After her engagement to The Bachelor star Brad Womack came to a speedy end last year, we wouldn’t have blamed Emily Maynard for swearing off dating shows forever. At the time, the single mom told People that she wanted to “move on and get back to normal.” But now it looks like the 25-year-old single mom is getting back on the reality wagon once more, by agreeing to star in ABC’s The Bachelorette! Although ABC has remained silent on the matter so far, show producers are reporting that Emily has inked the deal.
The move comes as something of a surprise, considering that she recently seemed against the idea of appearing on the show. Emily was rumored to have turned ABC down last year, and over the summer she straight up tweeted, “I don’t want to be The Bachelorette.” And it’s not like she’s in love with the show’s format. During her Bachelor tenure, she was reportedly very concerned about being a good role model for her 6-year-old daughter, Ricki. She made it clear that her overnight date in the “Fantasy Suite” with Womack only included talking, and at moments she seemed genuinely uncomfortable with the whole selection process.
Fame addiction doesn’t seem like the reason, either. She’s kept a pretty low profile since her television days, denying romantic associations with footballer Jeremy Shockey and Most Eligible Dallas’ Matt Nordgren. So why the change of heart? Well for a start, the ABC offered to move the production from Los Angeles to Emily’s hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, so she can remain close to her daughter and not disrupt her family life too much. Perhaps she’s determined to find love on the small screen. We’ll have to wait ’til the summer to find out!
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