Recent media reports have suggested that the 24-year-old broadcast journalist may have been dating a musician named Ben Dorman, a.k.a. DJ Bijou, around the time that she was getting to know Matt James on the ABC dating show. Photos have surfaced showing Sarah, Ben and others on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico just weeks before she would have headed to Nemacolin Resort to film season 25.
This has led Sarah's team to issue a statement unilaterally denying such claims.
"Sarah unequivocally did not have a boyfriend before, during or after her appearance on The Bachelor," read the message released to E! News on Tuesday, Jan. 26. "When she took a trip to Cabo in August 2020, she did so with a group of friends, Ben Dorman being one of them. Ben and Sarah had a fun trip with their mutual friends, and while there may have been some intimate moments between them, it did not lead to a relationship. Sarah went on the trip to Cabo single and came back single, still on her journey to find love, which is why she agreed to go on The Bachelor a month or so later."
The statement continued, "Any photographs or text messages mentioned are taken out of context and a misrepresentation of the circumstances. Ultimately, Sarah left The Bachelor due the deteriorating health of her father and the awful treatment she received from the other cast members, not due to a purported relationship with Ben."
Sarah appeared to be an instant front-runner for Matt's final rose when she snagged a one-on-one date during the show's second week. But she stunned the Bachelor when she opted to walk away voluntarily the following week. On the show, Sarah explained that she wasn't "cut out" to handle drama in the house involving Victoria and other women, and she also opened up about her father's ongoing battle with ALS.
Just hours after her exit aired during the Jan. 18 episode, Sarah posted a quote to Instagram that read, "Real queens fix each other's crowns." She added that women should be "sharing encouragement instead of judgment."
This is not the first time that Sarah's personal life has been scrutinized by fans since her departure from The Bachelor. Last week, photos resurfaced from March 2020 that showed her spending time with rapper G-Eazy.