Every season of The Bachelor has a villain, and it looks like this season’s finally went home. Ben Higgins sent Olivia Caridi packing on the Feb. 8, episode, and instead of talking about her heartbreak, she took to Instagram to respond to all her haters.
The picture Caridi posted is one of her and her best friend on the beach in The Bahamas — both women smiling from ear to ear. It didn't seem like she was sad at all to be sent home by Higgins. Her caption even started out lighthearted. She joked that she had, "Just made a tent with some of the rocks near the blowhole and slept near some sea crabs and turtles for comfort and friendship. I caught fish with my hands for meals. It was very difficult."
So I'd like to thank my best friend @rachelantigua for renting a kayak and picking me up on the island in the Bahamas. It was very cold out there for a while, I just made a tent with some of the rocks near the blowhole and slept near some sea crabs and turtles for comfort and friendship. I caught fish with my hands for meals. It was very difficult. But my friend just anchored near the shore days later and we floated back to the mainland during sunset. It was idyllic. But for real -- thank you to the lovers and supporters, both friends and strangers, who have reached out. I am eternally grateful. For the haters, you've made me stronger than ever before. The girls on this show see your comments and they have feelings. Think twice before sending an insensitive message. Words hurt, and they kill, too. Don't be mean behind the screen. #AntiBullyingMonth This has been one of the most interesting experiences of my life. I've learned a lot about myself. Good things and tough lessons. We're all human. We make mistakes. Learn from them. Let them make you wiser. Be imperfect, flawed, and quirky. And own it. Never trade your authenticity for approval. Don't be afraid to stand alone. Anyway, rant over. Can't wait for adventures ahead!
Caridi soon got very serious with her message when she addressed the hate she had received from viewers online. She went as far as to warn fans to, "Think twice before sending an insensitive message. Words hurt, and they kill, too. Don't be mean behind the screen." She followed up her dramatic message with #AntiBullyingMonth, which is in October, by the way.
Don't get me wrong, I definitely agree with her that people online (and in real life) should be more careful with their words. I don't know if a contestant on The Bachelor is in danger of losing her life because of online bullying.
Her Instagram rant concluded with her admitting that although the experience was tough, she learned a lot about herself, and she's going to learn from them, which is all you can hope for if you don't get a rose.
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