Corinne Olympios Just Gave Her First TV Interview About the 'Bachelor in Paradise' Controversy
Corinne Olympios‘ sit-down with Chris Harrison about the Bachelor in Paradise controversy airs tonight (August 29). Ahead of this, however, she gave an interview with Good Morning America to offer a little more insight into the incident, which dominated the news cycle all summer.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Bachelor in Paradise controversy, here’s a little background info: In June, news broke production on the current season of the show was shutting down amid allegations of misconduct. It soon came to light the alleged incident involved Olympios and DeMario Jackson. According to reports, a producer was concerned Olympios was too drunk to consent to the physical activities she engaged in with Jackson, which the show caught on tape. Warner Bros. launched an investigation into the incident and concluded there was no evidence of misconduct; production resumed a few weeks later.
When BiP premiered on August 14, it promised to address this incident head on, and it has—but not always in the most tactful ways. Early promos for this season suggested the controversy would be used as some kind of marketing ploy, which was strange, to say the least. Then came the sit-down with the other cast members, which also felt off. Jackson gave his side of the story last week, and now it’s Olympios’ turn.
“I have definitely taken my time to deal with everything, heal, and I just felt laying low was really the best thing for me to do,” Olympios told GMA Tuesday morning. “So, I’m definitely doing better.”
The 24-year-old admits she doesn’t remember “much at all” from the incident, which she blames on drinking “too much” and being on a medication that “impairs” judgment. “I definitely understand that [I drank too much]. But I was also on a medication that severely blacks you out and impairs your judgment and messes with your balance,” she said. “But I didn’t know you were not supposed to drink on [it]. And so I really just caused a horrible, horrible blackout. It was like I went under anesthesia and just woke up.” (She’s since cut down on her drinking and is currently weaning off that medication.)
What happened that evening was such a mystery to Olympios that she says watching the footage was a shock. “It’s like I’m watching not me,” she said. “I’m watching someone else.”
Shortly after production shut down, Olympios released a statement claiming she was a “victim.” She cleared up what she meant by this on GMA as well. “I was a victim of, you know, just being blown into the media and having people make these crazy assumptions and judgments about what happened that day,” she said. “I was really a victim of the media. All of a sudden people became an expert on the situation and what happened, and it’s like, ‘Well, I’m still trying to figure out what happened.’ It was just horrible to deal with.”
But the personality doesn’t harbor any ill will toward Jackson—”I wish him well always,” she said—or the producers. “I would hope that if a producer, you know, saw anything that they were uncomfortable with anyone, they would do the proper investigations.” she said, “I’m super thankful.”
Olympios’ interview with Harrison will air during tonight’s episode of Bachelor in Paradise, which starts at 8 P.M. EST on ABC.
Corinne Olympios Releases Statement About Her Team’s Bachelor in Paradise Investigation