Standing by their girl! Kaitlyn Bristowe faced backlash this week after the wild new teaser for season 11 of The Bachelorette showed her admitting to having sex with a suitor, but the star's fellow members of Bachelor Nation are defending her choice.
Us Weekly caught up with several Bachelor alums on Wednesday, May 20, at the Lifetime and Us Weekly-hosted premiere party for UnReal in Beverly Hills, where former members of the show said Bristowe's bedroom activities shouldn't be considered taboo.
"Minus maybe Sean and maybe another Bachelor or two, I think they all have sex," AshLee Frazier, who competed on Sean Lowe's 17th season of The Bachelor, told Us exclusively. "They don't [talk about it], and I don't know why. I saw not too long ago with Bob Guiney, and he was a playboy out of all of them. I don't know why they don't talk about it. I mean, people have sex. It's a natural thing. Why is it so faux pas? I don't know."
Frazier acknowledged the heat Bristowe is facing, as some viewers took issue with her choice to sleep with a contestant on the show before the fantasy suite, while others called out ABC for seemingly slut-shaming the 29-year-old dancer in the promo.
"That's unfortunate," Frazier said of those criticizing Bristowe. "Yeah, I don't think that's fair."
Courtney Robertson, who famously had a steamy ocean tryst with Bachelor Ben Flajnik on 2012's 16th season, had a similar take.
"For me personally, I’m like, you go girl!" Robertson said of Bristowe and her sexual activities. "If I was dating somebody for two months and might get engaged to him and you are in the moment… I talk about living in the moment and it’s kind of hard to do that during the show. You have a film crew and producers all watching you, so I give it to her for going after it and indulging a little bit."
Famed Bachelor alum Erica Rose, who competed on the ninth season of the show with Lorenzo Borghese and went on to appear on multiple spin-offs, also chimed in to Us Weekly exclusively.
"That's one way the shows definitely changed… When I was on it, no one even talked about [sex] and now they do and it's just becoming a lot more open," she spilled. "It's good that they talk about it. In real life, people have sex all the time, and it should be talked about."
"I think people just shouldn't be such prudes, honestly," Rose added. "People have sex before they're married. Like, everyone does it."
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