Ashley Iaconetti shared how she feels about Mondays episode of “The Bachelorette” and the show’s portrayal of the participant Colton Underwood ‘ s virginity.
Ashley Iaconetti is sharing how she feels about Mondays episode of “The Bachelorette” and the show’s portrayal of the participant Colton Underwood ‘ s virginity.
During an appearance on “Access” on Tuesday, Iaconetti, who previously revealed back in 2015 that is still a virgin, while on Chris Soules’ season of ” The Bachelor,” said she felt that “a lot of sympathy for Colton at that time.”
“I’m definitely used to talk about it on camera, and wow, I have a lot of sympathy for Colton at that time. It is so hard,” she said. ‘You don’t even have any idea how difficult it is to talk about that and show that on camera, unless you’ve done it.”
The “Bachelor in Paradise” star, 30, continued: “I said it to Chris Soules in the season and I have to be honest, I hadn’t thought of that, that he thought it was very attractive. I think he stopped looking at me as a sexual object at that point. I felt a shift in our relationship.”
“I don’t think that is the case in this situation at all, but what I am really tired of the show making it seem like such a big deal, like a big reveal as it is even something that we have to talk about at this point in a relationship. But I find so frustrating is that they keep making it seem, time and time again, as if it were a reason for some romantic development to stop.”
However, Iaconetti went on to say that “tricky” as it was discuss on the show, she is “glad” that they “might be forced to talk about a little bit.”
“Because the amount of people who come up to me and said:” Thank you for making me not feel alone, thank you for making me feel cool and normal ” and now Colton as a hot guy who say this? It is going to be making so many other people feel normal,” she explained.
Following Monday’s episode, Iaconetti tweeted: “I’m not happy about the way Colton’s virginity was portrayed on this episode. If it is a reason to not continue to pursue a romantic relationship with someone…”
“Just the fact that the virgins on The Bachelor franchise are set to be this serious are the talks about our inexperience and personal choices is ridiculous. It is not so interesting!!” Iaconetti wrote in a separate tweet.
“In the end, I am grateful that I was open about my virginity on the show, because a lot of people feel less alone,” she added. “I will be forever touched by the people who thanked me for making them feel that they are not the only ones. Thank you for your vulnerability @Colt3FIVE.”
On Monday’s episode, Underwood revealed “Bachelorette” Becca Kufrin during a one-on-one date that he is still a virgin. Although, many of the fans were not happy with Kufrin on the screen of the response, Iaconetti came to her defense stating the show’s editing.
“Must acknowledge the editing sometimes!” she tweeted in response to Kufrin the post that she got to go to the bathroom.”
Underwood also responded to Kufrin a tweet, stating: “Can confirm. There was 0 intent to be disrespectful…I certainly don’t take it that way.”