Former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe’s Misophonia Has Been Acting up While Self-Isolating With Jason Tartick

Families and couples have been spending a lot more quality time together recently due to Covid-19–a silver lining many have pointed out in the midst of all of this. Celebrities and reality stars are no different.

Jason Tartick and Kaitlyn Bristowe | JC Olivera/Getty Images
Jason Tartick and Kaitlyn Bristowe | JC Olivera/Getty Images

While former bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe feels fortunate to be self-isolating with boyfriend Jason Tartick, she’s also been honest (as she always is) about the ways he’s been getting under her skin.

Kaitlyn Bristowe’s sweet Instagram post about being ‘stuck in a bubble’ with Jason Tartick

“I’ve been stuck in a bubble with you before, and I’ll do it again ❤️ We are going live in a few mins to talk about my test for #covid_19
Some people are feeling lonely, and some are feeling overwhelmed with their roommates/significant others/kids etc. We just have to remember to have compassion and patience through this. Sometimes when I’m scared, I get angry and tired. It’s my way of dealing with fear,” Bristowe posted on Instagram three days ago. “Im probably driving Jason nuts! We need to use social media as a community to be vulnerable with. I’m feeling anxious and restless. How are you feeling? How can this community help?”

Amongst all the responses from stressed-out fans, Tartick commented: “I’m feeling like the things that bothered me just a few weeks ago, are SO insignificant when put in perspective. When we have our health, we have everything and I’m trying to hold onto these times so that I never forget that.”

Bristowe has said before that Tartick keeps her head on straight in trying times.

But he also chews too loudly sometimes.

Kaitlyn Bristowe has misophonia

According to Harvard Medical School, “People with misophonia are affected emotionally by common sounds — usually those made by others, and usually ones that other people don’t pay attention to. The examples above (breathing, yawning, or chewing) create a fight-or-flight response that triggers anger and a desire to escape.”

Bristowe says she has misophonia.

“Here’s my problem, I’ve got a serious case of misophonia, so when people chew around me, like, I can’t handle the sound and that just has been, like, what’s the word I’m looking for?” Bristowe said on a recent interview with Chris Harrison and his girlfriend Lauren Zima via Instagram Live (the couple’s been hosting a segment called “Group Date” where they interview members of Bachelor Nation on Harrison’s Instagram).

“Triggering?” suggested Harrison.

“Triggering!” Bristowe exclaimed. “And it’s like, he ate cereal this morning and I was not OK.”

“I’m playing doctor the last four months. I chew cereal with my mouth closed the wrong way and that’s not OK,” Tartick chimed in, laughing.

As it turns out, Bristowe isn’t the only one with misophonia. Harrison suffers from the same sensation.

“I can’t believe you’re saying this ‘cause I literally learned in probably the past two days that he was like this,” Zima said of her boyfriend. “I’d be eating and he’d go, ‘Why are you chewing so loudly?’”

“Yes!” said Bristowe. “I don’t know what it is, it’s just the sound is, like, so irritating and it sounds louder than it should and it is a trigger. People that don’t have it don’t understand how severe it is.”

“All the more reason to just drink your calories,” said Zima.

Tartick added that he believes the condition “is contagious” because he, too, has been noticing when people chew loudly.

“I’ll be out with my buddies, normally I wouldn’t care at all, and then they’re chewing and I’m giving them looks and I’m like, ‘What’s happening to me?’” he said.

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