“I was shocked,” Olympios exclusively tells PEOPLE of Viall’s decision to send her home on Monday night’s episode of The Bachelor. “Clearly we had the best hometown date. It was super, super tough on me.”
“I’m over it [now]. I’m really over it because that’s just kind of the women that I am. But it was shocking,” she continues. “My sister got me through it. Coming home to my sister and doing fun stuff just really got me through all of it.”
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From introducing the world to her nanny Raquel to going topless on her first date with the leading man, the Miami native instantly caught the attention of Viall (and Bachelor Nation fans!) with her aggressive antics, quickly becoming one of the series’s all-time most notorious villains.
“I love myself,” says Olympios. “I think being unapologetic and being myself is the best way to me. I wouldn’t change a thing about myself. There’s always room for growth though. It’s only up from here.”
Despite having a successful hometown visit with Olympios — and benefiting from a $3,423 shopping spree picked up by the 24-year-old — Viall just didn’t see a future with the self-described multi-million dollar business owner.
“Going back to reality was obviously very difficult, but I just threw myself into it to get past all the hard feelings at the time,” she says.
Now, Olympios is working on releasing her own clothing line and contemplating giving love another chance on Bachelor in Paradise. She told Jimmy Kimmel on Monday night she has “mixed feelings” about heading seeking love on the beachy spin-off: “It’s too early too tell.”
The Bachelor continues with a one-hour episode Monday at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the two-hour Women Tell All special at 9 p.m., both on ABC.