Why Kit Keenan Wishes She Had 'More Compassion' for Others While Filming 'The Bachelor' Season 25
Kit Keenan stopped by “Bachelor Happy Hour” to chat with co-hosts Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin about her experience competing for Matt James’ heart on Season 25 of “The Bachelor.”
During her interview, the 22-year-old fashion entrepreneur admitted that she wishes she had “more compassion” for her fellow contestants while filming at Farmington, Pennsylvania’s Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in the fall of 2020.
“After seeing how I react to frustrating situations, I reflected and I thought to myself, ‘Wow, I should have more compassion right off the bat,’” said Kit, who described herself as a “very cold person, emotionally.”
Kit then acknowledged her reaction to the polarizing departure of Sarah Trott, who exited the show during Week 3 due to discord with the women and the pain of missing her terminally ill father, who is battling ALS. As viewers will recall, Sarah found herself on the receiving end of cruel comments from her castmates, who were unaware that her dad was sick.
“I have apologized in the Sarah situation, specifically, because I think she had compounding factors that were affecting her time there and I didn’t know that,” Kit said. “And I wish I could have been there for her and she could’ve been able to open up to me about that stuff because it’s so hard.”
She continued, “We’re all going through this very difficult, very emotionally taxing experience together. I made amazing friends through it. There is opportunity to build those relationships with other women there, too.”
However, Kit said that she doesn’t agree with some of the online criticism she’s faced on social media for her bold approach to confronting drama.
“I also think that a lot of the criticism that I have gotten is very gendered and I don’t like that. I think if a man had said some of the more aggressive things that I said onscreen, he would be applauded for standing up for himself,” she explained. “And because I’m a woman and women are supposed to turn the other cheek and be compassionate and vulnerable, it’s harder for people to see that.”
Kit went on to say that her mother, the renowned fashion designer Cynthia Rowley, taught her to always speak her mind — especially in uncomfortable situations.
“I grew up with a role model who never took no for an answer and built her empire off of that. And, so, when I feel as though I am not being respected, I am going to say something,” the style scion said, although she confessed that her delivery could be “less aggressive.”
Listen to Kit’s entire “Bachelor Happy Hour” interview below.
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