A heartbroken Emily opens up about her breakup with Brad, saying he never completely embraced the concept of being a full-time parent to her 6-year-old daughter, Ricki.
Brad Womack fell hard for gorgeous North Carolina native Emily Maynard on last season of The Bachelor. But the very thing that captured Brad’s heart is the same thing that has ultimately destroyed their relationship — the fact that Emily is a single mom.
“We’re no longer engaged,” she tells People exclusively. “This is my worst nightmare. I thought there was no way Brad and I wouldn’t work out.”
Emily admits that a major part of her breakup with Brad had to deal with his inability to embrace her lifestyle as a mother to her 6-year-old daughter Ricki.
“It’s hard to convey what it’s like to be a parent to somebody that has no idea,” Emily explains. “He didn’t understand why I couldn’t go on a random vacation the next day. It’s hard for me to say, ‘I am so tired, I want to go to bed at 8,’ and for him to understand.”
The plan was for Emily and Ricki to move to Austin, Texas this summer to live with Brad and start a new life together, but Emily decided it wasn’t the right move, especially for her daughter who might be affected by the on-off status of their tumultuous relationship.
“I need stability,” Emily says. “I can’t just say I’ll figure it out when I get there. I didn’t feel it would be a good move to take my daughter away from her life for a guy I don’t know if it’s going to work out a month down the road.”
And although Emily admits Ricki, “opened up to Brad immediately,” the long term effect that their struggles might have on her weren’t worth the risk. Brad just wasn’t ready to be a 24/7 parent.
“Right now my main focus is being a mom,” Emily says, adding that Ricki has been a huge help for her as she deals with this emotional roller coaster.
As for rumors Emily will be the next Bachelorette, she says that right now she’s not interested in jumping into a new commitment: “I’m just like any girl dealing with a heartbreak, the last thing on my mind is to do this all over again.”
“I’m sad,” Emily admits of her breakup with Brad, holding back tears, “that we don’t have a happy ending.”
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