Claudia talks about driving into a power pole after her ex cheated on her

Claudia's big, sensitive heart - not to mention her other perky assets - scored not only Zac's attention, but captured most of the audiences affections throughout this season of The Bach  (which made last night's rose ceremony filled with even more ominous piano interludes than usual).

However, after news about Claudia's struggle with mental health hit the media last month, some questioned whether it was ethical allowing her to be on the show in the first place. 

Early on in the season, Claudia told Zac she broke 19 bones in her body at one time during a car accident. She later revealed that this accident happened because she intentionally drove her car off the road, after discovering her boyfriend cheated on her, in January last year. 

At the time, my mental state wasn't that great... I kinda just didn't see how I was going to work on it. How I was going to be able to overcome this. And something just completely came over me.  

Some were concerned about how Claudia would cope if she didn't receive a rose from Zac.

Clint asked: "Did anybody along the way say to you, 'are you sure going on a reality TV dating show is a great idea for you?'" 

Kara adds: "I was terrified this was gonna end in a disaster for you."

This morning Claudia conceded her family initially wasn't over the moon about her going on a dating show.


My mum was kinda like, 'boys aren't your strong suit... How? Why do you want to do this? 

However, Claudia says she's stronger than ever and even claims that her previous experiences made her better equipped than some of the other girls to deal with The Bachelor's unique and strange -or as Clint describes: "a bit Gloriavale"- dynamic. 

We're stoked to see ya in such good spirits Claudia! As Kara said: "you dodged a bullet girl."   

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