The Bachelor's Bella Varelis responds to 'gross' claims about her young stepdad

The Bachelor's Bella Varelis responds to 'gross' claims about her VERY young stepfather - and insists he has a 'blessed' relationship with her mother despite their 13-year age gap

By Zoe Burrell For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 03:01 BST, 29 September 2020 | Updated: 03:01 BST, 29 September 2020

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Fans of The Bachelor couldn't resist fawning over runner-up Bella Varelis' handsome - and surprisingly young - stepfather during hometown visits last week.

And on Tuesday, the 25-year-old marketing consultant spoke at length about her stepdad, Dean, on the podcast Life Uncut.

Bella admitted she found it 'so gross' that some viewers described Dean as 'younger' and 'hotter' alternative to leading man Locky Gilbert. 

Admission: On Tuesday, Bella Varelis (pictured) opened up about her stepdad, Dean, on the podcast Life Uncut saying that it's 'so gross' people dubbed him 'younger' and 'hotter' than the show's lead Locky Gilbert

Admission: On Tuesday, Bella Varelis (pictured) opened up about her stepdad, Dean, on the podcast Life Uncut saying that it's 'so gross' people dubbed him 'younger' and 'hotter' than the show's lead Locky Gilbert

'Oh my god, it's so gross,' she said.

'I saw a meme that was something like, "When Bella's stepdad is the hottest thing to walk in on the Bachelor 2020," and I was like, "Wow."'

Bella explained that Dean has a 'blessed' relationship with her mother, Kim, despite their 13-year age gap

Age gap: The reality star added that her mother, Kim, and Dean (pictured) had a 'blessed' relationship despite him being '13 years younger' than her mother

Age gap: The reality star added that her mother, Kim, and Dean (pictured) had a 'blessed' relationship

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