AceShowbiz - Amanda Stanton makes it clear that she has been making responsible choices amid the coronavirus pandemic. After getting backlash for going public about her trip to Arizona to get her and her daughter's hair done, the season 20 contestant on "The Bachelor" defended her decision through a lengthy social media statement.
In an Instagram Story post issued on Monday, May 18, the reality TV star assured others that she and her 8-year-old daughter Kinsley have been staying in quarantine since March 14. "I haven't even gone to the grocery store," she stressed. "I hadn't had my hair done since January and my hair stylist who I have been going to for years JUST opened her salon."
Explaining that she would rather get an appointment before more people came to the salon, Amanda who lives in California added, "There were only a few people in the salon today and I knew every single person in there very well and trusted them. Not a single person in there was a stranger or even close. We were also very safe."
Amanda further noted that before making the trip, both she and Kinsley tested negative for COVID-19. She also planned to get back into "quarantine again before we see my family or anyone." In a following statement, she emphasized, "I'm confident that I've been making responsible choices during this time and proud of myself!"
To those criticizing her for posting her trip to a different state, Amanda pointed out, "Well, I posted it because I really don't think I have anything to hide." She went on to say, "I choose to be honest with you guys when I could choose not to be. I've seen so many people traveling by plane, hanging out in groups etc and doing much worse and not receiving ANY hate."
Earlier on the same day, Amanda shared a photo of herself on Instagram Story. Over the selfie, she wrote, "Drove very very far to get my hair done & may have peed on the side of a dirt road because I'm scared to use public restrooms." She also noted in the same post, "But it was worth it," before adding, "I feel like a new person."
On Monday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state plans to relax the stay-at-home order. During a press conference in Napa, he stated that hair salons may be allowed to reopen in a few weeks around the same time sporting events may be allowed to resume.