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The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe: I Was Judged for Having Sex with Nick Viall 'Because I'm a Woman'

Originally posted 06/25/2015 12:05PM

The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe opens up about getting intimate with a suitor and stands by her decision. Subscribe now to hear what she has to say about having sex on the show in this exclusive interview, only in PEOPLE!

Kaitlyn Bristowe knew that her choice to get intimate with Nick Viall on The Bachelorette would be met with controversy – however, she's standing by her decision.

In a chat with PEOPLE Now, Bristowe, 30, was candid about the reason for the mass outrage that took over the Internet on Monday: "Because I'm a woman. I think it's a double standard, for sure."

Indeed, Bristowe is certainly not the first person in the Bachelor franchise to reach the next level in a relationship with one of the contestants – however, she is the only one to be so candid about it.

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Ali Fedotowsky Sounds Off on Bachelorette Controversy: 'Slut-Shaming Is NOT COOL!' | The Bachelorette, Ali Fedotowsky

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Ali Fedotowsky Sounds Off on Bachelorette Controversy: 'Slut-Shaming Is NOT COOL!'

Originally posted 06/24/2015 03:45PM

Bachelorettes have to stick together!

Former Bachelorette leading lady Ali Fedotowsky is jumping to Kaitlyn Bristowe's defense on her personal blog to counter the negative reaction Bristowe received for scenes of intimacy between her and Nick Viall.

On Monday's episode, Bristowe and Viall took their date back to her Dublin hotel room, where moans behind closed doors implied pretty clearly what had happened. The next day, Bristowe told ABC news she got caught up in the moment. She also said that her relationship with Viall, a finalist on Andi Dorfman's season of the show, just moved "a little quicker than the others."

Unfortunately for Bristowe, some viewers felt it was too quick and were vocal in their judgment.

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Kaitlyn Bristowe's Bachelorette Blog: 'This Is Hard, and It's Hard to Relive' | The Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe

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Kaitlyn Bristowe's Bachelorette Blog: 'This Is Hard, and It's Hard to Relive'

Originally posted 06/23/2015 04:30PM

The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe opens up about getting intimate with a suitor and stands by her decision. Subscribe now to hear what she has to say about having sex on the show in this exclusive interview, only in PEOPLE!

Kaitlyn Bristowe is the Bachelorette! She charmed her way into the hearts of the Bachelor Nation – and nearly the Bachelor himself, Chris Soules, on season 19 of The Bachelor. Now Kaitlyn has begun her own journey to love.

I really, really wanted to chirp Ian ruthlessly, but I didn't have to. He did enough damage himself. I understand that it doesn't feel good when feelings aren't reciprocated, but try and exit with some dignity. I have nothing more to say about Ian; I've already wasted enough time on him. Men Tell All should be fun.

I know no one will ever understand how hard rose ceremonies are. They always come after a week of being emotionally drained. And while having the rose ceremony at The Alamo was amazing, I couldn't really take it in knowing the difficult decision ahead of me.

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Kaitlyn Bristowe on What Happened Behind Closed Doors on The Bachelorette: I Have Nothing to Be Ashamed Of

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Kaitlyn Bristowe on What Happened Behind Closed Doors on The Bachelorette: I Have Nothing to Be Ashamed Of

Originally posted 06/23/2015 07:10AM

The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe opens up about getting intimate with a suitor and stands by her decision. Subscribe now to hear what she has to say about having sex on the show in this exclusive interview, only in PEOPLE!

About last night ...

On Monday's episode of The Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe did something shocking: She got intimate with her boyfriend.

The only catch? Bristowe, 29, still has several other boyfriends on the show.

Despite an emotional breakdown and a cliffhanger ending, Bristowe tells PEOPLE she wouldn't change her actions and feels no regret regarding her relationship with Nick Viall, 34: "That's something I don't think I should be ashamed of."

So why was she crying?

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The Bachelorette: Nick Viall Tweets About Getting Intimate with Kaitlyn Bristowe: 'Sex Is Not Shameful'

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The Bachelorette: Nick Viall Tweets About Getting Intimate with Kaitlyn Bristowe: 'Sex Is Not Shameful'

Originally posted 06/23/2015 01:00AM

The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe opens up about getting intimate with a suitor and stands by her decision. Subscribe now to hear what she has to say about having sex on the show in this exclusive interview, only in PEOPLE!

In the worst-kept secret of this season of The Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe and newcomer Nick Viall got busy behind closed doors on Monday's episode.

Bristowe has previously defended herself against the backlash from critics who she said slut-shamed her, but Viall leaped to her defense on Twitter on Monday night after she told the other Bachelors that she'd hooked up with him.

"Kaitlyn showed a lot of courage by admitting 2 having sex on national TV knowing that she will be unfairly judged by some," he wrote.

