Leaving their days of receiving red roses on ABC behind, The Bachelor alums were the ones dishing out jabs and clapbacks at each other on Friday as they engaged in a fiery Twitter feud.
It all started after Martinez, 23, watched the June 4 episode of The Bachelorette in which Becca Kufrin confronted Colton Underwood about his relationship with her close friend and former Bachelor contestant, Tia Booth.
Though both Underwood and Booth have said that things between them didn’t work out, Martinez tweeted otherwise when she shared a photo of Booth sitting in Underwood’s lap, which was previously posted by RealitySteve.
“Tia+Colton: ‘yeah Becca, we’re both 100% over each other! we’re TOTALLY not planning on getting back together/probably engaged the minute we’re in paradise (we’re gonna get so many followers from this manufactured narrative lol),” Martinez wrote.
Gates quickly reacted to Martinez’s tweet to defend close friend Booth.
“Make sure you follow @whats_ur_sign_ so she can get those followers so she can stop talking s–t about her friends.. like tia!! And Becca!! Come on now hurry up!!” Gates said in a since-deleted tweet. (But don’t worry, Bachelor Nation had the receipts to prove it!)
To which Martinez replied, “Girl I would never talk s–t on Becca because she’s as real as it gets. That’s the reason I tweeted that thing about Colton and Tia in the first place, because it looked like they both played her on this one.”
However, it didn’t end there as Gates said, “You know that Tia didn’t. And you’re entitled to your opinion. I don’t like the situation either, but if you said you’d stop bashing Tia, then you should keep your word.”
The feud showed no signs of slowing down, with Gates cryptically tweeting about the social media showdown without mentioning Martinez’s name.
“How can people be so full of hate all of the time? Aren’t you tired??” she wrote before taking down the tweet.
“How can you hate on your ‘friends’ constantly?? Why’d you delete your first tweet that was directly aimed at me? Why don’t you just @ me?”
The back-and-forth ultimately resulted in Gates deleting a majority of her tweets and blocking Martinez on Twitter.
“Just so you guys know, Bekah tweeted something rude & unnecessary to create drama & I went to stick up for my friend who can’t respond right now. I decided to delete the tweets & I blocked her bc I don’t want to keep engaging with someone who will continuously drag her ‘friends,’ ” Gates later clarified, after condemning Martinez for being “so cruel.”
“It’s so sad that people find their self worth from being mean and hateful to their friends,” Gates tweeted about Martinez.
It didn’t take long for Martinez to respond as she tweeted, “1. keep acting like Tia and I were besties since that’s the best you can do here. 2. there are not enough twitter characters to address the rest of your self-contradicting bulls–t.”
While Underwood and Booth have spoken out about their brief fling in January, Kufrin did not take the news of them dating well, especially considering the fact that she and Tia are actually good friends.
“I’m not going to lie — I don’t know how I feel about it,” she said during the June 4 episode. “It makes me feel a little bit sick. I’m very attracted to you, I really like where our conversation was on night one and I feel like we had a lot in common, but it’s a very tricky situation. It puts me in a very strange position. It’s just a lot to take in right now.”
At the beginning of the year, Underwood and Booth met up in Los Angeles for a date, and a few weeks later, he learned that he had been selected to be a contestant on Kufrin’s season.
“I just wanted to make sure they would give each other a chance,” she said. “I didn’t want Becca to see our friendship as the most important thing and not give him that chance.”
The Bachelorette airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.