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Abbie Chatfield attends charity event after falling out with Brooke Blurton

Abbie Chatfield pulled off the perfect PR move on Friday as she attended a charity event in North Bondi, Sydney, promoting the work of young carers.

The podcast host, 26, recently found herself at the centre of controversy when her former friend Brooke Blurton accused her of stealing her spotlight by dating one of her Bachelorette contestants then going public with him the day before her finale.

Brushing off their feud, Chatfield instead drew attention the amazing work of the Little Dreamers charity, which supports young people who care for a family member affected by disability, chronic or mental illness, addiction or frail age.

For a good cause: Abbie Chatfield pulled off the perfect PR move on Friday as she attended a charity event in North Bondi, Sydney, promoting the work of young carers

Furious: The podcast host, 26, recently found herself at the centre of controversy when her former friend Brooke Blurton (left) accused her of stealing her spotlight by dating one of her Bachelorette contestants then going public with him the day before her finale

Furious: The podcast host, 26, recently found herself at the centre of controversy when her former friend Brooke Blurton (left) accused her of stealing her spotlight by dating one of her Bachelorette contestants then going public with him the day before her finale

She met with several young carers, including 16-year-old Heidi Farley from rural NSW, and proudly spread the message of Little Dreamers with a megaphone in hand ahead of the holiday season.

The event was hosted in partnership with The Body Shop, which provided data on the personal toll experienced by young people who care for a relative.

For example, 57 per cent of young carers say their role has an impact on their mental health.

Chatfield wore a Body Shop ‘Joy Squad’ T-shirt which she teamed with a long patterned skirt, and accessorised with hoop earrings.

Charity work: Brushing off their feud, Chatfield instead drew attention the amazing work of the Little Dreamers charity, which supports young people who care for a family member affected by disability, chronic or mental illness, addiction or frail age. Pictured with Heidi Farley, 16

Charity work: Brushing off their feud, Chatfield instead drew attention the amazing work of the Little Dreamers charity, which supports young people who care for a family member affected by disability, chronic or mental illness, addiction or frail age. Pictured with Heidi Farley, 16

Message: She met with several young carers, including 16-year-old Heidi Farley (right) from rural NSW, and proudly spread the message of Little Dreamers ahead of the holiday season

Message: She met with several young carers, including 16-year-old Heidi Farley (right) from rural NSW, and proudly spread the message of Little Dreamers ahead of the holiday season

Important: The event was hosted in partnership with The Body Shop, which provided data on the personal toll experienced by young people who care for a relative. For example, 57 per cent of young carers say their role has an impact on their mental health

Important: The event was hosted in partnership with The Body Shop, which provided data on the personal toll experienced by young people who care for a relative. For example, 57 per cent of young carers say their role has an impact on their mental health

Chatfield’s charity drive comes a day after she apologised to Blurton on Thursday for stealing her thunder during The Bachelorette finale week by going public with her boyfriend, Konrad Bien-Stephens, who was one of Blurton’s contestants.

She admitted she was ‘naïve’ to think it would be okay to debut her relationship with Bien-Stephens, 31, the day before Blurton – Australia’s first-ever bisexual and Indigenous Bachelorette – made her final decision.

She acknowledged her actions distracted from what was supposed to be a special moment for Blurton and her winner, Darvid Garayeli, as well as a milestone for the LGBT and Aboriginal communities.

Chatfield also explained she had only gone public with Bien-Stephens because she was under the impression she had Blurton’s blessing.

Stylish: Chatfield wore a Body Shop 'Joy Squad' T-shirt which she teamed with a long patterned skirt, and accessorised with hoop earrings

Stylish: Chatfield wore a Body Shop ‘Joy Squad’ T-shirt which she teamed with a long patterned skirt, and accessorised with hoop earrings

‘This is to address the post made by Brooke. A month ago, a video of Konrad and I kissing was secretly captured by a patron and made public,’ she began in a lengthy Instagram post.

‘Following this, Brooke and I had a conversation in which I apologised and expressed regret multiple times for our public affection as this was prior to Konrad’s exit from the show. Konrad had a similar conversation with Brooke.

‘We met as a result of him coming along to a catch up with a mutual friend, the public setting was an accident. 

‘We absolutely should have waited to be in private as we are public figures and these are things we need to consider, but we didn’t. We also didn’t consider the possible ramifications of our actions. 

‘Immediately following this, we intentionally kept things quiet, and did not leave the house together in an effort to not be photographed out of respect for the show and to minimise press surrounding the spoiler of Konrad’s exit.’

Chatfield later shared a series of photos of herself and Bien-Stephens on Instagram the day before The Bachelorette finale, confirming their relationship.

