We stated it as soon as and we’ll say it once more — the satan works laborious, however The Bachelor producers work more durable. After all of the drama between Hannah Brown and Caelynn Miller-Keyes on Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor, the ABC actuality collection forged 5 former pageant queens — Kelsey Weier, Alayah Benavidez, Victoria Paul, Hannah Ann Sluss, and Maurissa Gunn — on Peter Weber’s season.
Given the small group inside the pageant world, it was all the time a chance for a contestant to have a historical past with one other fellow castmate, pre-Bachelor. And now, with all of the drama rising between Victoria P. and Alayah, some followers are evaluating the rift with what occurred to Brown and Miller-Keyes.
How do Victoria P. and Alayah know one another?
In the Jan. 27 episode of The Bachelor, Alayah’s character was known as into query after Sydney Hightower warned Weber about Alayah’s conduct. Sydney known as Alayah “fake” and alleged the previous Miss Texas USA acted in a different way in entrance of the cameras.
Throughout the rest of the episode, Weber requested ladies about Alayah and some ladies expressed their very own issues. However, the bachelor wasn’t 100 % satisfied, nonetheless giving Alayah the good thing about the doubt, till he spoke with Victoria P., who revealed she knew Alayah due to their pageant previous.
“I shared with you that I was Miss Louisiana. And so I did know Alayah a little bit before going into this,” Victoria P. advised Weber. “I probably had spent, maybe, like collectively three hours with her, even at Miss USA. And it’s difficult for me to be in this position. But I do know that she asked that I not tell producers that we knew one another.”
She continued: “I didn’t really understand why because I was like, ‘Let’s not. I can’t lie, I don’t wanna lie.’ I didn’t think of it much then. But looking back now, I’m like, ‘Well, she did ask me to lie.’ And that’s not who I am.”
Then Victoria P. dropped the bomb. “[Alayah] was really open to all the opportunities that come after this, even if you aren’t her husband,” Victoria P. stated. “So maybe she’s not the one for you.”
Were Victoria P. and Alayah mates earlier than Peter Weber’s season of ‘The Bachelor’?
Following the dialog, Weber confronted Alayah about asking Victoria P. to mislead producers about their relationship earlier than The Bachelor. And though Victoria P. stated she barely knew her Alayah, the previous Miss Texas USA defined she was mates with Victoria P.
“Victoria and I are friends outside of this. Victoria P. and I know each other very well outside of this environment,” Alayah stated. “Before getting here, my biggest fear is that I would get disqualified and she would get disqualified because we knew the other person was coming. I didn’t want that for her, I didn’t want that for me. And I was very scared for both of us that was gonna be an issue.”
Weber then famous his disappointment, hinting Alayah’s actions didn’t “look genuine” from his perspective. “From everything I’ve seen from Victoria so far, she just seems like she’d have no reason to lie,” Weber stated. “And hearing that you were trying to cover it up, that you guys knew each other…”
Then Alayah interrupted Weber, clarifying she didn’t ask Victoria P. to lie about their historical past beforehand. Rather, Alayah was nervous about being disqualified for discussing their Bachelor casting earlier than limo night time — which usually stays unknown beforehand.
“No, I’m not attempting to cowl up that we know one another,” Alayah stated. “That’s not at all it. I didn’t want us to not be able to be here because we knew the other person was doing it.”
Fans react to Victoria P. and Alayah’s pageant drama on ‘The Bachelor’
It seems Alayah’s clarification in regards to the Victoria P. wasn’t sufficient to persuade Weber — or Bachelor Nation followers. At the top of the episode, Weber eradicated Alayah, sending her residence. Many viewers additionally introduced up the feud between Miller-Keyes and Brown in Underwood’s season as a purpose to discredit Alayah’s claims.
“Alayah was nervous her and Victoria P would get kicked off the present for understanding one another when Colton’s season had an entire story line round Hannah B and Caelynn,” a fan wrote with a confused GIF of Miss J. Alexander.
Other followers in contrast Victoria P. and Alayah’s state of affairs with Miller-Keyes and Brown — however in a distinct gentle. And as an alternative, they put the blame on the producers.
“Alayah had a valid concern,” one fan wrote on Twitter. “It wouldn’t be the first time producers tried to stir up drama between two pageant girls, remember Caelynn and Hannah B on Colton’s season??”
For these of you who could not bear in mind, Miller-Keyes and Brown competed within the Miss USA 2018 pageant. They have been mates at one level however had a falling out. The ladies then appeared on Underwood’s season. And as a result, Miller-Keyes and Brown advised their bachelor the opposite celebration wasn’t there for the fitting causes.
Now, historical past is repeating itself with Victoria P. and Alayah — type of. Miller-Keyes and Brown had damaging emotions in the direction of each other coming into Underwood’s season. On the opposite hand, Victoria P. and Alayah’s state of affairs seems much less private.
That stated, followers are nonetheless seeing loads of “she said, she said” that finally stems from their pageant previous and friendship. Regardless, everybody will simply have to attend and see how this all performs out, particularly with Alayah’s return within the Jan. 27 episode. So keep tuned.
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