It really was almost paradise for Bachelor in Paradise’s Brendan Morais and Pieper James. That is until they got a little too real on reality TV. By that I mean, they talked about what they’re not supposed to talk about on camera, all microphoned up: social media followers. Here’s hoping you’re sitting down, because this news is going to blow no one away – apparently people aren’t going on The Bachelor to find love. They’re going to gain exposure, build a following on social media, have fun, and maybe, if they’re really lucky, find someone they can date and tag in photos for more followers. Just ask Brendan and Pieper.
In this week’s episode, Pieper entered paradise and immediately asked Brendan out on a date. Brendan, who had been cultivating an open relationship fantasy with himself and Natasha Parker, accepted. On the date, the two talked about their love – for themselves and their growing following. At one point, Pieper bragged that she gained 10,000 followers before even going on BIP. Basically, this genuine match made in heaven revealed to Natasha and everyone else their true intentions for coming on the show. Now, Bachelor Nation is coming to Natasha’s defense, while Brendan and Pieper lose followers. Us Weekly has the receipts to prove this.
US Weekly reports, “after sharing a snap with Natasha and declaring she’s “TEAM NATASHA” via Instagram Stories,” Rachel Lindsay, “shared a throwback video of her dog barking over Brendan during his ‘Bachelor Happy Hour’ podcast interview last year, noting, ‘Both Copper and I tried to tell y’all about him last year’.” Natasha obviously rehared the video, commenting, “Uh oh @therachlindsay comes out of bachelor retirement tonight.”
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Resident show villain, Demi Burnett tweeted, “protect Natasha at all costs,” and “Natasha handled that like a bad bitch.” Demi, US Weekly reminds us, even went on a date with Brendan earlier in the season, and added, “honestly thinking Brendan went on the date with me bc I have the most followers’.” Which actually was likely part of Brendan’s strategy.
Natasha also received support from Hannah Ann Sluss, who wrote “you deserve it all. The best. The most honest. Greatest love!!!” Grocery Store Joe [Amabile]also shared, “prospects is an understatement.” Deandra Kanu speaks for all of us who watched, tweeting, “I don’t kiss my friends,” and “IS ANYONE HEARING THESE CONVERSATIONS!??! I’m in shock.”
Diggy Moreland tweeted, “Brendan told a woman she has selective hearing. I HOPE HE GOT LIFE INSURANCE.” Seriously – call out Brendan’s gaslighting! He also tweeted, “they talking about follower counts?!?!? Did they know they had mics on???” And Clay Harbor tweeted what everyone was thinking – “Natasha is intelligent beautiful and funny. Trust me Brendan she has prospects… I would take Natasha out yesterday.”
Okay seriously, Clay and Natasha would be adorable! And if anyone’s wondering, people are unfollowing Brendan and Pieper as we speak.
TELL US- WHAT DID YOU THINK OF BRENDAN AND PIEPER’S CONVERSATION? DOES ANYONE GO ON THE BACHELOR “FOR THE RIGHT REASONS?” WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON? NATASHA OR BRENDAN & PIEPER?
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