A young woman believed to be at the center of a viral essay is speaking out after her former prom date’s fiancée penned a provocative essay that has gone viral.
Victoria Higgins, 22, a Missouri State University senior, writes a weekly column for The Odyssey, a website that posts blogs targeted to various colleges and universities.
In language that appears to be mocking her fiancé’s high school prom date, she wrote: “I wish I could say I’m sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever."
The essay has gone viral since it was published last week.
Inside Edition has caught up with Brandon’s prom date, Shelby Hicks, who was asked what she thinks of Higgins’ provocative words.
“That is me," she said. "I went to two proms with him, so it's hard not to take it personally."
She wishes the couple the best and says she never wanted anything long-term with Brandon.
“The last thing I wanted was a wedding dress and wedding ring from him," she said.
Since publishing the piece, Higgins has been labeled a "psychopath" and "scary lady."
She says she was shocked at the fierce reaction.
"I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep," she told Inside Edition. "People have been messaging him, telling him to run and saying I should be in a psych ward, that I’m the mayor of crazy town."
Higgins and her fiancé say it's all a big misunderstanding. She never intended to target his prom date.
"The feedback from everyone — that really hurt me as well because I hate seeing such a beautiful strong woman being hurt the way she did," he added.