Bachelor NZ contestant Fleur Verhoeven has learned the hard way not everyone can grasp the concept of a joke on social media.
Verhoeven, who is currently on a 15-day cruise through the Pacific Islands with fellow Bachelorette Shari Flavall, decided to share the result of her overindulgence at the buffet table on Instagram yesterday, posting a photo of her bare stomach with the caption "Buffet or baby?"
Unfortunately for Verhoeven, her joke about a "food baby" soon had her Instagram followers in a frenzy over whether or not she was actually pregnant – and asking if the "baby" was Jordan Mauger's, the man who dumped her just days after she was revealed as the winner of The Bachelor NZ.
Shortly after, Verhoeven removed the "buffet baby" photo from her account, and posted another photo, writing: "Well, that escalated quickly."
She further clarified: "No, I'm not pregnant. That was supposed to be a joke."
We don't imagine the incident dented Verhoeven's fun on the cruise ship too much.
As part of the Pacific Pearl's maiden voyage to Rarotonga from Auckland, she and Flavall are enjoying stops at Suva, Port Denarau, Dravuni Island, Nuku'alofa and Vava'u.