Written by Melanie Burton, August 8, 2016

She the contestant everyone loves to hate on this year’s The Bachelor.

But perhaps it’s time to cut Keira Maguire some slack given it’s just emerged that she’s hardly had an easy life, growing up in a polygamist cult started by her dad Alistah Laishkochav – who had nine wives and 64 children.

Yep, say what?!

Keira was born in Bells Beach, Victoria, and according to Woman’s Day, the family were shut off from the outside world. They spent barely any time with anyone other than their families, and were told that outsiders were “evil.”

The mag claims polygamy was encouraged, and the mums would take turns sharing a bed with another wife and Alistah, while the kids slept 15 to a room.

In 1992 they moved to Byron Bay, and then in 1993, amid accusations of child abuse, the cult separated and Keira – then seven, her mum and five siblings moved to Queensland to start a new life.

Five years later, Alistah was charged with 22 counts of child sex offences relating to the cult, and in 2000 was jailed for 7 and a half years, aged 71. He later died in jail.

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Credit: Facebook. Three of Keira’s brothers, from left to right: Ty, Shath and Sean.

These days, the mag says Keira keep herself separate from her family, only catching up for special occasions.

And, rather than talk about her dad, she apparently claimed to Bachelor producers that her “father died 30 years ago.”

Addressing the reports today, Keira told the Daily Mail, “I am not in a position to comment on Alistah Laishkochav. My mother removed my family from that environment when I was five years old, over 25 years ago.

“I was brought up by my mother and grandmother in Brisbane in a loving, caring and compassionate household. I had a wonderful childhood and I am extremely grateful to both my mother and grandmother for the upbringing which they provided me and my siblings.

“Although I have since met and reunited with my family, I have never had a relationship with Alistah Laishkochav. Alistah Laishkochav is not relevant to who I am nor does he define me.”

Poor Keira!

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