But she insisted ‘it was not with malice’, and noted Bien-Stephens had already been eliminated from the show when she made the announcement.

Kind: The It's a Lot podcast host is known for partnering with charities and ethical brands

Kind: The It’s a Lot podcast host is known for partnering with charities and ethical brands

‘The morning of, I mistook a message from Brooke expressing her happiness for and approval of our relationship as a green light to upload a post. Following the post, Konrad received an equally supportive message,’ she continued.

‘I see with hindsight that this assumption was naïve. I now understand the timing of publicly sharing our relationship should have been more considered and that is my fault. I acknowledge that impact outweighs intent.’

Referencing Blurton’s earlier comment about her being ‘a white woman displaying what white privilege looks like’, Chatfield admitted she ‘didn’t take into account… the inherent privilege that I hold as a white woman’.

‘My actions had the potential to undermine the importance that this pivotal season of The Bachelorette holds to the First Nations and LGBTQIA+ Communities,’ she added.

‘This is an extremely important conversation to be having. In future, this will be at the forefront of my mind and I will continue to listen to and amplify minority communities, and endeavour to learn.

‘I’m sorry.’

'I'm sorry': Chatfield's charity drive comes a day after she shared an apology (pictured) to Blurton on Thursday for stealing her thunder during The Bachelorette finale week by going public with her boyfriend, Konrad Bien-Stephens, who was one of Blurton's contestants

‘I’m sorry’: Chatfield’s charity drive comes a day after she shared an apology (pictured) to Blurton on Thursday for stealing her thunder during The Bachelorette finale week by going public with her boyfriend, Konrad Bien-Stephens, who was one of Blurton’s contestants 

She felt the need to apologise after Blurton, 26, spoke out against her on Instagram earlier on Thursday.

Blurton sensationally called her former friend a ‘narcissist’ for going public Bien-Stephens – one of the fan favourites from her season – the day before her finale.

She said the move was another example of a ‘white woman displaying what white privilege looks like’.

Blurton explained she was ‘not a hostile person’ by nature but felt compelled to speak out after feeling ‘personally and mentally disrupted’ by the events of finale week – which many fans saw as Chatfield trying to steal Blurton’s spotlight.

Regrets: She admitted she was 'naïve' to think it would be okay to debut her relationship with Konrad Bien-Stephens (right) the day before Blurton - Australia's first-ever bisexual and Indigenous Bachelorette - made her final decision

Regrets: She admitted she was ‘naïve’ to think it would be okay to debut her relationship with Konrad Bien-Stephens (right) the day before Blurton – Australia’s first-ever bisexual and Indigenous Bachelorette – made her final decision 

Bad decision: She acknowledged her actions distracted from what was supposed to be a special moment for Blurton (left) and her winner, Darvid Garayeli (right), as well as a milestone for the LGBT and Aboriginal communities

Bad decision: She acknowledged her actions distracted from what was supposed to be a special moment for Blurton (left) and her winner, Darvid Garayeli (right), as well as a milestone for the LGBT and Aboriginal communities

‘Everyone who watched the show, or was on the cast and/or working as crew, will know that I put my heart and soul into it and it meant a lot for me to open myself up so vulnerably like that,’ Blurton said.

‘Not only that, but for what it meant for the LGBTQIA+ and First Nations Community to have that display of representation. Which moves on to my new point. The hardest point.’

While she didn’t identify Chatfield by name, she continued: ‘For that to be tainted once again by 1. what I thought was a close friend. 2. Another white woman displaying what white privilege looks like. 3. A very clear display of narcissism…

‘Hurts me. Literally pains me.’

Feud: Earlier on Thursday, Blurton sensationally called her former friend a 'narcissist' for going public Bien-Stephens - one of the fan favourites from her season - the day before her finale

Feud: Earlier on Thursday, Blurton sensationally called her former friend a ‘narcissist’ for going public Bien-Stephens – one of the fan favourites from her season – the day before her finale 

Response: Blurton, 26, the franchise's first Indigenous and bisexual lead, said the move was another example of a 'white woman displaying what white privilege looks like' in a blistering statement on Instagram (pictured)

Response: Blurton, 26, the franchise’s first Indigenous and bisexual lead, said the move was another example of a ‘white woman displaying what white privilege looks like’ in a blistering statement on Instagram (pictured) 

Bien-Stephens, 31, formed a strong connection with Blurton on The Bachelorette but was eliminated after home visits.

The landscaper later began dating Chatfield and news of their romance leaked well before his exit aired on television, effectively spoiling the show. 

Blurton said she’d reached out to Chatfield to resolve the conflict but didn’t seem to be satisfied by her response. 

