host Van Lathan on Tuesday, she explained: ‘I saw something negative and I said, “You know what? Not today, not even this weekend,” and currently still not now because I’m still disabled.
‘It was the best decision that I could do for myself to detach from that negativity. I needed that. I feel so much better. I’m not 100 percent, but I feel lighter.’
She then revealed the types of messages she had been receiving as she continued: ‘People are attacking me because they think that I’m trying to cancel someone so they’re on a mission to cancel me.
‘I’m getting threatened. People are threatening, like, “Oh I have this on you. I have this, I’m just waiting till you get back on social to unleash this kind of stuff.”‘
The Extra Host added: ‘You’re affecting people’s well-being. Where does it end? Where does it stop? Until you take everybody down? That really can’t be.’
The 35-year-old also thanked her co-host for speaking out in her defense over the weekend.
Hours after Rachel deactivated her account, Van posted a video on Instagram and addressed Bachelor Nation.
He wrote in the caption: ‘Leave Rachel the f**k alone. This harassment is going too far. My co host has zero today with the words of a grown ass man who still doesn’t get it.
‘@chrisbharrison are you okay with people getting at Rachel to the point she can’t even exist on IG. Is anyone from the entire “Bachelor Nation” going to stand up and condemn this harassment of a Black woman? Yo it’s just a f**king TV SHOW, y’all need to relax for real.’
Shortly before the podcast was released, The Bachelor’s executive producers released a statement condemning harassment of the former lead.
Her decision to take a break from social media comes as The Bachelor is caught up in a racism scandal that has seen its host Chris Harrison ‘step aside’ from the series.
Rachel, who is the first Black female lead in the Bachelorette spin-off’s history, had interviewed Chris earlier this month, where they discussed the backlash The Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell is facing, after being accused of racist behavior.
During their lengthy conversation, Chris was seen defending Rachael following pictures of her in attendance at a ‘Old South Antebellum fraternity party’ in 2018 and claims she bullied an old schoolmate for dating a Black man.
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