Leah Costa captured Australia’s attention on Bachelor in Paradise this year, getting everyone talking when she sported a huge engagement ring after the show.
But now, fans have amassed against her, because it turns out it was a fake engagement.
The backlash has become so intense that Leah has deleted her Instagram account and dropped off the social media radar.
Before closing her account, she explained why she did what she did, saying, “In an era of fake news and ‘unreal’ TV, we are all constantly left questioning what to believe. Editing and manipulation are often highlighted when we are discussion the media. But what about the power of suggestion? This is the most important because without actually saying anything, you can position individuals to create and accept their own version of the truth. We have seen this done in countless political campaigns, wars, media and now reality TV.
“Now let’s focus in a little more on Bachelor in Paradise,” she went on. “Can I have a show of hands how many people truly believed they would see a same sex relationship form between @eloratahiti and @megan.leto.marx? Without ever having said it was, by carefully suggesting that the dark haired figure of @thomasmichaelperras in the water kissing Megan could be in fact Elora, you all created and accepted your own version of the truth, without the producers ever having actually lied.”
“Over the past few weeks I’ve been positioning you all to buy a particular truth, to try and raise the issue and get you talking about how often this occurs and just how much emphasis everyone puts on their version of the truth.
“You may have all seen a sparkly ring appear on my finger. Without having ever said I am engaged and without having ever confirmed or denied it, without even used the term myself and even despite clearly stating last night on The Project “your putting words in my mouth” I have managed to show you all the power of suggestion. For you to then go and create your own version of the truth based upon the little information suggested.
“I ask you all to understand the power of television and the integrity of the media. Educate yourselves about the things you are watching and the power of suggestion, but most of all take it with a grain of salt. Happy Watching.”
Fans wrote back things like, You think you're being a master manipulator but instead you're completely embarrassing yourself. "Power of suggestion'. Please.”
As well as, "I can't believe I thought you were finally being real. This is very disappointing. How can you think you are better than the media by fooling the public? Can't you see you created 'fake news' as well? Good riddance."
Leah hit back one last time before disappearing from the net, saying, "Sorry not sorry for trying to encourage people to think and not just using the platform to self serve," she said in Instagram Stories. "Should I just do what everyone else does, every second photo in my underwear and hock skinny tea?”
We with Leah all the best in whatever she does next!