Fans are just diving into The Bachelor’s 16th season. As 13 women continue competing for Bachelor Ben Flajnik’s heart, Bachelorette fans can prepare themselves for the upcoming season. ABC confirms that Emily Maynard will be the next Bachelorette.
Maynard is a 25-year-old single mom of a 6-year-old daughter, Ricki. When Maynard was 19 she was engaged for the first time to Nascar driver Ricky Hendrick. Hendrick died in 2004 in a plane crash, and Maynard found out only days later that she was pregnant with his child. Last season she found herself engaged to Bachelor Brad Womack at the end of The Bachelor, but quickly gave him back his ring when she realized that they wouldn’t work as a couple. The pair didn’t even make it to the “After the Rose” reunion special. The failed engagement was announced in June.
"Little red flags would come up in our relationship," she told Chris Harrison during the reunion. "I came to a point where I said, 'I have to be honest with myself and with this relationship,' and I realized that maybe my want for it to work out — I wanted to be married, and I wanted to have more children, and I wanted that with him — maybe overshadowed the actual reality of the relationship."
The new Bachelorette may have ended things, but admits that she still has feelings for the Texas bar owner because he taught her that she can love again.
This season The Bachelorette is set in Charlotte, North Carolina so Maynard can be close to Ricki. After spending months apart when on The Bachelor, Maynard promised that she’d never be that far away from her daughter again, even if it was in her best interest.
Some think that it’s a big mistake for Maynard to try to find love again this way, will you be tuning in?