Corinne Olympios Finally Reveals What She’s a “Victim” of in ‘BIP’ Scandal (VIDEO)
Still, fans were left wondering why, if all of those mentions of “assault” and “consent” issues were without merit, Corinne called herself a “victim.”
Now, the Bachelor 2017 alum herself is finally answering that question.
Ahead of her sit-down interview with Chris Harrison, tonight, August 29, the 26-year-old spoke with Good Morning America Tuesday morning to clarify some of these questions.
This comes one week after DeMario had his moment in the hot seat with Chris, opening up about how his portrayal in the media has negatively impacted his life.
"I know who I am. I know I'm not that monster they're trying to portray on TV,” he said at the time.
He continued, “Like Michelle Obama said, 'When they go low, you go high.' It was hard to go high, but I had to do it because I train and mentor children, and I can't tell them to be something that I'm not.”
In her interview with GMA, the Miami blonde was also concerned — but for very different reasons than her castmate.
“I really don't remember much at all,” she explains of the night in question, where she and DeMario reportedly engaged in sexual acts in a hot tub.
“I remember nothing from the situation and it was just really unfortunate.”
The “multimillion-dollar business” owner shares that this blackout was caused by a combination of excessive drinking and a medication she was taking — one she chooses not to identify.
“I did drink, you know, too much. I definitely understand that, but I was also on a medication that severely blacks you out and impairs your judgment and messes with your balance," she reveals.
The reality star then notes that she was unaware that the combination would cause such a “horrible, horrible blackout,” which she says felt like she “went under anesthesia.”
Watching the footage back from the night, she says, “It's like I'm watching not me, I'm watching someone else. I was, like, in shock.”
After the incident, Corinne tells them she’s been “weaning off that medication” and has cut down on her drinking a bit.
As for the “victim” comment, she maintains that had nothing to do with DeMario, whom she has no ill will toward.
“I wish him well. There's no bad blood there. I wish him well always,” she professes.
What about the producers who filed the complaint that caused production to halt? Does she have any issues with them?
No — in fact, she says she’s “super thankful” for their actions.
“I would hope that if a producer saw anything that was uncomfortable with with anyone [that] they would do the proper investigations to make sure that everybody is safe,” she states.
So wait, who does she feel victimized by?
Much like the rest of the BIP cast and crew, Corinne is throwing blame solely at the press coverage of the scandal.
“[I am a] victim of the media,” she claims.
“All of a sudden people became an expert on the situation and what happened. I'm still trying to figure out what happened. It was just horrible to deal with.”
She adds, “It got really, really bad. I mean, it got a lot better, but the things people say is just insane.”
Luckily, time has helped to heal these wounds, as she details, “I have definitely taken my time to, you know, deal with everything, heal. I just felt laying low was really the best thing for me to do. So, I'm definitely doing better.”
Also, since breaking up with boyfriend Jordan Gielchinsky, who supported her through the drama (she’s “seeing someone” new, she said recently), she’s turned mostly to her mom.
“[I’ve just been] being there for her whenever she needed me. And I’ve been here — It’ll be 12 weeks next week. So three months. It’s good,” Peri Olympios tells Us Weekly.
Peri concludes, “There are times you need your parents and you need your family. And her sister was there and her dad was there and that makes all the difference to get through this.”
Tune in for more from Corinne tonight!
Bachelor in Paradise airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.