Abbie Chatfield has opened up about the struggles of dating as a celebrity, revealing she has been banned on all the available dating apps.
Speaking on the Back To Reality podcast hosted by Love Island’s Al Perkins and Taku Chimwaza, The Bachelor alum said she has had trouble finding love since leaving the show that launched her to fame.
“The biggest change is dating, it’s an absolute nightmare, I am banned from all the dating apps because people report me as being fake so I can’t use dating apps,” she shared on the podcast.
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Her only other alternative is Raya, a self-described “private, membership-based, social network application” that requires users to fill out an application and have references from people already on the app, making it popular with celebrities.
But Chatfield says that avenue is also futile, since the app “hasn’t accepted” her.
“I have references and I have f—ed half the people on Raya, but they are anti-me,” she claims.
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Striking out with dating apps, arguably the easiest way to find love, the 27-year-old revealed she has been reduced to tears over the topic, especially considering her celebrity status.
“Dating is really hard, I actually cried about this before,” she said.
“My options are either dating someone who is not in media at all, a normal person, and they have to make the decision with being okay being in my world, being written about, being speculated about, and being seen with me and getting photos taken publicly.
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“And that’s not fun for them, they get the worse parts about this without the fun parts.”
The podcast host also spoke about the pitfalls of dating someone in the media, sharing her past experiences with it.
“Or [I could date] someone who is in the public eye and we cannot leave the house,” she said, recalling, “I was seeing someone and he was very much in the public eye and I went to his house and I said to him.. ‘You know, we have never left the house’.
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“We couldn’t even go to the grocery store, it wasn’t worth the stress because if we were seen together we would have to say what we are and it’s exhausting.”
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