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In this season of The Bachelor, Emma Roche has been put in the very unlucky box labelled ‘clinger’.
It’s a trope as common on the reality TV show as the ‘villain’ and ‘wifey’ edit, and it usually leads to some pretty unnecessary social media bullying (You only have to cast your mind back to the horrible comments directed towards last year’s designated ‘clinger’ Cass Wood for proof).
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It’s an uncomfortable portrayal, no doubt down to some crafty editing, but speaking to Mamamia after bachie Matt sent her packing on last night’s episode, Emma said she decided to just embrace it.
“Oh, I just have to own it don’t I?” she laughed. “Look, it’s not ideal to be labelled as a clinger but they have to paint it on someone every season, don’t they, and this year it was me. It is what it is and I just have to accept it and ride the wave.
“Initially I was pretty shocked, but I just need to accept it for what it is and laugh along.”
Emma’s lucky that this isn’t Australia’s first Bachelor rodeo, and we’re pretty in tune with how good (or… bad) ~editing~ can make a person come across.