• Rachel Lindsay shared a photo of sunflowers and an inspirational quote as she returned to Instagram Saturday
  • Lindsay's followers were happy to see that she is back on Instagram after deleting her account
  • She deactivated her account in late February after getting harassed by "Bachelor" fans

Rachel Lindsay has returned to Instagram just a little over a week after she decided to deactivate her account due to online harassment.

On Saturday, the former "Bachelorette" star marked her return to the platform by sharing a photo of sunflowers and an inspirational quote.

"I want to be like a sunflower so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight," she wrote.

Lindsay also shared a clip and photo on her Instagram story, telling her fans that she went hiking in Los Angeles. She shared that while it was her first time hiking in L.A., she's a longtime supporter of @anderfins who challenges people to go for a run. She also shared a video of the view and captioned it: "Good vibes only."

Lindsay's fans were happy to see that she's finally back on Instagram. Many gave her a warm welcome on the platform by leaving sweet and supportive messages in the comments section.

"So happy to have you back, hoping you are feeling refreshed and loved," Chelsea Vaughn commented.

"Here for you. Glad you’re back," Ali Manno Fedotowsky added. "All the love coming your way," Katie Thurston wrote.

Lindsay deleted her Instagram account on Feb. 26 after receiving online harassment amid the ongoing controversy involving racism in the "Bachelor" franchise. Her "Higher Learning" podcast co-host Van Lathan said viewers and fans of the show were spamming Lindsay with "all kinds of rude and hateful things."

"I woke up, looked at my phone, one of the first things I saw [was] something negative and I said, 'You know what? Not today. Not even this weekend,' and currently still not now because I'm still disabled," Lindsay explained on the podcast, as quoted by Entertainment Tonight.

"It was the best decision that I could do for myself to detach from that negativity," she added. "I needed that. I feel so much better. I'm not 100 percent, but I feel lighter."

The controversy stemmed from "Bachelor Nation" host Chris Harrison's failure to denounce former "Bachelor" contestant Rachael Kirkconnell's past racist behavior, which included attending an Antebellum South-themed party and wearing Native American attire as a costume, during an interview with Lindsay.

After receiving backlash, Harrison apologized and announced that he will be "stepping aside" from the franchise for a while.

Meanwhile, "Bachelor" stars like Becca Kufrin, JoJo Fletcher and Nick Viall all showed their support to Lindsay on social media. Her husband, Bryan Abasolo, also shared a photo of them together and expressed how proud he was of Lindsay.

Executive producers of the "Bachelor" franchise also condemned the online harassment Lindsay received. The management said the attacks directed toward her were"totally unacceptable."

"As executive producers of The Bachelor Franchise we would like to make it perfectly clear that any harassment directed towards Rachel Lindsay in the aftermath of her interview with Chris Harrison is completely unacceptable," they said in a statement. "Rachel has received an unimaginable amount of hate and has been subjected to severe online bullying, which, more often than not, has been rooted in racism. That is totally unacceptable."

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Rachel Lindsay has nothing but good things to say about “Bachelor” star Arie Luyendyk Jr. Pictured: Rachel Lindsay attends 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2017 presented by Capital One at The Forum on Dec. 1, 2017 in Inglewood, California. Getty Images/Frazer Harrison