Merissa revealed in an interview with Us Weekly on February 13, that she dated Peter, 28, in 2012 for five months. “We had a great relationship,” she said despite the short duration. “It was casual and I got to meet his parents and his brother and we would just, like, hang out at his parents’ house and go out to lunch or dinner or whatever.”
She added, “We were friends for quite a while after our breakup, but then I was in a serious relationship and Peter had started dating someone else as well, so we really didn’t chat too much.”
Merissa later moved from Los Angeles to Virginia Beach, where she met Victoria, 25, through mutual friends. “Our first encounter was that she told me she was going to slash my tires because I was hanging out with one of her ex-boyfriends,” Peter’s ex claimed.
“If there is a guy she wants, she’s like, ‘He’s mine.’ There is a one-way street there and nobody else is getting involved,” Merissa told Us. “She just thinks that the world revolves around her and she’s the hottest thing that’s ever hit this planet.”
On the January 12 episode of The Bachelor, Victoria appeared on a group date where the women modeled clothing. The medical sales rep said she struggled with confidence before she got on stage and strutted in lingerie. “Actually the most disturbing thing so far of all of this was the lingerie episode that she just acted like she was this coy person,” Merissa told Us. “The people in Virginia Beach are even seeing that that’s not you at all. You’re always the one in the bar wanting attention.”
On the upcoming February 17 episode, Peter goes to Victoria’s hometown. In a promo, it was teased that they bump into someone that they both know. The woman’s face was blurred out but she had a similar hairstyle to Merissa. “She brought some things to my attention that she thought that I should know,” Peter told Victoria. The couple then got into a fight.
Victoria hinted at the confrontation on Instagram. “The RUMORS you are hearing are FALSE. There will be a time & place where I can defend myself, but for now, I choose to wait,” she wrote on her Instagram Story on February 10. “HOWEVER, bullying is NOT ok. Nor is it fair. Especially when casting judgment and basing opinions upon pure speculation, assumptions, & LIES.”
The Bachelor contestant has been at the center of drama this season. During her first one-on-one date it was revealed that she dated Chase Rice who performed at a private concert for her and Peter. On one of the group dates she scoured the opportunity to be on the March digital cover of Cosmopolitan, but they later pulled her from it when it was revealed that she modeled for a company in “White Lives Matter” attire.
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