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Bella Varelis says Instagram was hacked after bank details were uploaded


The Bachelor‘s Bella Varelis has denied accidentally uploading a screenshot of her bank balance on Instagram last week.

The former Bachelor star, 26, made headlines after a post briefly appeared on her Stories showing a bank app with more than $98,000 in a savings account.

But Bella told Pedestrian on Wednesday the screenshot was not of her bank account and also claimed her Instagram profile had been hacked.

Hacked: The Bachelor's Bella Varelis has claimed her Instagram was hacked after bank account details were uploaded on her Stories then swiftly deleted last week

Hacked: The Bachelor’s Bella Varelis has claimed her Instagram was hacked after bank account details were uploaded on her Stories then swiftly deleted last week

She said: ‘My Instagram was hacked and that wasn’t a screenshot of my bank account.

Bella added that she took down the Story as soon as she was able to regain access to her Instagram.

She insisted she did not upload the screenshot and denied any suggestion she’d posted it deliberately to show off her earnings as an influencer. 

‘I understand it comes with the territory but the hate messages shouldn’t be,’ she said.

‘Didn’t anyone think to themselves, “She’s obviously been hacked?” Who would actually willingly share their bank details?’ 

Not her details: Bella said the screenshot was not of her own bank account and took it down as soon as could log back into her account. She added: 'Didn't anyone think to themselves, "She's obviously been hacked?" Who would actually willingly share their bank details?'

Not her details: Bella said the screenshot was not of her own bank account and took it down as soon as could log back into her account. She added: ‘Didn’t anyone think to themselves, “She’s obviously been hacked?” Who would actually willingly share their bank details?’

The bank account post was first reported on Sunday’s episode of Outspoken the Podcast, hosted by journalist sisters Amy, Kate and Sophie Taeuber.

The presenters described how the bank account in question included an everyday account with $560 and a savings account with more than $98,000.

The Taubers noted that some fans felt Bella’s savings did not match the lavish lifestyle she portrays on social media.

Money matter: Details about the fake bank account post on Bella's Instagram were discussed on Sunday's episode of Outspoken the Podcast, hosted by journalist sisters Amy, Kate and Sophie Taeuber. Pictured is Bella

Money matter: Details about the fake bank account post on Bella’s Instagram were discussed on Sunday’s episode of Outspoken the Podcast, hosted by journalist sisters Amy, Kate and Sophie Taeuber. Pictured is Bella

Bella’s latest luxury purchase was a Louis Vuitton Loop handbag, valued at $3,250.

She has also shared photos on Instagram of herself in designer outfits, staying at five-star hotels and dining at trendy Sydney hotspots. 

One of the Outspoken hosts said Bella’s bank balance had caused a stir on Instagram because ‘what influencers earn is such a big secret’.

Talking points: They described the post had an everyday account of $560 and savings account with over $98,000

Talking points: They described the post had an everyday account of $560 and savings account with over $98,000

Smoke and mirrors? The Taubers noted that some fans felt Bella's savings did not match the lavish lifestyle she portrays on social media. Bella's latest luxury purchase was a Louis Vuitton Loop handbag, valued at $3,250 (pictured)

Smoke and mirrors? The Taubers noted that some fans felt Bella’s savings did not match the lavish lifestyle she portrays on social media. Bella’s latest luxury purchase was a Louis Vuitton Loop handbag, valued at $3,250 (pictured)

They added: ‘While we might get an insight into their potential earnings – designer goods and flashy lifestyle – it’s always hard to determine what they’re actually paid for and what they’re actually gifted.’

The Taubers were impressed that Bella had managed to save up $98,000 by the age of 26, but they questioned how the screenshot of her bank account was ‘accidentally’ posted on her Instagram Stories in the first place. 

One host noted some fans were sceptical it was even an ‘accident’ and suspected she had ‘purposely’ shared the post as a ‘flex… to show how much money she has’.

All for show? The Taubers were impressed that Bella had managed to save up $98,000 by the age of 26, but they questioned how the screenshot of her bank account was 'accidentally' posted on her Instagram Stories in the first place

All for show? The Taubers were impressed that Bella had managed to save up $98,000 by the age of 26, but they questioned how the screenshot of her bank account was ‘accidentally’ posted on her Instagram Stories in the first place 

Bella is best known for being the runner-up on season eight of The Bachelor. She had her heart broken by Locky Gilbert, who chose nurse Irena Srbinovska instead.

She had already been working as a lower-tier influencer before joining the show.

As of Tuesday, she has 105,000 followers on Instagram. Most industry experts say an influencer needs at least 100,000 followers to make a good living off social media. 

Reality TV fame: Bella is best known for being the runner-up on season eight of The Bachelor. She had her heart broken by Locky Gilbert (right), who chose nurse Irena Srbinovska instead

Reality TV fame: Bella is best known for being the runner-up on season eight of The Bachelor. She had her heart broken by Locky Gilbert (right), who chose nurse Irena Srbinovska instead



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