Hannah Brown’s Instagram captions as of late have been #nofilter in the best way possible.
On Sunday, the former Bachelorette posted a picture, which was taken by Kris Armstrong, on Instagram that showed her dancing and smiling on the beach. She captioned it, “this is the energy I’m channeling this week: stay weird. choose joy. shine girl shine.”
While many people chimed in with positive comments, one user appeared concerned about the reality of it all. They wrote, “hope you’re TRULY happy and not pretending for IG.”
The same user wrote in another comment, “anyone who is truly super happy wouldn’t be displaying it on IG this much. Unless she has a business arrangement with the amount of posts.”
Hannah took it upon herself to clarify her own feelings. “I’m not pretending for instagram,” she replied. “That doesn’t help me or others. I didn’t even say I was necessarily happy—I have happy moments and find joy in those.”
Her response aligns with candid captions she’s posted recently.
On August 13, Hannah posted a picture of herself sitting on a lifeguard stand at the beach and wrote about how she’s been “struggling” recently. She talked about how she’s been through a slew of major events and life transformations over the past year, including being “a pageant queen, a bachelor contestant, and the Bachelorette.”
She wrote, “I’ve been in love with multiple people, I got engaged, I broke off an engagement, and I shared it all with millions of people. My faith has been questioned by thousands who don’t know my heart, and my transparency with my decisions has labeled me promiscuous.”
Hannah also wrote about living on her own for the first time and how she’s coping with that. “I miss my friends and family who have watched my life explode. I feel guilty because I don’t have the time or emotional capacity to fill each of them in on my life right now,” she admitted. “I can’t keep up with the people who matter most, because I can barely keep up with my own life right now.”
The 24-year-old stayed true to herself throughout her time on “The Bachelorette,” and these sincere and vulnerable words echo that trait. She continued, “I have so many blessings to be thankful for. However it’s uncharted territory for me, and it’s been hard to really process what the heck is going on.”
Hannah’s personal growth from the beginning of the season to now has been evident. She addressed the ups and downs of her time on the show in yet another Instagram post right after the finale.
Hannah’s season did not wrap up the way she had hoped it would.
In the end, however, she said she is “falling more in love with the woman I am,” and that’s what matters the most.