Merissa Pence: 'The Bachelor's Victoria Fuller broke up four marriages in our hometown!
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/18/2020
Merissa Pence warned The Bachelor star Peter Weber that Victoria Fuller has allegedly broken up relationships on Monday night's episode, and now Merissa has revealed Victoria F. has allegedly ruined a whopping four marriages!
Merissa, who casually dated Peter for five months in 2012 and lives in the same Virginia Beach area as Victoria, recently told Us Weekly that Victoria is putting on an act on The Bachelor and is a "self-centered" woman who actually craves attention and thinks the world revolves around her.
Merissa therefore felt the need to crash Peter's date during Victoria's hometown visit to warn The Bachelor star about her alleged character flaws -- which allegedly include having affairs with married men.
"I knew who Victoria was, as far as her reputation, but I honestly didn't know that she had done as much damage as she had done to our hometown," Merissa toldUs after Monday night's The Bachelor episode aired.
Merissa claimed Victoria has broken up four marriages, adding, "It kind of started becoming a trend... I felt like she was a little more entitled or felt that way at least. And so just leading up to that, I felt like, all these people out here aren't going to say anything?"
Merissa revealed she and Peter talked for about seven minutes after the Hunter Hayes concert, when Peter had probably assumed he just ironically bumped into his ex.
During their chat, Merissa reportedly told Peter that Victoria had ruined four marriages and the pilot "was definitely upset." However, Peter allegedly told Merissa he trusted her when they parted ways.
"Everybody could kind of tell the mood shifted," Merissa said.
Although Merissa is already taking some heat for her The Bachelor appearance, she told Us that she's very pleased with herself for standing up for what she believes is right.
Merissa claimed many women who had been hurt by Victoria in the past didn't feel comfortable going on the show but she "didn't have anything to lose" by speaking up, according to the magazine.
"One of the other wives actually confronted me when I was at a bar in Virginia Beach and I didn't know that that's who she was until after the fact. And she was like, 'I just want to thank you so much. You took on a huge burden that a lot of us couldn't take on because of other reasons,'" Merissa explained.
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"It's definitely been crazy. I definitely lost friends because everybody hopped on the fame train, which is fine. They'll figure it out one way or another."
But Merissa said she luckily only received two hate-mail messages from people from her hometown that took Victoria's side -- and everyone else allegedly told her, "Thank you for doing that."
"I had a totally different stance than everybody because I knew Peter, I know his family and I know what type of person he is," Merissa elaborated.
"So I just felt like, if anyone were to say something, I felt like he probably would listen to me vs. some random girl."
Merissa, however, revealed it wasn't exactly easy for her to get on The Bachelor's 24th season and cause a stir.
Once the series began filming, Merissa said she briefly spoke with The Bachelor producers and shared the information she had about Victoria, but there didn't seem to be much interest in pursuing the issue.
Then, the Sunday before Victoria's hometown date filmed, producers reportedly reached out and said they'd like to "have a conversation" about her possibly appearing on the show.
"I talked to them for about an hour. They said they'd call me back," Merissa shared with the magazine.
"They didn't call me back until about 9:30PM and they were like, 'Hey, we don't feel like we've vetted the situation enough to bring you on the show.' I was like, 'Oh, that's a bummer, but I wish him the best and I totally understand.' So I was kind of just like mulling over how I could still make it work."
Producers apparently had a change of heart when Merissa called a producer the next day, asking if she could watch filming and "maybe talk to Peter" after the date.
The producer reportedly obliged and texted Merissa 30 minutes before she should arrive.
"I ended up going, I signed paperwork just like everybody else. I wasn't mic'd up or anything," Merissa said, adding that she watched production and then called out to Peter to talk.
"I noticed that Peter and Victoria were separated and so I was like, 'Okay, well I guess if I'm going to do something, I need to do it now,' because I knew going into it, I had prepped myself to not use slander words, like, I'm only going to be forthcoming if it's invitational."
Merissa previously told the magazine she had become friends with Victoria about three years ago.
"Our first encounter was that she told me she was going to slash my tires because I was hanging out with one of her ex-boyfriends," Merissa recalled.
Merissa clearly wasn't a fan of Victoria right off the bat, but the girls were allegedly forced to hang out with each other again since they ran in the same social circle.
"Virginia Beach is a pretty small town. As time went on, I became friends with a girl who was best friends with Victoria. And so we all kind of started hanging out and it just became more of like a forced friendship," Merissa explained.
"...But we went out one night for our friend Audrey's birthday and it turned into the Victoria Fuller Show because it was three weeks out that she was about to leave for The Bachelor and she just became a very self-centered person... and she was just acting crazy, just wanting all the attention and it was very distasteful."
Fame allegedly went to Victoria's head quickly, even before she actually began dating Peter and filming the show.
"She's like, 'Do you know who I am?' And I was just like, 'Where is this coming from?' So that just really rubbed me the wrong way... She's crazy. She literally has no respect for anybody around her, and I just don't want to be associated with that," Merissa alleged.
Merissa said she's especially annoyed Victoria portrayed herself to be a shy woman who's never the most outgoing girl in a room on the show.
Victoria acted quiet and meek when getting to know Peter and claimed she had trouble standing out in a crowd and getting his attention. Victoria complained the process was very challenging for her, but Peter promised the bachelorette he found her vulnerability and insecurities real and endearing.
"She just thinks that the world revolves around her and she's the hottest thing that's ever hit this planet," Merissa insisted of the medical sales representative.
"And actually the most disturbing thing so far of all of this was the lingerie episode that she just acted like she was this coy person. The people in Virginia Beach are even seeing that that's not you at all. You're always the one in the bar wanting attention."
Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone previously reported Victoria had several affairs with the husbands of her own friends, but he wasn't able to disclose an exact number.
During Monday night's The Bachelor episode, Peter and Victoria fought about Merissa's allegations outside of the home in which Peter was going to meet the bachelorette's entire family.
Things quickly spun out of control and so Peter left Victoria standing outside, bawling her eyes out. He felt like Victoria was giving up on their relationship just because they were having a disagreement.
The next day, however, Victoria paid Peter a visit to his hotel room and asked for a second chance because she allegedly really cared for and was falling in love with him.
As a result, Peter decided to give Victoria a rose at the Rose Ceremony filmed in Los Angeles, CA, following hometown dates. Peter eliminatedKelsey Weier instead and decided to bring Victoria, Madison Prewett and Hannah Ann Sluss to the Fantasy Suite date round in Australia.