Bachelor in Paradise star Zoe O’Brien has been left devastated after her co-star Bill Goldsmith shared a photo of her and Ivan Krslovic cuddling on a couch, along with the caption ‘secret’s out’, on his Instagram story on Sunday.
Taking to her own Instagram account on Monday, Zoe slammed Bill for suggesting she’s romantically involved with the 29-year-old topless dancer.
‘Just to clarify, there is nothing going on with Ivan and I, we are friends,’ she began in the post.
‘I am so disappointed that he has maliciously posted this joke!’ Bachelor in Paradise’s Zoe O’Brien (left) has slammed Bill Goldsmith (right) for starting false rumour she’s dating co-star Ivan Krslovic
Zoe said the photo of her cosying up with Ivan is a ‘joke’ that Bill, 31, orchestrated during a recent group dinner.
‘This photo is a joke that Bill got us to pose for on my couch when I was kind enough to have them both over at my house for dinner and to watch an episode,’ she explained.
Zoe went on to reveal Bill’s actions are particularly ‘disappointing’ because the point of their catch-up was to check in on his ‘mental health’ amid the fan furore levelled at him.
‘The point of having them over was that I was going to checking in on Bill’s mental health as he was getting so much hate on social media,’ she wrote.
‘Bill got us to pose on my couch!’ Zoe (left) claims a photo of her cosying up with Ivan Krslovic (right) is a ‘joke’ that Bill orchestrated during their group dinner
Speaking out: Zoe was less than impressed with the Melbourne plumber’s ‘joke’ as she took to her Instagram stories on Monday to slam Bill for starting a false rumour she’s romantically involved with Ivan, 29
‘The last thing I ever want is anyone to be struggling or upset and think they have no one to turn to, to talk about it.
‘I have been nothing but kind to Bill and I am so disappointed that he has deliberately and maliciously posted this joke to provoke a reaction and cause unnecessary drama,’ she concluded.
Zoe was forced to clarify her ‘friend’ status with Ivan once again on Monday after she revealed she received ‘one million’ messages about the false romance rumours.
‘Me and Ivan are just friends’: Zoe (left) was forced to clarify her ‘friend’ status with Ivan Krslovic (right) once again in a separate post shared to her Instagram story on Monday
Clap back: Zoe shared another post on her Instagram story on Monday regarding the false romance rumours about her and Ivan
‘OK so a million people are messaging me about the photo Bill posted of me and Ivan,’ she began in a separate post shared to her Instagram stories.
‘Me and Ivan are just friends (and I’m actually staying in Brisbane with Tenille Favios tonight).
‘This is my response to the photo that has been re-posted on one of the Bachy meme pages (sad I have to post this but also, I’ve been honest all season so why stop now?),’ she concluded.
Villain: During this year’s season of Bachelor in Paradise, Bill was been portrayed as one of the show’s major ‘villains’ thanks to his involvement in a love triangle with Alex Nation and Florence Moerenhout
Upset: Bill faced a fan backlash after he denied Florence’s accusations that he had sexually propositioned her during their overnight date, and later accused her of’ lying in an attempt to sabotage his romance with Alex. Pictured: Florence Moerenhout
During this year’s season of Paradise, Bill was portrayed as one of the show’s major ‘villains’ thanks to his involvement in a love triangle with Alex Nation and Florence Moerenhout.
Bill faced fan backlash after he denied Florence’s accusations that he had sexually propositioned her during their overnight date, and later accused her of lying in an attempt to sabotage his romance with Alex.
He was branded a ‘disgrace’ on Twitter and later issued a public apology to Florence.
Regrets? Bill was branded a ‘disgrace’ on Twitter and later issued a public apology to Florence. Pictured with Alex Nation on Bachelor in Paradise
Of course, Bill isn’t the only contestant who has taken issue with the way they’ve been portrayed on Bachelor in Paradise this season.
Sources have told Daily Mail Australia that several participants were left ‘horrified’ after watching back the show.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel 10 for comment.
‘Horrified’: Of course, Bill isn’t the only contestant who has taken issue with the way they’ve been portrayed on Bachelor in Paradise this season. Last month, multiple sources told Daily Mail Australia the cast feel betrayed by how the footage was ‘manipulated’