Hannah Brown is getting candid about how much her life has changed since becoming The Bachelorette.
On Monday night, the reality star, 24, opened up in a lengthy Instagram post where she admitted that she has been “struggling” following the end of the ABC series.
“Life is so different,” she wrote. “Since last August, I’ve been a pageant queen, a bachelor contestant, and the Bachelorette. I’ve been in love with multiple people, I got engaged, I broke off an engagement, and I shared it all with millions of people.”
During her season, the former Miss Alabama broke up with her fiancé and the winner of her season, Jed Wyatt, and was later spotted with runner-up Tyler Cameron, who has since been linked to Gigi Hadid.
Brown also addressed some of the drama that surrounded her season, including her heated argument about sex and religion with controversial contestant, Luke Parker.
“My faith has been questioned by thousands who don’t know my heart, and my transparency with my decisions has labeled me promiscuous,” she continued. “Simultaneously, I’ve become a role model for young women and started bigger conversations around faith and sex. I’m living on my own for the first time and shuffling through this life of next steps with press, media, and opportunities galore.”
The reality star then explained that her newly hectic life has left her too busy to visit with family and friends.
“I miss my friends and family that have watched my life explode,” she wrote. “I feel guilty because I don’t have the time or emotional capacity to fill each of them in on my life right now. I can’t keep up with the people that matter most, because I can barely keep up with my own life right now.”
She continued, “I am not complaining about this past year of adventures. The woman who has emerged would shock the mirror-image young girl from a year ago. I have so many blessings to be thankful for. However it’s uncharted territory for me, and it’s been hard to really process what the heck is going on.”
Brown concluded her post with a message to her followers, reminding them that “it’s okay to be overwhelmed.”
“Life is beautiful, but wild,” she wrote. “I think it’s okay to be strong — to know you’re strong — but to still feel weak simultaneously. I believe that’s when the magic happens.”
Fellow Bachelor Nation stars commented their support on Brown’s post — including Colton Underwood, who Brown dated on his season of The Bachelor.
“Nailed it,” he wrote. “Keep being you HB … proud of you!”
“So much truth in this post!!” Underwood’s girlfriend, Cassie Randolph, added. “I could not have said it any better. Life is wild but beautiful. And so unexpected. It’s hard to complain because there is so much good, but it’s also easy to get overwhelmed … Thanks for this nice little reminder and you’re doing such a great job with everything.”
On Instagram last week, Brown urged her followers and fans to “uplift other women” and avoid comparison, amid reports of Cameron and Hadid going on dates in New York.
“I am forever so thankful for the love and support you all show me,” Brown wrote on her Instagram Stories on Thursday, Aug. 8. “However, supporting me doesn’t mean you have to compare me to anyone else.”
“I want to make sure that we are all remembering to uplift other women and not tear them down,” she added. “Xoxo, Han.”
Although Brown and Cameron went on a date following the After the Final Rose special — the Floridian contractor was spotted leaving her Los Angeles lodgings the morning after — the Alabama beauty has nothing but respectful things to say about his potentially budding relationship with Hadid, 24.
“When you are in the public eye, you do have to just be respectful of each other,” she said on Rachel Lindsay and Ali Fedotowsky-Manno‘s Bachelor Happy Hour podcast. “And yeah, I wish I would’ve got a little bit more than two days. But, you know, it is okay.”
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