Spoilers for The Bachelor. Peter Weber has already narrowed down his ladies—it feels like his season has gone by incredibly quickly, right?—and included in that number is contestant Victoria Fuller. We always knew she’d be one to watch, partially because she was on a date with Weber on October 2 with singer Chase Rice that was heavily spoiled online—and turned out to be very dramatic. And later, Fuller’s choice to model for a problematic brand led to her challenge prize, a Cosmo digital cover, being retracted.
But things really came to a head during the hometowns episode, in which Weber’s ex, Merissa Pence, who says she had mutual friends with Fuller, approached Weber and shared with him some rumors about Fuller—rumors that Fuller had played a role in breaking up other couples, among other things. (Fuller had commented on all the drama, somewhat, on in an Instagram she posted before the show, saying that she’d be able to tell her time of the story when the time was right.) Weber and Fuller nearly broke up over it, but he ultimately let Kelsey Weier go rather than say goodbye to Fuller.
Here’s everything we know about Fuller.
Fuller is 25 and from Virginia Beach (as is Weber’s ex, Pence, which obviously becomes important later). It’s not…totally clear what her profession is? According to her LinkedIn, she was a recruiter at TEKsystems (although the company says she hasn’t worked there in over a year), and is also a substitute teacher within the Virginia Beach public school system. Her Instagram says she’s a medical sales rep, but it’s unclear where or whether she’s currently employed full-time. She graduated from Old Dominion University in 2015 with a degree in economics.
Before the hometowns episode aired, Merissa Pence went on record to talk about Fuller.
“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.” (Yeesh.) And: “It was three weeks out that she was about to leave for The Bachelor and she just became a very self-centered person and we were all out for our friend’s birthday and she was just acting crazy. Just wanting all the attention and it was very distasteful.” (YEESH.)
And then there’s this: “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…She just thinks that the world revolves around her and she’s the hottest thing that’s ever hit this planet.”
Then, in the episode itself, Pence—whose face was randomly blurred, but who had gone public with her name and side of the story before and after it aired—pulled Weber aside and told him about the rumors. Weber then had a very combative conversation with Fuller, who lashed out at him. Fans were expecting Fuller to get kicked off the show, but she still managed to make it through to the Fantasy Suites.
Fuller hasn’t recently commented about the show goings-on except obliquely, per one of her posts about “crying”:
And one after the hometown episode in which she thanks Weber for believing in her:
Pence and Fuller had a pretty rough confrontation once Fuller had returned to Virginia Beach after filming was over, apparently. Allegedly, Fuller called Pence a “f*cking loser” then tried to wait for her outside the bar—Fuller denies this and says Pence threatened to fight her. Pence denies this.
I’ll admit, all of this feels very different from Fuller’s early show behavior, in which she came off as vulnerable, sweet, and insecure. It seems like there’s a lot to unpack here, but great news: We’re about to get some revelatory Fuller interviews.
This is quite interesting, because usually the top three contestants don’t end up on WTA because of filming conflicts/the producers not wanting to ruin the ending. But Reality Steve confirms it:
So TBD on what that means for show spoilers, but this is very likely the moment Fuller has been referencing for a while, where she will tell her own side of the story in relation to the “rumors.” I won’t spoil the whole thing for you (Reality Steve has the deets on his Twitter, if you care), but I have the feeling things might not go totally as planned for her. She does have the opportunity to talk to Weber about getting really defensive and pushing his complaints back on him during hometown dates. And she apparently does address some of the stuff that happened before the show (more on that below). So be ready for some major updates.
During a date in the first international destination of the season, Costa Rica, Fuller won a modeling challenge. The prize was a digital cover of Cosmopolitan, and the modeling photos taken in Costa Rica of Fuller and Weber were intended to go on the cover. However, after finding out about Fuller’s pre-show decision to model for a brand that appropriated the “White/Blue Lives Matter” term and branding to address the overfishing of marlins, Cosmo pulled her cover. Wrote editor-in-chief Jessica Pels in a statement:
It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I found out that the woman I’d chosen had, in her past, modeled in an ad campaign wearing White Lives Matter attire…My team and I had many long discussions about how we wanted to address this issue. We’d already printed the fashion shoot in our March issue, complete with an inset of the cover, and of course the episode had already been filmed. Ultimately what felt right was choosing not to publish the digital cover on our website or social feeds, and simply being honest with you, the audience we respect, about what happened and where we stand.
Fuller, in her Instagram Stories weeks later, apologized for her involvement with the brand. She spoke about her commitment to marlin conservation and her stance in support of those affected by racism. She did not add the post to her Instagram feed, so the story is now gone.
Let’s break it down. The two were at a Chase Rice concert, and lo and behold, it turns out that Fuller had dated or been involved with Rice. So, in a nutshell, imagine you’re dating this really cute guy, and the two of you are headed on a whirlwind date. Then who should the producers pick as the musical act for your date but your ex-boyfriend? Fuller looked so mad, and then unfortunately she and Weber both had to talk to Rice in front of the cameras.
There is a 0 percent chance that situation wasn’t intentional on the producers’ part. TBD on whether she ends up getting the final rose after all this craziness, but we know this situation wasn’t enough to get her sent home at the time.
Before the show even started, local sources were busy speaking to Reality Steve about Fuller and her rumored pre-show dating behavior. Obviously, these were all just one-sided takes on a situation, but Reality Steve said he’d “never” heard so many negative rumors (important: just rumors!) about one contestant. Ever.
Here’s everything we know about how Weber’s season ends.
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