The Bachelor contestant, Kit Keenan is “mad” about how she’s been portrayed on the reality series because she comes from a well known family.
She spoke about how she felt about being identified as a socialite to US Weekly.
“I was so mad about [my original title on the show]. I felt that it completely diminished my accomplishments,” she told the outlet. “I’m a senior at NYU right now. I’m studying fashion and business. I have been a small business owner since my freshman year of college. I host a podcast biweekly with my mom. I host and edit it myself.”
Kit shared about how she landed on the popular series, revealing that producers reached out to her via social media.
“It was a few months into quarantine, school was going to be online for the next semester,” she explained. “I thought to myself, ’This is probably the only time in my life that I’ll be able to do something like this’ because it was pretty easy for me to take a semester off of school.”
Kit spoke about her “number one supporter,” her mother, fashion designer, Cynthia Rowley.
“There’s a lot more to me than nice cars and having a public figure as a mother,” Kit declared, describing her mom as her “lifeline.”
“I have been given so much in my life and I have so many amazing opportunities and experiences that, you know, with all of that comes some explaining and some rightful people saying, ‘You are so privileged,’” Kit said about her upbringing. “I know that. I try all the time to be comfortable with that. At the end of the day, it’s not like I’m going to fashion shows every day. That’s part of my life.”
“Growing up, my mom being such a success story, I think that I was protecting myself and getting in touch with my emotions is something I’ve never practiced before,” Kit told ”Bachelor,” Matt James, during their recently televised date. She added—“Being here and letting those walls down is the first time I’ve ever really had to be vulnerable. So, I think that’s the hardest part, is knowing once one wall is down, you get to see all of me.”
The duo appeared to hit it off, and Kit later shared that she tends to run away when relationships turn serious.
“In previous relationships, I get the ick real quick,” Kit said to former Bachelorettes Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin. “Once the relationship goes into, like, ’OK, this could be something very serious,’ usually I run for the hills.”
Kit noted that her upbringing has influenced how she has been portrayed on the show.
“[The viewers are] only getting a one-dimensional character of who we all really are,” Kit remarked. “I definitely came in strong night one with the whole Gossip Girl vibe and all of that.”
Watch Kit and Matt’s journey unfold on The Bachelor, airing on Mondays at 8 pm, ET, on ABC.