Bachelorette star Hannah Brown revealed that she can relate to Meghan Markle's struggle with fame in an interview for ABC’s The Year: 2019, which airs on Sunday, December 22. The reality star was thrust into the spotlight while starring on the hit ABC show, and she dealt with slut shaming after she had sex with contestant Peter Weber in a windmill during fantasy suite week.
Hannah explained how she identified with the comments Meghan made during her ITV News interview with Tom Bradby in October. Meghan got candid about the difficulties of adjusting to life on the world stage and thanked Tom for taking the time to ask how she was holding up.
"Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable,” Meghan said while fighting back tears. “And so that was made really challenging, and then, when you have a newborn, you know? As a woman it's really, it's a lot. So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom and trying to be a newlywed, it’s um … And also thank you for asking, because not many people will have asked if I'm OK. But it's a very real thing the pressure to be going through behind the scenes," she added.
Hannah acknowledged that she's not on the same level of fame, but admitted that Meghan's sentiments resonated with her. "I’m not a royal or anything, but I kind of understood that, because when people watch you and are enamored and so obsessed, and think that they know you, but don’t really ask how you are, it feels really good when somebody does. And that you’re able to have that conversation," she explained.
She continued, "Whether it’s with a microphone in your face or if it’s just a friend having coffee with you. It’s really nice for somebody to ask, ‘How are you? Are you OK?' Even though she got criticism, which I think is ridiculous, people have to remember that she’s human and it’s OK to have human emotion and to express that. It doesn’t mean she’s ungrateful, it’s just being a real human and saying that sometimes life’s hard.”
Hannah has been praised by fans for her vulnerability. She confessed that she was "struggling" in a candid Instagram post in August.
"I’m struggling. Life is so different. Since last August, I’ve been a pageant queen, a Bachelor contestant, and The Bachelorette. I’ve been in love with multiple people, I got engaged, I broke off an engagement, and I shared it all with millions of people. My faith has been questioned by thousands who don’t know my heart, and my transparency with my decisions has labeled me promiscuous. Simultaneously, I’ve become a role model for young women and started bigger conversations around faith, and sex. I miss my friends and family that have watched my life explode. I feel guilty because I don’t have the time or emotional capacity to fill each of them in on my life right now. I can’t keep up with the people that matter most, because I can barely keep up with my own life right now. I am not complaining about this past year of adventures. The woman who has emerged would shock the mirror-image young girl from a year ago. However it’s uncharted territory for me, and it’s been hard to really process what the heck is going on," she wrote.
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