The 27-year-old dental student is back and ready to find love again after being dumped by Brad Womackon the last season of the Bachelor. Ashley should have no problem picking up the pieces with over 25 suitors vying for her love!
On the debut episode tonight, Ashley opens up to host Chris Harrison about her insecurities when she reveals her fear that the men will be disappointed when they learn she is the Bachelorette. Ashley also reveals she is already familiar with one of the contestants – Bentley Williams – whom a former “Bachelor” cast member has warned her is there for the wrong reasons.
And now that filming is complete, the important question is did Ashley find love? “All those questions are things you’ll have to tune in to find out,” was Ashley’s coy reply during a conference call with the press last week. “I will say I’m happy with the way things turned out with me, but you’ll have to tune in and see the rollercoaster,” she added.
Ashley also reveals the entire process was more difficult than she expected. “Going into it, I knew I would have a whole other set of hard times but I didn’t expect it to be as difficult as it was. I definitely learned a lot about myself. I guess I prefer to be on this side but it was not easy at times, that’s for sure,” she said.
As for her ex Brad, Ashley makes it clear she has definitely moved on from him. “I think Brad is a great guy but we both needed different things in our life,” said Ashley. She continued, “And especially after meeting all these men, I realized how Brad wasn’t the best fit for me and I wasn’t the best fit for Brad.”
The Bachelorette premieres tonight at 9/8c before moving to its regular timeslot of 8/7c.
TELL US – ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW SEASON? THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S PREMIERE?
Emily Calls It Quits. What Will Happen to Brad Woeisme?
In an absolutely unforeseeable, unpredictable, and downright shocking turn of events, it appears that two-time Bachelor star Brad Womack and his fiancée Emily Maynard have called it quits. Again. For good. This time. For real. Now, I realize that I really shouldn’t be surprised. After all, of all the seasons and all the engagements, the only couples who have made it down the aisle are Trista and Ryan Sutter, and that guy with the kid who dumped his original pick on live television to go for the runner-up. I kid, I kid…Jason and Molly Mesnick, such a cute couple. Not to mention, Brad doesn’t exactly have the most stellar track record–he didn’t even pick a lass his first time on the merry-go-round. I mean, the actual show dubbed him “The Most Hated Man in America” in an effort to hype his sophomore season.
According to Life & Style, Emily ended the relationship by phone on April 9th because her beau was “not acting like a fiancé, and she’s knows that he’s not going to change.” Sources add that Brad was far from the perfect fiance. He reportedly ignored Emily for days at a time, until she finally picked up the phone to tell him it was over. “Emily has spent nights alone in bed crying,” a source tells Life & Style. “[She was]waiting for Brad to call her back or pick up the phone when she’s called him.”
The article additionally claims that Brad made an offer on a house without even consulting his (much, much) better half, and that recent erratic behavior led Emily to believe that Brad may have been unfaithful. That erratic behavior includes Brad skipping out on trips to go visit Emily & her 5-year-0ld daughter Ricki in Charlotte. “He’s backed out of plans to come and visit her,” says a friend. “He’s even gotten drunk and canceled a flight at last minute.”
As Bachelor fans will certainly recall, Emily expressed concern about Brad’s temper to host Chris Harrison on After the Final Rose, even admitting the couple had split briefly after the filming commenced. OK Magazine also cited pressure to move to Texas and fit in with Brad’s lifestyle as a reason for the breakup.
So why only speculation at this point? Life & Style reports that Emily was contacted by ABC on April 13th with a friendly reminder of her binding contract not to disclose the details of their (now nonexistent?) relationship until ABC gives its permission. ABC is reportedly encouraging Emily to try to work things out with Brad, because they want Bachelor couples to make it down the aisle. Emily, who has stopped wearing her engagement ring, also explained to a friend that Brad is “insecure and not stable.” And she does not want to subject daughter Ricki to his nasty temper.
“She wants to be in a happy, healthy, loving relationship, and if she could make things work with Brad she would be ecstatic,” says the friend. “But for her daughter’s sake, Emily fears that she has to move on. She just doesn’t know what else to do.”
Not to bring up any sour grapes, but heck yes Brad wants to get married. We knew that before he’d picked Emily when the show was still in production…mainly we knew that when Brad’s former on-and-off girlfriend Laurel Kaygay went to US Weekly in February. Laurel revealed text messages Brad sent to her before he left to film the Bachelor, some imploring he’d like to marry her. I know, I know. “Consider the source!” you’re thinking. I’m just saying that maybe he does really want to get married…he just may not be concerned about the “to whom” part. Either way, current girlfriend Emily may be better off…
I (admittedly) watched this past season of the Bachelor religiously, and I really liked Emily. She seems like a down-to-earth chick who is not only making decisions for herself, but also considering what’s best for her young daughter, little Ricki. And honestly, if ABC plays its cards right, Brad could pull off the Triple Crown of Bachelor stints…seriously, girls who just want to be on television have done much crazier things for their fifteen minutes of fame.
