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Corinne Olympios on 'Bachelor in Paradise' scandal: A lot of therapy has helped, I'm ready to share my side of story


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/28/2017 

Corinne Olympios is opening up about what the last two months have been like for her amid the Bachelor in Paradise scandal, as she has remained pretty tight-lipped compared to DeMario Jackson.

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"[I felt] like the media was trying to paint me a certain way and everyone thought they knew what happened," Corinne told Us Weekly. "It's going to be really great finally being able to tell my side of things, through my eyes."

Corinne will be shown sitting down with Chris Harrison for a tell-all interview during the Tuesday, August 29 episode of Bachelor in Paradise's fourth season. Last week, DeMario shared his view on the whole situation with the franchise host.

"Chris Harrison has always been a really good friend of mine. He's great," Corinne said, adding that she felt comfortable to tape the interview with him for the show.

"I'm really happy [the interview] was with Chris because Chris is a good friend of mine. So I'd rather [do the] interview with him than anyone else."

Corinne and DeMario were at the center of scandal this summer when Bachelor in Paradise temporarily shut down production on Season 4 in June after a producer filed an allegation of misconduct in regards their sexual encounter on the first day of filming.

"I've had many different experiences with The Bachelor. All positive, all good. There was a setback, but everything really just comes from me and how I'm feeling," Corinne, who competed on Nick Viall's season of The Bachelor before appearing on Paradise, told Us.

While Warner Bros. was conducting an investigation into the events that transpired at Playa Escondida in Mexico, Corinne called herself a traumatized "victim" who had blacked out at the time of the incident through a press statement, which prompted speculation DeMario had sexually assaulted Corinne when she was too intoxicated to provide consent.

DeMario, however, argued at the time his character was being "assassinated" with "false claims and malicious allegations," and he was desperate for ABC to show the tape of their hookup to prove his innocence.

"[I've been doing] a lot of yoga, a lot of therapy, just family time," Corinne said when asked how she's dealt with months of rumors, accusations and even slut-shaming.

The blonde beauty from Miami, FL, also added that her family was her biggest support system because they're "really close."

Warner Bros. ultimately determined there was no evidence of wrongdoing or misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise, so filming resumed after about 10 days and DeMario's name was cleared

When news of the scandal circulated in the press, many bachelors and bachelorettes from the series -- including Corinne's good friends Raven Gates and Jasmine Goode -- defended DeMario, saying that Corinne was absolutely not a victim and, as an adult who parties hard and tends to behave wildly, should be held accountable for her own actions.

"I'm really close with everybody. Obviously, everybody had their own opinions on things and everyone was just waiting for things to unfold. Thankfully, everything's good with all my friends," Corinne revealed. "I have no problem with Bachelor Nation. I love Bachelor Nation. I am Bachelor Nation."

Going forward, Corinne told the magazine she is just going to try to be the best version of herself. 

"I always try to just [be] the best I can be, the best Corinne I can be, I guess. And I really just follow my heart. I don't really let anything else get in the way," she said.


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