Cass Wood is hitting back at the haters.
While some viewers branded the 23-year-old The Bachelor Australia contestant as “clingy”—especially after she read Nick Cummins a revealing entry from her diary in episode 3—Cass insists the label is unfair.
“So far, all we’ve seen is me being very into Nick,” she recently told TV WEEK. “A lot of the conversations between Nick and I haven’t yet been shown.”
Cass said she chose to share her diary with the Honey Badger because she believed some of her feelings were reciprocated.
“I needed him to know where I’m at and I only did that because I felt like he’d given me the green light to go ahead,” she explained. “I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t feel like he’d be comfortable.”
The Sydney student went on a few dates with Nick before the series started filming, although she says travel and work commitments got in the way.
In an interview with the The Daily Telegraph, Cass also opened up about being called “a stage five clinger and a stalker” by fans, explaining the label is “nasty and untrue”.
On the contrary, the bachelorette said Nick “was really happy to see me” when they first crossed paths at the mansion.
Another Bachelor alum, Jarrod Woodgate, also feels Cass is undeserving of the “stage-five clinger” label.
“I’ve been a stage-five clinger for quite some time, she needs to train up for it,” he joked in an interview with Daily Mail Australia. “She’s still learning!”