Bachelorette Australia contestant Bec Pressing has described her and castmate Carissa Croft as “very close friends” after exchanging romantic social media posts.
Carissa Croft and Bec Pressing both competed on the new Bachelorette season, currently screening on Network 10.
For the first time, the show has featured a mixed gender cast compete for bisexual Bachelorette Brooke’s affections.
On Tuesday, Bec posted a gorgeous photo of the two of them cuddled up on a beach at sunset, leading many to believe they were going public with a new relationship.
“Words cannot express how much you mean to me,” she wrote.
“To think I’ve only had you in my life for 5 months is insane, because I can’t imagine it without you now.
“I love you to the moon and back.”
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But now Bec has clarified she’s not in a relationship with Carissa and the pair are just “very close friends”.
“I’m so sorry to disappoint you all. At this stage, @carissacroft and I are just very close friends,” she wrote on Instagram.
“She’s going off to work on yachts, so my previous post is a gesture of my love and appreciation for her and our friendship after saying our goodbyes.
“Timing doesn’t always work out, but you never know what the future holds. I will be forever grateful to have her in my life. See you in three months.”
Bec Pressing was eliminated from the show in late October. Just one episode later, Carissa departed too.
On the show, Carissa pulled Brooke aside to tell her she was leaving the mansion because she “couldn’t fall in love this way”.
The 30-year-old Queenslander later explained to the Courier-Mail, “As time went on I was creating really strong relationships within the mansion. And I wasn’t managing to develop that strong connection with Brooke.
“It got to the point where I felt like I was betraying my friends who had connections with her.”
Bachelorette Australia has franchise’s first mixed-gender cast
In May, Network 10 announced bisexual Brooke Blurton was the first bisexual star of Bachelorette Australia.
The 26-year-old youth worker has both men and women vying for her attention in a shake-up for the show.
It’s the first time ever either The Bachelor or Bachelorette has had a mixed gender cast.
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