Former ‘Bachelor’ contestant faces backlash over ‘unbelievable’ travel decision: ‘I am proud of myself’

Dillon Thompson

A reality TV star is facing a wave of online controversy after crossing state lines for what some social media users called an “unbelievable” reason.

Amanda Stanton, who appeared on the 20th season of “The Bachelor” and multiple seasons of “Bachelor in Paradise,” shared in a May 18 Instagram post that she drove to another state for a hair appointment.

The 30-year-old lives in Los Angeles, where salons are still closed due to the city’s strict stay-at-home order. However, her appointment was scheduled at a beauty parlor in Arizona, according to a now-expired post on her Instagram Stories.

“Drove very very far to get my hair done & may have peed on the side of a dirt road because I’m scared to use public restrooms,” Stanton wrote, according to Page Six.

The decision to drive hours away and violate her city’s quarantine guidelines enraged several of Stanton’s 1.2 million Instagram followers, so much so that she briefly disabled comments on a post revealing her new hairdo, according to Insider.


“Wow you drove all the way to Arizona to get your hair done, I have no words,” one commenter wrote. “I guess your hair is more important than the safety of others.”

Stanton held her ground on the decision though, responding to the backlash with another post on her Instagram Stories.

“I’ve been very strict with staying home since 3/14. I haven’t even gone to the grocery store,” she wrote, according to Page Six. “I hadn’t had my hair done since January and my hairstylist who I’ve been doing to for years JUST opened her salon. I thought I’d rather when she JUST opened than later when more people had been there.”

Stanton added that she and her 8-year-old daughter, who joined her on the trip to Arizona, had both tested negative for COVID-19 and now plan to continue quarantining back in Los Angeles.

“I’m confident that I’ve been making responsible choices during this time and am proud of myself!” she concluded.

While interstate travel is not illegal at the moment, several states require their residents to self-quarantine after returning home, according to USA Today. Additionally, the CDC has issued a set of recommended guidelines for those traveling domestically during the health crisis.

Stanton isn’t the only “Bachelor” alum to stir controversy in recent weeks. Following a social media video of her saying the N-word, “Bachelorette” star Hannah Brown apologized to fans on Instagram.

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