The Bachelor star Gia Allemand's death this week came as a huge shock to her fans and co-stars, with insiders from the reality contestant's dating show revealing that she flew through the vetting process.
Gia who contended for Jake Pavelka's affection in season 14 of the show "was fully capable of handling it", says former Bachelor and Bachelor Pad contestant Michelle Money, People report.
Michelle last saw Gia on August 5 in New York but at the time, didn't notice anything wrong with the 29-year-old.
Four years ago, Gia successfully passed the show's extensive vetting process, which includes background checks, criminal records and employment verification. She was then chosen as a potential suitor for Jake and although she didn't win the key to his heart, she did go on to the first two seasons of Bachelor Pad.
Gia was described by former Bachelor Pad contestant, Michelle Money, as "super sensitive" (Photo: WENN)
"We take finding a suitable partner for our Bachelor or Bachelorette very seriously," show creator Mike Fleiss explained to People earlier this year. "Without that element, and without us playing for sincerity and a legitimate chance for a meaningful relationship this show wouldn't have lasted as long as it has."
To help contestants deal with the show's emotional ups and downs, a therapist is on set.
"We go to great lengths to make sure these people are okay," Bachelor host Chris Harrison says. "We have a support system."
According to Michelle Money, Gia was "super sensitive," and "when she found out someone had been dishonest with her it was really emotional for her because she is so sweet and trusting."
She goes on to add: "I wouldn't put any assumption that The Bachelor franchise shouldn't have had her cast. The thing that's hard is you never know what's going on in someone's mind. Someone can be holding their head so high, but inside they're battling these demons."
The reality TV beauty, who grew up in Queens, New York, was found by her boyfriend, Ryan Anderson, in her New Orleans home on Monday and later died in hospital in New Orleans on Wednesday.
Meanwhile Gia's mum Donna Micheletti has spoken out for the first time since the death of her daughter. Deciding to set the record straight over comments that have been made about the star, a statement from Donna through Gia's spokesperson, read:
"The family and close friends of Gia Allemand have not spoken to the media to date, nor have they posted comments or insight on Twitter. There are numerous statements and theories in the media regarding Gia’s death and her life that refer to sources close to Gia or friends of hers."
Declaring that she won't be speaking about Gia's death once the funeral for the TV star ends, Donna concluded with: "After the funeral, I do intend to speak about my dear daughter’s life and death, and will do so in an open disclosure way with a trusted media source. Thank you for all those truly concerned and God bless.”