TELL US – DID EMILY MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION IN DUMPING BRAD? DO YOU THINK BRAD IS A CHANGED MAN?
In Touch Weekly via the HollywoodLife is reporting that Brad is currently house hunting in Texas, wanting Emily to move in with him. “[Brad] looked at a four-bedroom, three-bathroom house house in a gated community in Meridian Park” reveals a source to In Touch.
It is however uncertain as to whether Emily is on the same page. “Her house isn’t for rent, her dogs just had puppies and Ricki’s in school. I don’t she’s planning on uprooting any time soon,” a neighbor of Emily says. But whatever their living conditions are, the couple is still together for the time being.
Meanwhile, Brad decided to delete his twitter page two weeks ago, just weeks after joining, which of course led to break up rumors. Emily however set the rumors straight telling a fan, “Honestly I think Brad is just too busy to be on Twitter and felt bad he couldn’t keep up with everyone. I was surprised he got it!”
Bachelor host Chris Harrison also adds that “Brad got on Twitter to shoot down crazy rumors, and kind of to defend himself, but Twitter became news and it became what he was trying to get away from.” Probably a better idea to try to keep their relationship as private as possible.
TELL US – SHOULD EMILY UPROOT TO TEXAS WITH DAUGHTER RICKI?
The duo released a statement yesterday admitting that while things have been bumpy at times, they are still in love and dedicated to one another.
“At long last, Emily and I can be open to the world and each other about our relationship. Though we are madly in love, it has been a bumpy couple of months for us and our priority right now is to focus on our relationship,” said Brad, 38, and Emily, 25. “We hope that you can respect our privacy as we return to normalcy and begin our off-screen lives together,” they added in the statement.
Meanwhile, Bachelor host Chris Harrison appeared on the Ryan Seacrest radio show yesterday morning during which he revealed Brad and Emily have broken up more than once before. “They actually broke up a couple of times. They both are incredibly stubborn, they’re very much alike and neither one of them give. And they’ve had some knock-down drag out fights,” said Chris.
Brad and Emily also grace the latest cover of PEOPLE magazine, out tomorrow, opening up about their relationship to the mag.
“I’m so happily engaged. I’ve never been happier, I promise you that,” Brad tells PEOPLE. “The hardest part is behind us,” adds Emily. “I feel pretty confident if we can make it through [the past three months], we can make it through.”
The mag also teases that Brad and Emily might be trying to have a baby despite their bumpy relationship thus far.
And finally, despite the not so positive response from fans of the show, ABC is moving full speed ahead with Ashley Hebert as their next Bachelorette. The network in fact released some new promo images of Ashley, 26. Those photos are below!
Michelle Money, who is arguably the craziest most controversial contestant on this season of theBachelor, is once again making headlines for the wrong reasons.
Whether it be waking up with a random mysterious black eye on the show or being overly aggressive with Brad Womack, Michelle is definitely making her mark on the show.
The latest is now a Life & Style magazine cover story in which Michelle herself admits she had an affair with NBA star Carlos Boozer — while he was married. Michelle tells Life & Style, “Yes, I was in a relationship with Carlos while he was still married. What I did was wrong.”
Michelle, an actress and single mother to 5-year-old daughter Brielle, claims what any good homewrecker claims, which is that she was under the impression Carlos was separated from his wife Cece at the time, though he didn’t file for divorce until March 2009, while he and Michelle were already involved.
“I should never have been so naive to assume what I was told was true,” Michelle says. “I’m not trying to shy away from the fact that he was still married. I don’t put that on Carlos. I don’t put that on anyone but myself. I feel terrible for Cece for that pain she’s had to go through and that I am a part of it.” Following Carlos’ split with his wife, he and Michelle ended things in June 2009. “All I can do,” Michelle says, “is try to do better with my life. I screwed up. But I can only try to do the best I can.”
In other Bachelor news, tonight’s episode, which has yet to air, is already proving to be a controversial one. The reason? It all has to do with a NASCAR date involving Emily Maynard.
See Emily, 24, a single mother to a young daughter, was 19-years-old when her then fiance and race car driver Ricky Hendrick died in a plane crash. A few days later, Emily discovered she was pregnant.
So while most people can imagine the kind of pain and trauma Emily has been through, it seems the producers of the show aren’t quite seeing it the same way. Emily’s first date with Brad had her flying on a small plane with him, something she was scared to do of course, but that wasn’t enough for the producers as her group date with Brad on tonight’s show has them visiting a NASCAR track. In the preview clips shown, Emily can be seen having a negative reaction to the date.
In a new interview with PEOPLE magazine, host Chris Harrison is defending the show and the date, claiming it was already planned before Emily was cast.
