Brad Womack's Secret Unveiled: He Dumped A Girlfriend Before Returning To 'The Bachelor!'

Wed, January 26, 2011 10:24am EDT by 10 Comments

Brad told this season’s contestants, ‘I didn’t even attempt to date … I just kept to myself.’ Too bad he was lying!

So much for Brad Womack being a changed man! Since going back on The Bachelor for the second time, he’s been telling the world he refrained from dating during his three-year stint between seasons so he could complete intensive therapy to deal with his commitment issues. Too bad Brad’s been caught in a lie! Not only did Brad date over the past three years, but he was in a nine-month relationship with a blonde named Bettina Bella that he dumped to go back on The Bachelor!

Brad dismissed Bettina during the final-three episode in his first Bachelor season. He then walked away from the show without handing out a final rose to either Jenni Croft or DeAnna Pappas, and two years later began chasing Bettina again, taking her on a slew of romantic dates and trying to win her over with his “charming” ways,” Life & Style reports.

Apparently it worked, as Bettina says their relationship carried on for nine months before he suddenly dumped her when the opportunity came up to go back on The Bachelor.

“It was strange,” Bettina says. “He was pursuing me like crazy, and then out of nowhere he went MIA!”

Brad left Bettina completely stunned, confused and heartbroken. After all, Brad told her he hated going on the show the first time!

“He said it was a bad experience,” she says. “He was really negative about it.”

But Bettina thinks Brad’s need for fame is the reason he’s back on the show.

“The show has 18 million viewers,” she points out. “It can open a lot of doors.”

Wow! If Bettina is being honest about her relationship with Brad, then Chantal O’Brien — this season’s rumored winner — had better watch out. Who knows when Brad will decide to up and leave her. Wherever Brad goes, heartbreak is sure to follow!

- Lindsey DiMattina