Ex factor: Bien-Stephens (left) formed a strong connection with Blurton (right) on The Bachelorette but was eliminated after home visits. He later began dating Chatfield and news of their romance leaked well before his exit aired on television, effectively spoiling the show

Ex factor: Bien-Stephens (left) formed a strong connection with Blurton (right) on The Bachelorette but was eliminated after home visits. He later began dating Chatfield and news of their romance leaked well before his exit aired on television, effectively spoiling the show

She continued: ‘Classic naïve me, adult me went to this person to communicate openly about the layers of complexity that this person’s actions show and take away from not only me, but what it meant for a queer woman of colour.

‘If this wasn’t me, I’d still have this stance.’

Blurton concluded: ‘You guys asked for my comment. There it is. Now go give them more airtime which is what this is exactly about.’

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Abbie Chatfield for comment. 

Fuming: While she didn't identify Chatfield by name, Blurton said: 'For that to be tainted once again by 1. what I thought was a close friend. 2. Another white woman displaying what white privilege looks like. 3. A very clear display of narcissism... Hurts me. Literally pains me'

Fuming: While she didn’t identify Chatfield by name, Blurton said: ‘For that to be tainted once again by 1. what I thought was a close friend. 2. Another white woman displaying what white privilege looks like. 3. A very clear display of narcissism… Hurts me. Literally pains me’

Elsewhere in the post, Blurton said she and winning contestant Darvid Garayeli were appreciative of all the messages of support they had received since the finale.

She also said she was still grieving her sister, who died during filming.

Blurton said the couple had decided to stay away from social media for the week, saying: ‘I’ve promised myself, Darv, my family and my angel sister that I’ll take the time to heal. It will take more than a week but this is a start.’

Not happy: The duo's feud began when reports surfaced last month that Chatfield was dating Bien-Stephens, a fan favourite from Blurton's season. He was still a contestant on the show when the rumours first surfaced

Not happy: The duo’s feud began when reports surfaced last month that Chatfield was dating Bien-Stephens, a fan favourite from Blurton’s season. He was still a contestant on the show when the rumours first surfaced

Spoiler alert: Daily Mail Australia published a video of the couple kissing in Byron Bay on November 5

Busted: Bien-Stephens was still starring on The Bachelorette at the time

Spoiler alert: Daily Mail Australia published a video of the couple kissing in Byron Bay on November 5. Bien-Stephens was still starring on The Bachelorette at the time

The pair’s feud began when reports surfaced last month that Chatfield was dating Bien-Stephens, a fan favourite from Blurton’s season.

He was still a contestant on the show when the rumours first surfaced.

Daily Mail Australia published a video of the couple kissing at a bar in Byron Bay on November 5 – before his exit from the show aired.

This footage not only outed them as a couple, but served as a major Bachelorette spoiler by confirming Bien-Stephens didn’t win Blurton’s heart.

Ouch! Rumours of a feud soon emerged after online sleuths noticed Blurton had unfollowed the Love Island Afterparty host on Instagram

Intriguing: Chatfield does, however, still follow Blurton

Ouch! Rumours of a feud soon emerged after online sleuths noticed Blurton had unfollowed the Love Island Afterparty host on Instagram

Chatfield, who previously vowed to never speak publicly about her dating life, went Instagram official with Konrad on November 24 – the day before Blurton’s finale. 

To make things even more awkward, she appeared in the last episode of The Bachelorette – which was filmed months ago – as one of Blurton’s ‘best friends’.

While Chatfield has yet to respond to Blurton’s scathing statement, she did say earlier this week the timing of her relationship announcement was not a ‘PR stunt’. 

However, former Bachelorette Angie Kent called Chatfield’s behaviour ‘opportunistic’ and suggested she used the show to drum up a ‘media circus’ for her own benefit. 

Awkward: To make things even more awkward, she appeared in the last episode of The Bachelorette - which was filmed months ago - as one of Blurton's 'best friends'

Awkward: To make things even more awkward, she appeared in the last episode of The Bachelorette – which was filmed months ago – as one of Blurton’s ‘best friends’

Setting the record straight: While Chatfield has yet to respond to Blurton's scathing statement, she did say earlier this week the timing of her relationship announcement was not a 'PR stunt'

Setting the record straight: While Chatfield has yet to respond to Blurton’s scathing statement, she did say earlier this week the timing of her relationship announcement was not a ‘PR stunt’

Her two cents: Ex-Bachelorette Angie Kent (pictured) called Chatfield's behaviour 'opportunistic' and suggested she used the show to drum up a 'media circus' for her own benefit

Her view: Ex-Bachelorette Angie Kent (pictured) called Chatfield’s behaviour ‘opportunistic’ and suggested she used the show to drum up a ‘media circus’ for her own benefit


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