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The Bachelorette Recap: Kaitlyn Feels Guilty After Getting 'Intimate' with Nick

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The Bachelorette Recap: Kaitlyn Feels Guilty After Getting 'Intimate' with Nick

Originally posted 06/22/2015 10:00PM

Given the core premise of the The Bachelorette, the amount of suitors who have felt plainly entitled to Kaitlyn Bristowe's affections is pretty shocking.

Last week, Ian tore into Kaitlyn for being a "shallow," "surface-level" person while practically waving his Princeton degree above his head like a flag as a replacement for any real character traits other than "deep." It was obvious that he just felt stung over the fact that Kaitlyn didn't feel as strongly for him as the rest of her suitors, and he reacted by puffing out his chest, insulting her under the guise of "honesty" and shaming her for kissing other guys.

Like most people who judge others, Ian was a hypocrite, telling cameras that he "has a lot of sex" and that he'd love his own shot at being the next Bachelor.

Monday's Bachelorette picked up following that painful conversation and only got more uncomfortable when Kaitlyn got intimate with Nick and spent the rest of the episode beating herself up about it and worrying that Nick would tell the rest of the guys about it. (He has a history of kissing and telling, after all.)

Also, Shawn – who had been a favorite so far – continued to be butthurt over Nick's general presence and by not being the sole focus of Kaitlyn's affection. Shawn, come on – your cast bio says you like One Direction. I expected more from you. I was hoping you'd be a Liam girl.

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Find Out Which Popular Actress Is in a Bachelorette Fantasy League

Find Out Which Popular Actress Is in a Bachelorette Fantasy League

Originally posted 06/17/2015 03:45PM

Sure, she starred on a show called Shameless, but in reality Emmy Rossum is mortified to admit the depth for her reality TV obsession.

While guest co-hosting Live! With Kelly & Michael on Wednesday, the Showtime star opened up about her "sport" of choice.

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Kaitlyn Bristowe's Bachelorette Blog: A Guy Who's 'Marriage Material' and One Who's Bachelor Material | The Bachelor

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Kaitlyn Bristowe's Bachelorette Blog: A Guy Who's 'Marriage Material' and One Who's Bachelor Material

Originally posted 06/16/2015 07:00AM

Kaitlyn Bristowe is the Bachelorette! She charmed her way into the hearts of the Bachelor Nation – and nearly the Bachelor himself, Chris Soules, on season 19 of The Bachelor. Now Kaitlyn has begun her own journey to love.

Enter Nick. Talk about uncomfortable. He just walked right into the lion's den, and I could feel the tension through the TV. It was actually pretty tough for me to watch because I really saw with my own eyes how much the guys cared. Joshua was so sweet when he questioned Nick calling me a "cool chick." He is such a good, ol' fashioned country boy. I never ever meant to be disrespectful to Joshua or any of the other guys by having Nick stay. I just had to follow my heart, and my heart told me to give Nick a chance.

It's also such a strange world where it's okay for me to "explore my options" while the guys are only there for me. Actually in this case NOT all of them were there for me and they TOO explored options. (If you recall there were two Bachelorettes!) And I am so sorry that a lot of people see a problem with this. But there was an attraction with Nick, and I had to pursue it. I was still getting to know these guys, it didn't feel too late, and this was something I just had to do.

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The Bachelorette Recap: Ian Self-Destructs, Slut-Shames Kaitlyn | The Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe

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The Bachelorette Recap: Ian Self-Destructs, Slut-Shames Kaitlyn

Originally posted 06/15/2015 10:00PM

What is actually up with the Bachelorette contestants this season?

With each passing episode, a new suitor completely self-destructs. After Ryan M., Kupah and Tony, Monday's episode had former front-runner Ian going completely off the rails over a bruised ego. He also slut-shamed Kaitlyn while going on about all the sex he has and how he's such a great catch. Oh, and he thinks he'd make a great Bachelor. More on that nonsense below.

Also, Joshua had his own Britt Nilsson-style meltdown over Nick's entry into the competition, but he wasn't the only one unimpressed with the newest arrival.

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The Bachelorette Sneak Peek: Kaitlyn Bristowe Finds Herself in a Tense Argument After Nick Viall's Return (VIDEO)

Originally posted 06/12/2015 04:45PM

The Bachelorette is about to get more uncomfortable than ever – and no, we haven't forgotten that time JJ Lane slapped himself in the face, Mark Wahlberg-in-Fear-style.

While none of Kaitlyn Bristowe's suitors on The Bachelorette were particularly impressed by her decision to add Andi Dorfman reject Nick Viall to the roster, Shawn Booth seems to take the news more poorly than the rest.

In an exclusive sneak peek at Monday's episode, Shawn won't even refer to Nick by his name, but only as "the other guy. To me, he's just 'the other guy.' " He then predicts (threatens?) that his upcoming conversation with Kaitlyn will be a "turning point" in their relationship.

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