“This date and season were set up before Emily was cast. She ended up on the NASCAR date by happenstance. But we’re not stupid. We knew her story by that point so we had a choice to make. We could have told Brad or warned Emily. We chose to let the real-life drama play out,” says Chris. “It forced Emily to face demons I don’t think she’s dealt with. It also forced Brad to learn the rest of the story … It was either going to blow up in their face with Brad realizing, “I can’t handle this. I can’t replace this guy,” and Emily realizing she’s not quite ready, or they would move through it.”
The new episode of the Bachelor airs tonight on ABC at 8/7c. A photo of Emily and Ricky is below.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS SEASON OF THE BACHELOR SO FAR & MICHELLE’S ADMISSION? IS EMILY’S NASCAR DATE TOO CRUEL?
Following weeks of heavy promotion, the new season of TheBachelor featuring Brad Womack is set to premiere tonight on ABC!
On the 2-hour premiere, Brad, 38, will move into the familiar Los Angeles mansion, where he will be greeted by 30 bachelorettes. Yes 30, a huge difference from the 20 bachelorettes Jake Pavelka had to pick from last season. So why the additional ladies? “We’ve added episodes and gone to two hours of late. It helps us fill some voids and make it more compelling,” explains show host Chris Harrison.
Also on tonight’s episode, we will get to see Brad, who makes it very clear that he has done some soul searching and gotten intense therapy for his commitment issues, meet up with the two ladies he dumped from his 11th season of the show. Yes, Jenni Croft and DeAnna Pappaswill be appearing on tonight’s show. The good news is that both ladies have since moved on as Jenni is now married and DeAnna is engaged.
We can also expect to see a very buff Brad in many shirtless scenes this season. “The rule with Brad is he could not have his shirt on more than 30 percent of the time,” Chris joked. “It’s an incredibly sexy season.”
And finally, an happy ending awaits us this season as Brad himself as confirmed he definitely falls in love and picks someone. “I did find somebody, I did fall in love … a true love story happened,” stated Brad.
The new season of the Bachelor airs tonight at 8/7c.
TELL US – WILL YOU BE TUNING IN TONIGHT? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE PREMIERE EPISODE?
Has the Bachelor Padcreated yet another real like couple? That answer is yes!
Following their on screen flirting, it seems Gia Allemandand ABC resident bad boy Wes Hayden are now officially a couple.
The duo, pictured above on Friday at Melanie Segal’s MTV VMA Retreat in Beverly Hills, California, expressed their fondness for one another on the show with Wes even proclaiming his love for Gia. However, things could not go any further as Gia had a boyfriend at the time.
The two then reunited during the Wednesday taping of the show’s finale and reunion. With Gia now being single, it seems they are giving things a go. According to RadarOnline, Gia and Wes “were acting like a couple,” Friday night at the Voyeur nightclub.
“They were whispering in each others ears and smiling a lot,” says a source. “At one point, Gia grabbed Wes’ arm and pulled him close for a kiss. They were holding hands for most of the night and disappeared together at about 1:30 am.”
The finale of the Bachelor Pad airs tonight, and host Chris Harrison tells Zap2it that fans will be in for a big surprise. Coming up in tonight’s finale, Dancing With The Stars pro dancer Edyta Sliwinska makes a cameo appearance when she teaches Jesse Kovacs how to dance, much to the dismay of Jesse’s crazy pants girlfriend Elizabeth Kitt. Jesse and Elizabeth are still dating by the way.
The final six includes Tenley & Kyptin, Natalie & Dave, and Elizabeth & Jesse. The finale episode airs tonight on ABC at 8/7c.
E! News reported weeks ago that the former Bachelorette contestant was hesitant about doing the show, citing that Chris no longer wanted to be on television.
The show host Chris Harrison is now speaking out and tells PEOPLE magazine Lambton has yet to completely rule out the offer.
“There’s an ongoing dialogue,” Harrison tells PEOPLE. “I was just with him this weekend in North Carolina and we talked about the show … it may be right for him, but it may not be.”
Harrison admits only Chris knows what is best for him. “You have to take aside the clamoring of millions of fans [who] want him to be the Bachelor just because they [want] to wish him well,” Harrison says. “But they don’t necessarily know what’s right for him or what’s right for the show.”
In other news, engaged Bachelorette star Ali Fedotowsky continues to talk about her dream wedding, you know, the wedding that will likely never happen when you take into account the extremely high failure rate of Bachelor couples.
But perhaps things will be different for Ali and her fiance Roberto Martinez. When it comes to her wedding dress, Ali tells UsWeekly, “I’m leaning towards Monique Lhuillier. I like her. I like the flowiness of her dresses.”
And it seems Ali is aware of the low success rate of Bachelor(ette) couples, but she states she and Roberto are very devoted to each other. The two have even recently moved in together in LA. “We don’t even think of it like ‘are we going to make it a month? Are we going to make it six months?’” she said. “When we’re talking about doing things, we’re like ‘babe, we have the rest of our lives, that can wait, we can do that later, we have out whole lives.’ We’re going to make it!”