Laurina: The Bachelor and I were 'flogging a dead horse'
SHE has been labelled a reality TV villain, but Laurina Fleure believes she's just misunderstood.
The model and fashion designer was booted off Ten's dating show The Bachelor tonight and has been one of the show's most talked about personalities.
She caused another stir tonight, kicking up a fuss when Blake Garvey scratched his eye while she was talking to him.
"I'm really into behavioural psychology and I think body language speaks a bit stronger than spoken language," Fleure told APN.
"So for him to behave like I was really boring him or that he wasn't really present was a much bigger sign than what it may have looked to someone else."
Fleure later returned the favour by abruptly interrupting Garvey to get a mint from her handbag.
"To be honest, I think the connection was quite dissolved by that stage. We were sort of flogging a dead horse," she said.
"It was a bit of an awkward, contrived conversation by that point."
Earlier in the series, her reaction to her first one-on-one date with Garvey, when they went bowling and tucked into some street food, became a social media sensation spawning the viral hash tag #dirtystreetpie.
"There were times when I felt a bit fragile about it, but ultimately the things they were hating on me for were bits of manipulation in the edit," she said.
"I would love to get in there and justify myself, but ultimately they're hating my character on the show. They don't see the whole story. I know if they did then they wouldn't feel so strongly with such a negative stance. It's just water off a duck's back."
Back home in Melbourne, the 30-year-old beauty still keeps in touch with fellow "bachelorettes" Zoe, Sam and Chantal.
Her online fashion boutique, Pialia, has also received a lot of traffic from the show.
"The dress I wore on the first night has sold out three times. There are so many girls wanting it for their formals. It has been incredible."
She said Queensland fashion designer Lisa Hyde has a good chance of making it to the show's grand final, when Garvey will chose one woman to pursue a relationship with after the cameras stop rolling.
"I think she's got a very, very good chance. She gets along really well with Blake; they laugh a lot together and he's really easy and comfortable with her," she said.
"It's a really challenging environment, so kudos to Anna and Tim (from season one) for still being together. Only true love will prevail."
The Bachelor Australia airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on Channel 10.