BACHELOR’S Rachael Kirkconnell is “mentally drained” after receiving horrific death threats amid her ongoing racist scandal, a source close to her family told The Sun.
The intense backlash has taken a “huge toll” on the reality star as her parents are also in a “terrible mental place” due to the harsh comments she continues to receive.
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Bachelor frontrunner Rachael has ‘received death threats’ from fansCredit: Bachelor Nation
Rachael was slammed for attending an ‘Old South’ party in 2018
The family insider – who wished not to be named due to fear of retribution – admitted some of Rachael’s past “mistakes” are “wrong” but added the response has gotten out of control.
Following a week of tense social media scrutiny due to resurfaced photos in a viral TikTok video that show Rachael, 24, in “racist” costumes and liking controversial posts, the source confessed she is “not doing the best.”
“It’s taken a huge mental toll on the whole family. She’s getting a lot of death threats.
“Her parents have been contacted constantly because the TikTok videos posted their names publicly,” she said of Rachael’s mom and dad, Darrell and Kim.
Rachael and her family members have ‘received death threats’ from fansCredit: Facebook
The online hate has taken a ‘huge mental toll on the whole family’ including Rachael’s parentsCredit: Facebook
The source continued: “As a collective unit, they’re getting a ton of hate. We tried our best for the longest time to keep all the hate away from Rachael.
“It got really hard when people started coming to her page because she had to mediate her Instagram comments and of course to do that, you have to be aware on what’s being said.”
Last week, Rachael disabled commenting on her Instagram and her mom deleted her account entirely.
One of the violent messages sent to the Matt James frontrunner that The Sun confirmed read the fan “hopes Rachael gets skin cancer and dies from tanning so much.”
The Georgia native is a frontrunner on this season’s The BachelorCredit: Instagram
Matt James and Rachael hit it off during a one-on-one shopping spreeCredit: American Broadcasting Companies
“It’s devastating and has taken a huge mental toll on her. She won’t even watch herself on the show. She’s mentally drained and in a very bad place.
“Her mom is in a terrible mental place too. I know people won’t necessarily feel bad for her if they think she’s racist.
“But now it’s gotten to the point where she isn’t even paying for her actions. She’s paying for her friends actions and her friends of friends actions,” the insider explained.
The informant claimed one of the TikTok users who posted a video alleging Rachael is “racist” was sent a cease and desist letter as the family explores pursuing other legal options.
Rachael was slammed for dressing in a Native American costume as a teenCredit: Instagram
Another picture showed her posing with a pal in a feathered headdressCredit: Instagram
The Georgia wore an Antebellum-style dress for an ‘Old South’ ball in 2018
ABC did not respond to The Sun’s request for comment and have not publicly addressed the ongoing reaction to Rachael’s past.
The show aired an emotional televised public service announcement in March 2020 and said they aim to “do better” in future seasons which has left some viewers wondering why the show has not yet stepped in to address current concerns.
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Past photos of Georgia native Rachael were labeled as “offensive” when dug up this week as she can be seen wearing a Native American costume.
The ensemble included a beaded feathered headpiece and matching brown fringe dress.
She was also slammed by fans for 2018 photos of the contestant which show her attending a controversial “Old South” party.
Many fans predict Matt James will pick Rachael on the season finaleCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Rachael has yet to address the online backlash against herCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The bash is described as an “antebellum plantation-themed ball” by the college fraternity that throws it, Kappa Alpha.
Kappa Alpha has been criticized as “racist” due to its embrace of Confederate General Robert E. Lee as its “spiritual leader.”
Through the ongoing backlash, the insider said Rachael has learned from her “ignorance” and will be coming forward with a statement soon.
The reality star plans on releasing a statement shortlyCredit: American Broadcasting Companies
“Rachael absolutely feels bad about going to the party. She wasn’t aware of the history because the version they throw today is marketed as an old school party, not a confederate celebration. But her ignorance is a wasted excuse at this point.
“Rachael plans to make a statement about this and then look into advocating for better education about the microaggressions disguised as ‘tradition’ regarding confederacy in southern schools.”