Kaitlyn, for instance, has been accused of breaking "girl code" with Tayshia since the women are friends and had co-hosted back-to-back seasons of The Bachelorette in 2021.
Kaitlyn was also bashed for allegedly trying to get on-camera as much as she could -- with some fans claiming she's desperate for attention -- during The Golden Bachelor couple Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist's The Golden Wedding special that aired live in early January on ABC.
"I'm a little bit disappointed. I'm going to try to not get emotional -- because I cried all day yesterday -- but it's really disappointing to me, the way that Jason's kind of leaning into the victim mentality," Kaitlyn shared on the January 4 episode of her "Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe" podcast.
"I don't want to dismiss that he's hurting. I don't want to dismiss that his feelings are valid and his feelings are hurting. But I have talked to him so openly and honestly. And I am [hurting too]. We have been so transparent with each other to have respect for one another."
Kaitlyn had hosted a New Year's Eve party at her new home in Nashville, TN, on December 31, and the Instagram account @BachelorNation.scoop posted a video of Kaitlyn and Zac looking cozy as they counted down to midnight together.
The footage sparked gossip they're currently dating -- and that Kaitlyn possibly cheated on Jason before they officially announced their split in August 2023.
And by a "brow lift," Kaitlyn clarified how she "never went under the knife" for it.
"I just got Botox to life the brows, yeah," Kaitlyn noted.
Another person commented, "Bah god [Kaitlyn]'s face is BUSTED. #TheBachelorette."
And Kaitlyn tweeted in reply, "So sick of women commenting on my face. Jesus."
While Kaitlyn has received her fair share of criticism from The Bachelor viewers, she still has many loyal fans backing her up.
One Twitter user acknowledged how it's unrealistic to expect a woman "to stay looking exactly the way she did 7 years ago," adding, "This is the reason women are so god damn hard on themselves."
A few months earlier, Kaitlyn answered a question about whether her lips are real.
"Yeah. Real expensive!" Kaitlyn quipped on Instagram, according to Us Weekly.
"Just like coloring my hair, using fun makeup, fake lashes, skincare, I also like a little filler and botoxI know I have an 'influence.' I'm not saying you should go do it. I'm saying do what you want with YOUR body."