Appearing on the brilliant Shameless podcast, Abbie Chatfield has opened up about her tumultuous time on The Bachelor, revealing she had an abortion just months before going on the show.
Abbie copped flack for just about everything during her stint on Bachie – about her age, about her sexuality, about Bachelor in Paradise, and especially about marriage and children.
“When Laura and Snez came, the producer asked me if I was wondering what it was like to be pregnant or something – it was just a general, ‘Isn’t it nice to see Snez and Laura pregnant, wouldn’t it be nice to be pregnant with someone you love?’ And because I had an abortion last year, I was just sobbing.”
Abbie told Matt about her abortion after their moving date, when the conversation about marriage and kids was brought up once again.
“I was so sick of having to justify why I haven’t been so screaming-from-the-rooftops-I-want-kids with these women in the house,” she shared. “Why I was a bit hesitant to say I want children is because I’ve had an abortion a year ago and I think at that time, I felt very guilty for saying that I wanted kids because I aborted one in March last year.
“Once I said that to him, I whispered that to him, and his producer didn’t hear me and said ‘Abbie you’re going to have to say it out loud’ and so I turned around and looked dead in the camera and said ‘I had a fucking abortion last year.’”
At the time, Abbie said she begged producers not to include her abortion in the series because she didn’t want the public to know. But since appearing on The Bachelor, Abbie said she has grown so much as a person, and wanted to share her story with women across the country to break down the stigma surrounding abortions.
“The Bachelor is just these perfect women on this perfect show and you fall in love and it’s happy and great and and it’s easy stuff, but it’s not easy and I just want people to know that a lot of women have abortions and whether or not you know they have abortions or not, it’s okay.
“I just don’t want people to be shamed for that or feel eternal shame. And maybe someone who’s kind of in the public eye saying they’ve had an abortion and saying that it’s okay will help them.”
You can listen to Abbie’s full interview on Shameless, right HERE.