The Bachelor 2018: Deanna Talks Body Shaming And Being An Intruder

“It was exactly like your first day of high school.”

Although she may not have been bursting at the seams with emotion during last night’s group-date-cum-FBI-interrogation, Deanna describes her Bachelor journey as “a massive, crazy, cool adventure”.

It’s probably the most nerve-wracking thing I’ve ever done, it really pushed me out of my comfort zone,” she told ten daily. “I met some really amazing people, it was a great experience.”

Sharing that she originally applied to be Australia’s next Bachelorette, she instead found herself on a whirlwind journey as one of the three Intruders on Nick Cummins’ season of The Bachelor.

“I got a call on a Thursday, on Friday I got sent through some questionnaires, and then on Monday I got the okay, and by Thursday I was in there!” she said of how quickly it all happened.

Recalling that she was “extremely nervous”, Deanna told us that she went in expecting “the worst”.

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“It was exactly like starting school, like, your first day of high school,” she shared, adding: “Being an intruder, you know there’s gonna be cliques that have already started.”

Calling fellow intruder Jamie Lee her “best friend in the house”, Deanna told us that Cass, Brooke, Shannon and Alisha were all welcoming to the intruders, and noted that she clashed with Cat at her very first cocktail party, “literally over nothing”.

She’s also been less than impressed with Cat as she’s watched the episodes back, noting in particular a scene where Cat, Romy, Rihannon and Ashlea discussed her appearance in detail.

“I’ve had lots of girls and people approach me about being body-shamed on TV,” she shared. “I’ve had a lot of people reach out and say how hurtful it was to them, more so. I’m pretty thick-skinned, so I didn’t get affected by it, but it was really nasty and just unnecessary.”

Of the bachelorettes involved, Deanna believes that it was “a really bad display of their personalities” and “a reflection of personal insecurities”.

“We hadn’t even had a conversation yet, and to bodyshame someone on national TV has a lot to say about your personality, I think,” she said.

While she may not have been rattled by the snakes of the house, Deanna found this week’s group date quite challenging.

“It was a really nerve-wracking situation,” she said, noting that the strangeness of the situation made her nervous.

"When are you ever in that kind of situation? I had nothing to hide, nothing to lie about, I’m an open book, but I think being in a situation where you’re in a dark room and you’ve got a scary man sitting under a spotlight, you’re instantly more nervous than you’ve ever been in your life,” she mused. “I was like, ‘does he think I’m lying because I’m so nervous?’ and then you’re obviously monitoring what you say, so everything you say, it’s as if you’re almost holding back because you don’t know what he’s going to say about you.”

While Deanna may not have shown much emotion under the scrutiny of interrogation, she spoke passionately about her path moving forward from her Bachelor journey.

After losing a close friend to Acute Myeloid Leukaemia right as she was going into the mansion, she’s set her sights on working to support the Leukemia Foundation in whatever way she can, to raise awareness and money and “do whatever [she] can” to support them.

“It was really really sad,” she said, “he died within five days of diagnosis, so it was really, really sudden. People don’t really know about it so I really wanna just get the word out and do whatever I can to support his cause.”

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