The Bachelor's Irena Srbinovska takes a swipe at 'influencer' Bella Varelis

EXCLUSIVE: The Bachelor's Irena Srbinovska takes a swipe at her fame-hungry rivals including Bella Varelis - saying she 'wants to be real, not an influencer' as she continues her romance with Locky Gilbert

By Ali Daher For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 03:05 BST, 5 October 2020 | Updated: 04:22 BST, 5 October 2020

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The Bachelor may be over for the year, but the rivalry between winner Irena Srbinovska and runners-up Bella Varelis and Bec Cvilikas is still going strong.

The latest chapter of their feud concerns Bella and Bec, both 25, getting the 'blue tick' on Instagram, while 31-year-old nurse Irena remains unverified.

When approached for comment on Monday, Irena took a subtle swipe at her former co-stars by saying she has no interest in chasing fame or becoming an 'influencer'. 

Keeping it real: The Bachelor winner Irena Srbinovska (pictured) says she has no interest in becoming an influencer, telling Daily Mail Australia that spruiking discount codes is the last thing on her mind

Keeping it real: The Bachelor winner Irena Srbinovska (pictured) says she has no interest in becoming an influencer, telling Daily Mail Australia that spruiking discount codes is the last thing on her mind

'I'm not about being an influencer, just about being real,' she said pointedly.

Irena also clarified that she hadn't received a blue tick yet for one simple reason. 'I haven't even applied for it,' she said. 'I don't really care about it.'

It comes just days after eagle-eyed fans noticed that Bella and Bec, who placed second and third respectively on The Bachelor, were verified on Instagram.

Some thought it was unusual that the aspiring influencers would get the blue tick before Irena, who actually won Locky Gilbert's heart on the show. 

Taking the high road: As her co-stars rush to get verified on social media, Irena said: 'I'm not about being an influencer, just about being real.' Pictured: Bella Varelis (left) and Bec Cvilikas (right), who placed second and third respectively on The Bachelor and who were both recently verified on Instagram

Taking the high road: As her co-stars rush to get verified on social media, Irena said: 'I'm not about being an influencer, just about being real.'

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