Fans of “The Bachelor” are used to seeing the drama play out on the screen, but it looks like there’s enough left over to spill over into social media.
In fact, E! News reports that “Bachelor” Nation has been paying close attention to a brewing Twitter feud between former contestants Raven Gates and Beka Martinez, both of whom competed (unsuccessfully) to win the heart of a Bachelor (Arie Luyendyk Jr. for Martinez, Nick Viall for Gates).
Apparently, the whole thing started when Martinez watched a recent episode of “The Bachelorette” in which Becca Kufrin confronted Colton Underwood about his relationship with former “Bachelor” contestant Tia Booth. While Colton insisted it was all over, Bekah wasn’t quite as certain, and took to Twitter to share her prediction that Underwood and Booth will reignite the flame this summer on “Bachelor in Paradise” as a publicity stunt to boost both their profiles.
This led Gates to chime in, slamming Martinez and kicking off a nasty series of back-and-forth tweets, most of which have since been deleted.
“Hey everybody!!” she wrote, sarcastically asking folks to follow Martinez on Twitter “so she can get those followers so she can stop talking s**t about her friends.”
Martinez clapped back: “Girl I would never talk s**t on Becca because she’s as real as it gets. That’s the reason I tweeted that thing about colton and tia in the first place, because it looked like they both played her on this one.”
Gates responded: “You know that tia didn’t. And you’re entitled to your opinion. I don’t like the situation either, but if you said you’d stop bashing Tia, then you should keep your word.”
“How can people be so full of hate all of the time? Aren’t you tired??” Gates wrote in another tweet, also deleted. “How can you hate on your ‘friends’ constantly??”
Bekah replied, “Why’d you delete your first tweet that was directly aimed at me? Why don’t you just @ me?”
Gates then issued a tweet accusing Martinez of stirring the pot by tweeting something “rude & unnecessary to create drama,” revealing that she’d blocked her because “I don’t want to keep engaging with someone who will continuously drag her ‘friends.'”
After Gates blocked Martinez, she continued the conversation:
Martinez finally seemed to tire of the whole thing and decided to move on:
Martinez has since apologized to Booth, Underwood and Gates as she took to Twitter to take back the harsh words she said.
“Regardless of my feelings about the situation,” she wrote. “A sarcastic tweet is not the way to handle it.”