Hannah Brown is pushing back on the criticism she’s been getting from her suitors and fans.
The star of this season’s “The Bachelorette” took to Instagram late Tuesday night with a long message standing firm in her convictions.
“I refuse to feel shame. I refuse to believe the lies and evil that flood my comments,” she wrote. “It’s upsetting to get messages from Christians telling me I give Christians a bad name.
“I’m an imperfect human. Who is yes, also a Christian. And God has a master plan for all the failures I continue to learn and grow from to work out for good, and for his glory.”
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I refuse to not stand in the sun. I refuse to feel shame. I refuse to believe the lies and evil that flood my comments. I am standing firm in believing that maybe God wants to use a mess like me to point to His goodness and grace. But dang, it’s hard. The amount of hate I and the men on this journey with me receive…it’s chilling to know so many people want to spread hurt so recklessly. We all fall short of the glory of God…we just happen to do it on national television. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve realized that a lot of the things that Satan uses to hurt me, come in the form of many of your comments— he uses a grain of truth to steer to evil lies. “You’re not enough, you’re dirty, you’re dumb, you’re immature, you’re not worthy…”. It’s upsetting to get messages from Christians telling me I give Christians a bad name. I’ve lived my life for the world to see and judge and absolutely, I’m hot mess on a stick, I blew it a few times…but I refuse to believe I give Christians a bad name. I’m an imperfect human. Who is yes, also a Christian. And God has a master plan for all the failures I continue to learn and grow from to work out for good, and for his glory. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you to those who continue to support me and my guys as we open our hearts to each other, and in turn…you! We appreciate you and your kindness! ♥️
Controversy has swirled around Brown ever since she revealed in a trailer for the season that she has sex despite being a devout Christian.
“So let’s talk about sex, and how the marriage bed should be kept pure. And let’s say you have had sex with one or multiple of these guys. I would be wanting to go home,” contestant Luke told her.
She responded, “You don’t get to decide what I can and can’t do because you don’t own me. Oh, my God, I can’t believe you just said that. I’m so mad. I don’t owe you anything. I believe that sex was made for a man and a woman in marriage, but I am having physical relationships, so like I have had sex, and honestly, Jesus still loves me.”
On Monday’s episode of “The Bachelorette”, Brown also went bungee jumping in the nude.
“I had a choice, what I wanted to do,” Hannah told Luke after he criticized her for it. “And I know where my heart was in it, and it wasn’t in a sexual way. It was in an experience that I wanted to have for myself.”