‘The Bachelor’ Alum Nick Viall Warns Instagram Users to ‘Be Careful’ With Their Comments, Says He Feels ‘Self-Conscious’

After competing on both Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of The Bachelorette, his own season of The Bachelor, and a season of Bachelor in Paradise, Nick Viall simply hasn’t been lucky in love. But that doesn’t stop the haters online. The Bachelor alum says he got a ton of hurtful comments on a recent Instagram post — words that made him feel “self-conscious” about his body.

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Former lead of ‘The Bachelor’ Season 21 Nick Viall wasn’t happy with the comments on his Instagram picture

In one of the former bachelor’s Instagram posts, Viall shows off his muscles in a mirror selfie.

“Because I get dumped AGAIN on National TV tonight,” Viall wrote in the caption, a reference to ABC’s 3-hour special of Bristowe’s season. Viall was the runner-up to Shawn Booth. As a result of his post, the Bachelor alum received several comments that he later revealed hurt his self-esteem.

Viall began in another Instagram caption: “Dear internet, I never thought you would make me self conscious about my body.” But the Instagram comments made him feel horrible. The mentions of Viall’s “weight, eating habits, and mental health,” hit him hard.

“All from posting a post-workout pic where I looked particularly lean,” he complained.

“… be careful with your words before you give your feedback on people’s physical, emotional, or mental health,” Viall advised his social media followers. Why? Because others’ words had a big impact on Viall.

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“I have never lacked confidence about my body (I know this isn’t news to most of you),” The Bachelor alum wrote,” but if the internet can get to me it can get to anyone.”

While many internet trolls feel safe behind their screens, Viall wanted them to know how they affected him.

“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,” the former Bachelor in Paradise contestant said. “So I’m here to say it did.”

Viall encourages Instagram followers not to comment on others’ weight

“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,” Viall continued. Or that I eat bacon and snickers ice cream bars everyday.”

The Bachelor alum made the point that it’s not useful to comment on other peoples’ physical appearance, because you have no idea what’s going with them.

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“The next time you want to criticize someone based on a bad angle, just be careful,” Viall reminded his Instagram followers. “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.”

But, the two-time Bachelorette contestant also assured fans that he’s “OK.”

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