Locklan ‘Locky’ Gilbert seemingly took a subtle swipe at Bella Varelis for her Bondi influencer lifestyle, and now the runner-up has hit back.
On Tuesday, the Bachelor took to Instagram to comment on how he and his winner Irena Srbinovska weren’t keen on “the whole Bondi vibe” – where his two runners-up Varelis and Bec Cvilikas are regularly being photographed out and about partying.
“What a bloody great weekend. 3 days 2 nights and 600km. Could not be happier with the @ducatiausnz and all our camping gear from @decathlonau. But a massive congrats to my beautiful Girlfriend for her first multi day bike ride. Love you so much,” Locky wrote on a photo of him and Irena camping.
A Daily Mail journalist then commented saying: “Thanks for the invite. Looks like fun.” Locky then replied, with his seemingly shady dig at some of the other contestants:
“Have to have some secrets. We not too keen on the whole Bondi vibe. Give us the mountains any day.”
And now Varelis, who was brutally dumped on the finale, has given a savage response.
“I’m unsure why they’re making references towards me and how I’m living my life. I have better things to do than make subtle digs towards an ex,” she told The Wash. “I’ve moved on and so should they.”
Fans called out Locky for his comments, saying he had starred on two television shows, The Bachelor and Survivor.
“Oh yeah and Locky was on the show to find love!” one Facebook user wrote. “All are money and fame hungry.”
Another commented: “I’m sorry but how many shows have you been on, buddy?”
“Not chasing fame,” a third added. “Says the man who’s been on more than one reality show.”
Earlier in the week, Irena made similar comments when she said she didn’t care about being verified on Instagram.
“I’m not about being an influencer, just about being real,” the 31-year-old nurse told Daily Mail Australia after being asked why her account wasn’t verified yet, when a lot of her fellow contestants accounts were.
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“I haven’t even applied for it,” she said. “I don’t really care about it.”
While the new couple seem perfectly matched, one of the girls who was vying for Locky’s heart on the show, Maddy Carver, thinks otherwise.
“Locky had all these girls’ attention inside the mansion,” she said.
“It would be really hard to go back to life just having one girl, don’t you think?” she added.
The admission might come as a surprise to Bachelor fans, who saw Locky call Irena his “future wife and baby mama” in his post-finale Instagram post.