Why 'Bachelor' Star Corinne Still Says "Nanny"

by Marenah Dobin

I may be in the minority here, but I absolutely love Corinne Olympios on this season of The Bachelor. And I don't mean this in a "love to hate" sort of way. She has really grown on me and I feel bad that fans (and haters) are really giving her a hard time, especially about the nanny thing. And it turns out there's more to that story. While appearing on an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Bachelor contestant Corinne explained why she says she has a "nanny" even though it causes people to judge her.

Corinne explained, "'Nanny' is a word that I use for her because I have a lot of respect for her and she's kind of like a mother figure to me. I don't really like to say 'cleaning lady' or 'housekeeper.' So 'nanny' to me is more of a respectful word for her." That makes sense to me.

I'll never get over Jasmine asking Corinne if she has kids when she first mentioned her nanny, and Corinne replying, "I am the kid." But based on Corinne's explanation now, it sounds like there's a lot more to it.

Corinne also shared that Raquel has been a part of the Olympios family for a long time. "She's been with us for 18 years," the 24-year-old year explained. "She moved with us to Florida from New Jersey. She's kind of like my everything. She raised my sister. She helped my mom through cancer."

This means that Corinne has known Raquel since she was around six, a time when Raquel probably did act as her nanny in a more traditional sense. Since Raquel has remained with the family for that long, I can see why Corinne might continue to refer to her in terms of the original role that she had.

Corinne also said, "She's part of our family. She's not like my nanny, like my babysitter."

Personally, I also think "nanny" can be used as a term of endearment. I mean, I referred to my own grandmother as "nanny," not in reference to the occupation, but just as a name for my grandma.

After watching the episodes so far, she admitted to DeGeneres, "Yes, I definitely could have explained it better."

So, if you ask me, people should lay off the nanny thing. She does not actually have a babysitter; Corinne is just lucky to have a person in her life who cares about her and has become a true part of her family. End of story. Make fun of something else. Or better yet, just don't.