By Caleb Taylor For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 01:52 BST, 10 August 2020 | Updated: 02:57 BST, 10 August 2020
The Bachelor hasn't even premiered yet, but it's already at the centre of a scandal.
On Monday, reports surfaced that Locky Gilbert had secretly guaranteed one of his contestants, Bella Varelis, a place in the final two before filming began.
According to Woman's Day, the 30-year-old got in touch with Bella, 32, via mutual friends earlier this year and they made a 'deal'.
'He promised her top two': The Bachelor is rocked by wild claims that Locky Gilbert (pictured) made a 'secret pact' with contestant Bella Varelis to guarantee her a place in the finale
'They have mutual friends and spoke before the show. There was chatter he promised her she'd be top two,' a source claimed.
The insider added that Bella and Locky hit it off straight away in the mansion, and their seemingly instant connection upset some of the other women.
They also alleged that Bella was a 'producer's pet' who played up her emotions and delivered for the cameras.
Is it true? According to Woman's Day, the 30-year-old got in touch with Bella (pictured) via mutual friends earlier this year and