UPDATE: January 28, 2021—Matt James has responded to his friends body-shaming Victoria from The Bachelor. He told The Real, “It’s just a constant reminder that you need to be smart about the people you surround yourself with. And those moments when you’re in sports and people are trying to say things to you to throw things off your game, it’s sad that someone would think saying something like that about a woman that I was dating would deter me from what I was trying to do.”
He continued, “I said something to him off-camera about it. Something along the lines of, ‘Victoria wouldn't have given him a second look’…. It’s always the pot calling the kettle black. Who is he to comment on someone’s body? It’s such a low blow for any man to try and take a dig at something like that.”
James added, “That’s not my character and that’s not what I’m about. It’s a shame that that’s even associated with what was going on. I apologize on his behalf. I don’t know if you’ll get it from him, but that’s not something I support or stand for.”
Watch his full response in the video, below:
Here’s what happened: A Bachelor Nation Instagram account posted this video of James’s friends apparently knocking Larson as they play a round of golf. “Matt’s friend/caddy tries to get in his head by throwing shade at Victoria, while everyone laughs 😕,” the post’s caption reads. “Not a fan of Victoria’s behavior this season but no women deserves to have their looks disrespected like this.”
Damn straight. And Larson realizes this more than anyone. First she posted (then deleted) a fire pic of herself in a bikini with the caption, “Tell me again how my body doesn’t look good?”
She then reposted (and kept up) the same pics with the caption, “Y’all r too much."
Shut. Them. Down. Spoken like a true, well, queen.
Victoria Larson spilled the Bachelor tea you’ve been wanting during an appearance on Good Morning America January 26. She addressed all the people who think she’s been bullying contestants this season by saying, “[The women] knew me and knew my heart and knew that I really never have ill intent. So I think they viewed it differently, just because they know me.”
She continued, “If my words or actions hurt anyone, like, I sincerely apologize and I’ll do better and hold myself accountable. I’m not a bully. I’m really not.” Some fans, however, aren’t quite ready to let her off the hook:
That being said, the hate is definitely going too far. “I anticipated being well-received, so to get the bullying messages and the hate mail and the death threats, I wasn’t really prepared for that at all,” Larson told GMA. “A hundred percent, it was shocking.” Watch her full interview here.
Originally Appeared on Glamour