"You were my best friend."
Following the season two reunion of Love Is Blind, Abhishek Chatterjee apologised to Deepti Vempati for the comments he made about her during the Netflix show.
Abhishek posted a video on Instagram addressing his behaviour toward Deepti while filming.
In the video, he says: “I wanted to take this opportunity to really just say sorry to a woman that I know I hurt.
“Deepti, I am truly sorry for some of the things that I said.
“Things that honestly just could have been left unsaid or could have been said differently.
“Things that never should have been on national television.”
Abhishek also noted in his caption that he directly reached out to Deepti as well to apologise:
“I’m sorry, @lifewithdeeps. I’m ready to take accountability for my actions and be better.”
He added: “While I’ve reached out privately, I think it’s also important I apologise publicly for the sake of your family and friends that I’ve upset as well.”
Abhishek has come under fire by many fans for his treatment of Deepti on the show.
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He appeared to ask questions about her weight and talked to other people behind her back throughout the series about how he was not physically attracted to her.
In his apology video, Abhishek said he regrets hurting Deepti.
He said: “During the time that we were filming, you were my best friend.
“And even though I knew our relationship wasn’t going to end in marriage, I didn’t want what we had to end, either.
“I loved every second of it. And I’m so, so sorry that I hurt you with my words.
“That’s the last thing that I wanted from all this. I’m sorry.”
Abhishek sparked outrage with his behaviour during the recent Love Is Blind reunion episode, as he doubled down on his views about physical attraction.
He also compared choosing a wife to “making a huge purchase.”
Deepti also had the chance to share her feelings during the reunion, calling his comments “degrading to women.”
She added: “I just want to say it’s OK to not be physically attracted to somebody… it’s the way you go about life, it’s how you do it, it’s how you say it, that’s extremely disrespectful.”
A few hours after he shared the video, Deepti posted an Instagram photo in honour of International Women’s Day.
Alongside a photo of herself, she shared a quote attributed to writer G.D. Anderson:
“Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong.
“It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.”