‘Bachelor’ Alum Nick Viall Says He Was Body-Shamed for Shirtless Instagram Pic

Nick Viall, the season 21 lead on The Bachelor and a two-time contestant on The Bachelorette, is a fairly confident guy. On the same night that ABC re-aired a 3-hour version of Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of The Bachelorette. Viall posted a shirtless picture on Instagram. However, Bachelor Nation — or perhaps just Instagram — responded to the pic in a way that made Viall feel “self-conscious.”

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Nick Viall in 2018 | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Former contestant and lead on ‘The Bachelor’ Season 21 Nick Viall poses in a shirtless Instagram picture

In Viall’s recent Instagram post, he’s holding his phone and snapping a selfie in the mirror. The former bachelor, who is shirtless in the photo, captioned the post: “Because I get dumped AGAIN on National TV tonight.”

While many Bachelor fans were supportive in the comments, several others were critical of Viall.

In a follow-up Instagram post, the Bachelor alum lamented that these comments made him feel terrible.

Viall began:

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Because I get dumped AGAIN on National TV tonight.

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Dear internet, I never thought you would make me self conscious about my body. Yet I woke up to hundreds of comments on my last post about my weight, eating habits, and mental health all from posting a post workout pic where I looked particularly lean.

The one-time Bachelor in Paradise contestant was shocked by Instagram’s response — and his own feelings about it.

“I have never lacked confidence about my body (I know this isn’t news to most of you) but if the internet can get to me it can get to anyone,” Viall warned. Viall also encouraged his followers to “be careful with your words before you give your feedback on people’s physical, emotional, or mental health.” Because for him, it had a severe impact.

“I don’t want to even admit that the comments made me feel self-conscious, but I assume many of you would think I can’t be bothered,” he continued. “So I’m here to say it did. I hope that’s OK.”

Viall accuses Instagram users of body-shaming him for posting the shirtless picture

Viall’s long Instagram caption continued:

I don’t feel like I should have to say that the past few months I have been running 4 miles a day and feel like I am in the best shape of my life. Or that I eat bacon and snickers ice cream bars everyday. If told you how much pasta I eat, I would just annoy you. 

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Nick Viall and Danielle M. on season 21 of The Bachelor | Rick Rowell/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

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However, that was not the former Bachelor lead’s message. His point was: you simply don’t need to comment at all.

“The next time you want to criticize someone based on a bad angle, just be careful,” Viall emphasized. “A pic doest tell people’s story. You could be stripping down months of work and process someone has made on their own self-improvement.”

However, the Bachelorette alum confirmed that he would “be OK.”

“I’m still pretty sure I look fantastic naked,” Viall quipped.