Written by Zoë Holloway, August 4, 2016

She’s definitely not lacking in confidence, but as OK! discovers, the resident villain is not as tough as she seems.

Love her or not, outspoken Sydneysider Keira Maguire has certainly become a talking point on The Bachelor. with her unapologetic remarks the 30-year-old has stolen the show – and that’s something the real estate consultant couldn’t be more proud of.

‘I get messages saying, “Oh my God, it’s the Keira show!” she chuckles to OK!.

However, while it may be all positive from pals, the haters are also out in full – almost brutal force. ‘I’ve been staying away from social media, but I did have a look at my page and I saw that someone called me a ‘c—‘,’ she shares before breaking down in tears. It’s the first time OK! has seen Keira’s confidence has waver – but don’t think this blonde babe is broken. The backlash has only made her a more determined advocate for self-assuredness, and she’s not going to let the cruel comments cramp her confidence.

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How do you feel about your ‘villain’ status?

To be honest, I’m not OK with it, but I need to accept it as it’s out of my control. The situation obviously isn’t realistic and the way that I’m acting is based on circumstances that aren’t real and aren’t normal. So I’m the villain, and if I sit here and worry about it I’m just going to be a miserable mess.

At least you’re getting a lot of screen time!

I’m getting a lot of love, too, which I’m happy with. I felt like I was the voice. I was up-front and producers knew it and positioned me to be in certain moments, so I guess that I gave them what they wanted.

And you didn’t amp it up for the cameras?

If anything, I had a filter and tended not to say much, because trust me if I did actually say what I thought, shit would be going down.

Do you feel like you over-stepped the line at any time?

I’m totally confident and happy that I was myself.

Have the other Bachelorettes reached out?

Yeah, I’ve had a lot of the girls send me messages saying that I’m hilarious and not to worry about the haters.

Has the trolling been full-on?

I haven’t really looked at it, and I don’t really want to. There are times that I sit there and think I love my life so much and why would I want to take away from that? It’s not worth it. I’m not going to let anyone dictate how I feel. But, on the other hand, I am a human being.

Former Bachelorette Sam Frost spoke out recently about online bullying…

I don’t really understand where that comes from because there’s a lot of love for her. I feel like you just always have to look at the positives – it’s the people that focus on the negatives in others that have issues with themselves.

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What was it like living in the house after tense moments?

It was quite draining for me, but I never did anything intentionally, I was honest and upfront with everybody, whereas others would sit there and bitch behind my back.

Did you ever think of leaving?

All the time, every day. Seriously, there was a time where I couldn’t sleep at night because I was so stressed out, but now I’m fine.

Do you think more women should embrace their confidence?

I think so, there’s nothing wrong with it at all and I feel like if you don’t feel confident in yourself you should step back and have a look at things that you can change and get better.

Where does your confidence come from?

I grew up in a large family; I have five brothers and sisters so it was always a fight for attention… it was just instilled in me to be quite loud.

You’re being called a Lara Worthington look-a-like – do you approve?

Obviously, I’m appreciative of the comparison because she’s gorgeous, but at the same time I just want to be me.

Any plans for kids?

In the past couple of years I’ve been in the mindset that I don’t even know if I want kids – like, I could not think of anything worse.

For more Bachie goss be sure to pick up this week’s issue of OK!

 

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