During her interview with co-hosts Joe Amabile and Natasha Parker, the standout contestant shared how she is acclimating to life in the public eye.
“One of the neat things about the show is you do get a platform,” said Bri, who has amassed an Instagram following of 278,000 and counting since her time on the show.
“I was the last contestant of my season to go public on Instagram,” she continued. “And that was because I wanted to live as much normalcy in my life as I possibly could before I got slingshot into this Bachelor world, this world where everyone is watching everything that you do.”
Though the transition has felt uneasy at times for Bri — who once considered herself a “very private person” — she is looking forward to using her voice for causes close to her heart.
“And now I do have a platform and I feel like that’s something that not a lot of people can take advantage of. And I want to take advantage of it,” she explained. “I want to use my voice, specifically for women — for young women, for Black women, for women of color who don’t have a voice. So, I’m going to try to take advantage of it and do that.”
Still, the stunning California native is trying to find a “balance” between leaning into her new celebrity status and keeping parts of her personal life to herself.
“It’s weird for me. I think this is the one thing with the show that I will struggle with most and — I’ll come out and say this, too — I worked at a social media company prior to the show and I was on social media the least,” she said. “I have a lot of boundaries when it comes to social media so, right now, I’m trying to figure out how to balance sharing so much about my life and not sharing so much about my life.”
Bri added, “I never shared anything. I just kind of used it all for consumption. But now I’m having to get used to sharing my life because people are curious and that’s odd to me. If I have a platform to share my thoughts and the thoughts of other people, then I want to do that.”
Elsewhere, Joe and Natasha asked Bri if she got her job back after Matt sent her home following the Fantasy Suite date. (Matt ultimately chose finalist Rachael Kirkconnell but revealed during the “After the Final Rose” special that they broke up due to her past racially insensitive social media activity, which she has apologized for.)
As viewers will recall, Bri was forced to leave her communications manager position while filming “The Bachelor” at Pennsylvania’s Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in the fall of 2020.
“Everyone wants to know if I got my job back and I will tell you I did not get my job back. I am currently polishing up my résumé,” she said. “I stay in very close contact with all my old co-workers, my manager, and that door is definitely still there for me.”
Bri noted that she said yes to appearing on “The Bachelor” completely aware that she would potentially have to say goodbye to what she described to Matt as her “dream job.”
“What I do want to make clear is I’m very intentional about everything that I do. So before going on the show, I knew there was a possibility that I would have to quit my job. I wouldn’t have gone on the show if I didn’t have a savings, if I didn’t have support or a safety net to fall back on,” she said. “But I am good right now. I’m open to taking on new opportunities and see where life takes me after the show. And I needed a break from my role. I really needed a break, so I’ve been enjoying that right now.”
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