The Bachelor alum Raven Gates has finally addressed her rift with former The Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay.
Last month, Rachel shocked Bachelor Nation by announcing she and her former best friend Raven are “not at all” friends anymore and they “never will be” again during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
“I can’t say. I promised I wouldn’t say,” Rachel, 34, said at the time when asked why her friendship with Raven had ended. “But it was enough for me to not want to be friends with her anymore.”
More than a month of silence passed on Raven’s part following Rachel’s interview, allowing fans’ minds to wander over what might have led to the girls’ surprising falling out.
Raven, however, was asked to comment on the demise of her relationship with Rachel while taping an episode of Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe earlier this week.
“I’m just as shocked as everybody else and I wish I had answers, but I don’t and I don’t think I ever will,” Raven, 28 insisted to Kaitlyn Bristowe, who starred on The Bachelorette’s eleventh season, according to Us Weekly.
Raven then reportedly added, “I have never done her wrong.”
But many people suspect Raven is well aware of what caused the split considering Rachel had promised never to reveal what caused it.
Raven admitted the feud really upsets her, but she apparently feels helpless when it comes to mending fences.
“I have been really saddened by the whole thing just because I really loved her,” Raven told Kaitlyn, Us reported.
“I guess I just have to put it to rest and it is what it is and I’m not going to say anything bad about her because that’s not in my heart or my spirit. But I wish her nothing but the best.”
Ironically, former The Bachelor star Nick Viall insisted Raven talks about other people behind their backs quite often during a recent appearance on Rachel’s The Bachelor Hour podcast.
Not only did Nick say Raven is “full of sh-t” but he also said she pretends to be someone she’s not.
“I think sometimes the character she portrays herself to be on the TV show and on Instagram is totally full of sh-t and lying and bullsh-t,” Nick, 39, said on the podcast.
“And I think she talks sh-t about people, all the time! And I think that’s totally fine. But I don’t like how sometimes people pretend to not be a certain way.”
Raven and Rachel met while competing for Nick’s heart on The Bachelor’s 21st season, which aired in 2017.
Both ladies made it to Nick’s Final 3 bachelorettes, but he ended up proposing marriage to Vanessa Grimaldi instead. (Nick and Vanessa split five months after the show’s finale aired on ABC in March 2017).
Nick recalled on Rachel’s podcast that Raven “totally talked sh-t about Vanessa for like a good 30 minutes in the Fantasy Suite.”
After Nick’s edition of The Bachelor wrapped on TV, Rachel was selected to star on The Bachelorette’s thirteenth season — and Raven seemed ecstatic for her pal once the official announcement was made in 2017.
“My day one, my soul friend, my person!!” Raven captioned a photo of the two women, congratulating Rachel on becoming the franchise’s first-ever African American star.
“To list all of her attributes and qualities that I love would be too long to type. America will soon find out that She IS laughter. She IS friendship. And she IS LOVE.”
But Raven isn’t the only person who has an issue with Rachel right now.
Shortly after Rachel revealed she and Raven are not on good terms, The Bachelor’s Season 23 star Colton Underwood quipped, “Shocker. Rachel mad at another person… does she like anyone?”
Colton reportedly believes Rachel “ran her mouth” to Cassie Randolph about him.
Rachel took Colton’s slam as an opportunity to invite him on her podcast so they could hash things out and be brutally honest with each other. Rachel insisted she was ready to have a “grown ass conversation” with him, according to Us.
Colton allegedly accepted Rachel’s offer as long as their whole conversation would be left unedited and “raw.”
Although Rachel and Raven have lost each other, they are both happy in their respective relationships.
Rachel married her The Bachelorette winner Bryan Abasolo in August, while Raven accepted a marriage proposal from her Bachelor in Paradise 4 co-star Adam Gottschalk in late May.