'Bachelor' Brad Womack's Ex DeAnna Pappas: Brad & Emily Maynard Are For Real!

Mon, April 11, 2011 5:08pm EDT by Add first Comment

Brad may have broken DeAnna’s heart, but now she is happy that he has found love — ‘I hope they can do it!’

Bachelor Brad Womack may have left DeAnna Pappas heartbroken when he didn’t propose to her during the finale of his first go on the show. But now that he got a second chance and is engaged to Emily Maynard, DeAnna thinks Brad and Emily have found real romance!

“I’m hoping they can pull through,” DeAnna tells theFrisky.com.  “They’re trying. Brad was there last week with her and her daughter, and I think that’s wonderful. I think we were all taken aback on After the Final Rose by how cold they seemed to be to each other. But I was happy to see that in a way because that’s real.”

“When the couples come on and act like everything is honky dory and it’s all roses and butterflies — it’s not,” DeAnna continues. “We’re frustrated because we’ve been locked in a closet for eight weeks while the show is airing. It’s tough. On top of the tabloids and blogs and all the articles bashing everyone, it is tough to make a relationship from that show. I hope they can do it.”

Plus, “I rooted for Emily from day one,” DeAnna adds. “She seems like a great girl, a great mother, and someone who can balance Brad out.”

Deanna, who is now engaged, says she actually enjoyed watching Brad attempt love again.

“It was fun to get to know a new Brad,” DeAnna admits. “I was so proud to see him open up and experience it way more than he ever did last time. It was good to see him have an open heart and open mind, especially knowing who Brad was before.”

“I hope they can make it work. I really do,” DeAnna says.

BFFs — are you still rooting for Brad and Emily?

- Lindsey DiMattina

MORE BACHELOR STORIES:

  1. WHY BRAD’S OFF TWITTER!
  2. LISTEN TO EMILY’S SONG!
  3. BACHELORETTE ASHLEY’s MEN ARE STD-FREE!