Bachelor in Paradise’s Maurissa Speaks Out After Being Shamed for Intimate Date With Riley

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Maurissa continued, “What’s even harder to believe is that the majority of the negativity and hate is coming from women. It’s already hard enough being a woman in today’s society, so we as women should do everything to lift each other up rather than bring each other down.”

The ABC star did take a moment to thank those who have stood by her side, writing, “I do want to say thank you to those who have been showing so much love and support.”

She concluded, “I hope this message is received with love and kindness.”

Maurissa’s Instagram post appeared to strike a chord with several of her Bachelor in Paradise co-stars, who praised her in the comments section. 

Jessenia Cruz replied, “Periodt!!!”

“YES!!” Serena Pitt replied, with Tahzjuan Hawkins adding, “Preach queen!!”

At this time, Riley hasn’t publicly commented on his and Maurissa’s first date or the criticism she’s faced. However, he did share romantic portraits of their one-on-one on Instagram. One photo captured the two embracing as he kissed her on the forehead, as well as another candid snapshot of their dinner with Lance Bass by their side.

“That was something special,” Riley captioned his post last week.

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