‘We’re not e FAKE BITCHES’
The ‘snakes’ of the mansion speak their minds on Shannon, Britt, Soph and Brooke!
They’ve been called snakes, villains and even bullies, but The Bachelor “mean girls” Alisha AitkenRadburn, Cat Henesy and Romy Poulier – aka The Tripod, as they’ve branded themselves – tell NW they’re just keeping it real. “If you wanna call me the villain, then sure, I’ll own it,” rages jewellery designer Cat, 24. “I’m outspoken and tell things how they are – I don’t think that’s a crime. I’d rather be doing it openly in the house than doing it off camera and behind closed doors, which is what everyone else is doing.” Yep, in a candid chat with NW, the drama queens reveal what really goes on when the
Putting on a performance
Political advisor Alisha, 25, reckons the blow-up between the Tripod and Shannon Baff, 25, and Blair Thomas, 27, during last week’s cocktail party was basically a stitch-up by Shannon – and something that should have been discussed off camera.
“I think Shannon was really calculated in the way she attacked Cat – she knows it’s televised and she knows that by essentially humiliating Cat, she’ll create a juxtaposition in which she’s going to be the angel and Cat’s the devil... and she’s thinking, ‘Yeah, that plays out well for me.’”
In fact, the girls believe there’s another side to Shannon we’ve yet to see!
“She does a very good job at portraying herself as a sweet, innocent girl who wants to spread love – but give her a couple of vinos and she turns into a gremlin!” says actress and photoshoot director Romy. “She’s a hot mess!”
Romy, 29, claims that once Shannon questioned Nick’s motives for being on the show after a few drinks on a group date. “She goes to Nick, ‘You’re just doing it for the big bucks, aren’t ya? They pay you – you’re just doing it for the big bucks!” Romy alleges. “They did
a really good edit cameras are off – and they spill on who’s real and who’s fake!
on her and I get annoyed because she was throwing burgers at us and swearing at us!”
Alisha believes many of the Bachelorettes were smart enough to research how to get a good edit on the show.
“I feel like a lot of the girls watched Unreal and noted down the ‘wifey’ concept,” she says. “They’ve gone in and studied previous seasons and thought, ‘Well if I don’t talk about anything on camera, then I’ll be right as rain. Then I can humiliate these other girls and get them pigeonholed as the villains, which will suit me well.”
Bringing down Brooke
It’s not just Alisha, Cat and Romy copping the heat – the girls say beloved Brooke Blurton, 23, has been targeted by their fellow Bachelorettes.
“Brittany [Hockley] and Sophie [Tieman] were sassy, opinionated and whispering all the time,” says Romy. “We overheard quite a lot of the comments and I think that they realised Brooke was big competition and between them, they definitely had an opinion about it. I love Brooke, she’s a legend, so I think it was a jealousy thing.”
Jealousy, indeed, as Cat says she believes Brooke is the most compatible for Nick!
“I think girls find Brooke as a threat and they just obviously can see she is a front runner,” she admits. “There is clearly chemistry between them.”
Copping the heat
While the trio are fine to own up to the “villain” tag, the one thing they’re not coping with is the online bullying as a result.
Brissie resident Romy has been inundated with hate following her neck nuzzle with Nick on their single date early on.
“I understand how the audience saw aggression in that kiss, but it wasn’t like that. They only saw a short amount of our date and they were very quick to judge that I was forceful. They didn’t see the whole thing, and slutshaming someone because of an action on a reality TV show was quite hurtful,” she admits, claiming the worst thing someone has messaged her is, “Go slit your wrists,” and, “My parents should be ashamed of me.”
When asked whether she believes Nick should speak out in her defence, Romy laughs.
“I don’t think he would be bothered,” she says.
Not that they seem worried about Nick’s thoughts! In fact, Cat suggests she’s not even attracted to the Bachelor.
“It is more of a prawn situation,” she harshly declares.
“I am serious! It is more of a good body... but anything [from the] shoulder up is debatable.”
Cat insists that while she and her gang are guilty of saying things that ruffle feathers, they shouldn’t be singled out.
“Britt and Sophie wouldn’t do anything on camera, but they’d put up a sheet around their bed and be whispering and talking about everyone,” spills Cat. “It’s all well and good people trolling me and calling me a bully, but I’m honest – sue me!”
Alisha is fast to backup Cat’s claims that they’re not alone in the catty behaviour.
“I felt like a lot of the girls would say bitchy things behind people’s backs. People would find out and someone like myself, Cat or Romy would hold them accountable for it and they would all of a sudden be like this wallflower who didn’t want to discuss it because they want to keep this facade of, like, ‘I’m this perfect angel baby.’”
Who was most guilt of putting on this “angel baby routine”?
“Britt and Shannon – those are your two,” Alisha says. “Brittany gets in Romy’s face about being an actress when she herself has a Star Now profile and has a bloody Getaway show reel on Youtube – it’s those double standards that get to me.”
Road to fame
With the Bachelorettes hard at work protecting their images now that future chances at on-screen romance hang in the air with Bachelor In Paradise and The Bachelorette, Alisha has one suggestion. “I can’t wait for a villain Bachelorette,” she laughs. “If Nick doesn’t pick us, then maybe there could be three of us – Lish, Cat and Romy trying to find love together!” ■
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