DeMario Jackson feels vindicated after 'Bachelor in Paradise' premiere

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"We're just really trying to show the everyday life of you know, what I've been doing before getting involved in this reality television".

'I never thought, "Oh, I'm gonna kill myself", but it crossed my mind, ' Jackson confessed. "It was a great time to take that negative situation with Corinne and DeMario and relate it to real life and turn it to a positive thing", he said. "Like, I don't even want to live anymore.' And she, like, lost it".

The 30-year-old reality star told ET on Tuesday: 'I signed up for this reality.

"I feel guilty, because my mom didn't sign up for this, and she's been getting harassed, people tweeting at her, on her Instagram saying, 'Your son's a rapist, '" he revealed. "It was extremely hard for me and my family. And I just want to say I'm sorry to them".

Now, Jackson says he feels vindicated by the footage.

"I feel like they rolled enough of the tape, ' DeMario - who's having 'much happier thoughts now" - agreed.

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"The public, they need to see something". "My worry was for DeMario and Corrine because we knew what happened, but it was so unfair the way that people were speaking about DeMario and the blame he was getting and the frightful things said to him and Corinne both - it broke my heart because I thought no matter if everything is cleared up, people are still going to associate something bad happening with Corinne and DeMario". "We're friends", he continued. He is on this season of Bachelor in Paradise, so of course, if he finds love there he won't be available for the show.

Critics were unsatisfied with how the return was handled, with the strongest condemnation coming from Vulture's Ali Barthwell, who called it "one of, if not the most, egregious and irresponsible discussions about sexual assault I have ever seen". Host Chris Harrison appeared back at the resort at which "Bachelor in Paradise" is filmed to address the cast, assuring them - and those tuning in - that a thorough investigation had been completed and the show would be moving forward.

Warner Bros. changed their policies and contestants now have a two-drink maximum (per hour) and must receive permission from producers before entering the 'Boom Boom Room'.

The cast also addressed racial implications of the hookup between Jackson and Olympios, suggesting that "a stigma" surrounding interracial relationships had played into the hype. "Not only is consent important, but it's also to get rid of the stigma that interracial couples can't be or blaming African-American men for crimes they didn't commit".

"Obviously everything came out clean, but I empathize with DeMario a lot more just because I mean obviously we had a Black male, white female", he said according to the magazine.

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