Emily Maynard has revealed commitment issues ended her engagement to ABC’s most recent “Bachelor,” Brad Womack.
During an interview, which aired on “The Bachelorette” on Monday night, Emily hinted to franchise host Chris Harrison that Brad was unable to give her the support she needed in the relationship, an issue that came up after she was getting ready to move to Austin, Texas, where Brad is based.
“As a single mom, I don’t have the luxury of saying, ‘I’ll just figure it out when I get there. Everything will go away when I get there,’” Emily told Chris, referring to parenting her young daughter, Ricki, who is just 6.
“I need to know that the person I’m moving for is gonna wanna be with me six weeks down the road, much less six years and I didn’t have that reassurance and maybe we didn’t have what it takes to last forever,” a tearful Emily continued. “When I get married, I want it to be forever. I think that’s what makes this so hard is [I] just remember that and how things took such a turn, and I don’t know how it happened.”
Emily said there were a number of things that made her think the couple’s relationship was doomed.
“Little red flags would come up in our relationship. 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,” Emily told Chris. “I didn’t doubt that we loved each other, I just doubted, you know, if he was still gonna wanna be with me.”
Chris said Brad actually gave his blessing to the interview, where Emily confirmed the pair’s relationship is definitely over.
“I thought we’d be planning a wedding the next time I saw you,” Emily told Chris. “We’re not engaged anymore, but he’s… always gonna be a huge part of my life,” she said.
While the couple has split, Emily said she will continue to have a place in her heart for Brad.
“I’ll always be in love with Brad,” she said. “No one will ever hear me say a bad word about him nor will I tolerate anybody else saying anything bad about him. Not a day will go by that I don’t regret how things have turned out and wished thing were different.”
Reports that things weren’t working out between Brad and Emily surfaced almost immediately after the two-time “Bachelor” picked her for the final rose on the most recent season of the show, which ended in March.
The couple finally confirmed they had split in late June.