POPSUGAR Australia: You were labelled as the mean girls of the house. How is it watching the show now, do you think that perhaps you were a little nasty towards some of the girls?
Cat: Its very different! Obviously it's not all sides of the story that you guys are seeing so there are other things that were happening behind closed doors, but I mean, I still have a laugh when I watch it. I guess it's just when the show finishes and the trolls come out and you're getting a hundred DM's telling you to kill yourself and your ugly, that's the hard part of it. If not for that I think I'd be sweet.
Alisha: I think it's hard because I really enjoyed my experience on the show. They are memories I will treasure forever. I got to meet all these great women and I loved the crew and production so I think it's just a bit of a shock to the system. But yeah, there are some brutal comments. There are some things that jar you but I think a lot of that has to do with the editing process.
Romy: Some of the girls wouldn't even be mic'd a lot of the time – we were always mic'd and look, we knew our roles, we knew what was going on. We would have our opinion on camera but the majority of girls were quite happy to have an opinion when the cameras weren't there. Put a camera in their face [and they don't say a thing]. But that's not what we turned up for. We all filled out the paperwork, we all know what The Bachelor entails. Twenty-five women pitted against each other fighting for a bloody man, I mean come on! Of course there's going to be drama and there were some comments that were made and sometimes they were taken out of context but that's the hardest part to watch when you think argh, I didn't mean it like that or if only they saw this side of it.
Cat: You've also got to understand that we were thrown into a house with twenty-five women, cut off from friends, family and social media - it's a psychology test in itself and you're not going to get along with everyone. Emotions are heightened and you're all fighting for this one guy.
PS: What really went down with Tenille to make her flee?
Romy: In real life, if a girl went around and said I don kiss on the first date and then kissed a bloke on the first date, I couldn't give two sh*ts. It wouldn't even cross my mind. But in that environment, that's a big thing. It is unrealistic.
PS: There was debate about what Tenille had actually said in regards to kissing on the first date.
Romy: Yeah, she was acting it out firstly and like moaning.
Cat: No, no, she came back [to the house] and said they were moaning together when they were making out.
Romy: This is coming from the girl that made it very clear that she didn't kiss on the first date. I didn't hear her say this but it was told to me that she said it was tacky and classless. I found that pretty offensive, and all the girls were upset at her but they only showed me starting the conversation and made it look like I made her run away, which was not the case.
Alisha: Off camera she came home to a bunch of girls who had been on a date and explicitly described her date and acted it out. She enjoyed it too!
Cat: Sort of relished in it!
Alisha: And just the moaning, are you serious!
Cat: I think a lot of women started getting feelings for him then and coming back and explaining [their] kiss with an in-depth demonstration to a bunch of women probably wasn't the smartest move on her behalf and it rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. There were a few people who stuck up for Romy in that argument with Tenille but that wasn't shown either. There's more to it and it's just a shame when we've been pigeon-holed into being these people when there's so much more to our personalities that no ones seeing.
Alisha: I think it was always going to happen to us three though because I think we're not afraid to share our opinion.
PS: How have you been handling the backlash from the show?
Cat: It's really hard and we're human too. We have feelings and we feel bad that we've offended people but it was never intended to be malicious. I was genuinely taking the piss. You see me laughing after every comment. My friends love it because they know that's what I'm like but to an outsider, you know it looks [bad].
Alisha: I mean we were friends with the other girls in the house and that makes it difficult to watch back because we have to remember that we have this relationship with all these girls in the house. One thing that's really bothered me is that, particularly in the earlier episodes where Cat was copping a lot of fire for cheeky comments, the girls we shared this experience with, they know what really happened and I was a bit surprised no one reached out now just to be like, oh are you ok?
Romy: Well, no one has come out in interviews and said that they were our mates either which was interesting!
PS: Cat, a lot of people were saying you were using the show to boost your business.
Cat: That's not true at all. There were 7 to 8 girls who had business' or large Instagram accounts yet I got targeted because I wear it [the jewellery]. The only time I spoke about it was when someone asked me about it but they made it look like I was saying, "OMG, this is my label, I design jewellery". It just wasn't the case and like yeah, I'm going to wear it because I obviously like my designs and it's my business and I'm passionate about it, I love it so why wouldn't I talk about it? But if anything its given me a disservice because I'm copping it. People are threatening me saying they will do anything they can to make me go bankrupt or they will rate my business one out of five stars, they are going out of their way to try and make me fail, which is awful because I've been portrayed so differently to how I really am. It's just really full on.
Alisha: I don't really get this double standard like, why can't Cat have a business and be passionate about it and share that with people. If she is dating normally [out of the show] why wouldn't she sit down and share her passions with him?
Cat: Also, I work as a stylist on the side and before every date and every group date I would style all of those girls and get them ready, before I would even pick what I was wearing. They had all been like, "Can I please borrow some jewellery?", "Can I please wear this today?", and all of them are wearing my jewellery. If they didn't like me, if we weren't friends, they wouldn't be wearing it. You wouldn't bloody see Tenille in my stuff.