Bachelor in Paradise

Tara Pavlovic confirms she hit ex-partner Sam Cochrane

''When he told me he cheated on me, I hit him and cried.''

By Bettina Tyrrell
Tara Pavlovic and her ex-fiance Sam Cochrane are in the midst of a serious social media battle, and it doesn't look like it's ending any time soon.
On Monday, Sam, 31, detailed the alleged verbal and physical abuse he suffered at the hands of former fiancee Tara, 28, in an exclusive story for Woman's Day.
Today, after two days of bitter swipes on social media from both parties, Tara has admitted to hitting Sam.
In happier times, Sam and Tara became engaged on Bachelor In Paradise.
Replying to comments on an Instagram post, Tara responded to Sam's allegations claiming she did hit him, but after he taunted her over his ex-girlfriend.
Sharing her version of events, Tara wrote:
Tara and Sam are currently on separate holidays, yet are posting blows online about each other.
To add more fuel to the fire, a new video of Sam was shared on social media today, showing him begging for Tara to forgive him through tears.
The video was posted by Tara's former Bachelor cast-mate Sian Kelly, who took to her Instagram stories with two clips taken from a 27-minute long video.
In the video, Sam pleads for Tara's forgiveness: "I'm sorry I didn't come to bed with you. But If I had you back, I would do that."
"Because it's so important and you loved it. You needed to be held. I played stupid games," he wept.
He added: "I'll let go now, and I'm sorry for the messages in the nights."
Former Bachelor star Sian is a friend of Tara's. Sian's brother reportedly dated Tara prior to her relationship with Sam.
The couple broke up in June and since have had a very explosive battle in public. However, the feud intensified on Monday, when Sam spoke to Woman's Day about how Tara's partying and drinking led to abuse.
"At weekends it was this binging thing and then it would be the put-downs and the verbal attacks."
"But the next day the Tara I really liked was back and she didn't remember what she'd said, so we'd recover," Sam said.
The trouble got worse in early May after the finale aired.
In five weeks their relationship was over.
"As soon as the show wrapped everything spiralled. The relationship took a back seat, the drinking kicked in and then the violence started."
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