Chris talks Emily’s big breakup interview with ‘GMA’ and explains why Brad and Emily didn’t work out: ‘They cared about each other deeply,’ but they ‘tried’ and it failed!
During a Bachelorette special airing July 11, Emily Maynard sits down with host Chris Harrison to discuss her breakup with Bachelor Brad Womack. Chris gave a preview on ABC’s Good Morning America of what his chat with Emily is about — and admits that the only reason Emily is now speaking about her breakup is because “she really feels that it is now over!”
Emily and Brad appear to be done for good. “It seems pretty definitive and that’s one of main reasons they waited and she waited to give an interview, because they were on and off again for quite some time,” explains Chris. “I know fans and media were [clamoring] to get an answer from them and she wanted to give it, but not until they were sure. I think she really feels that it is now over — that’s what she talks about tonight.”
But in Chris’ mind, he can’t be sure that Brad and Emily are truly over. “I would never say never,” he shares. “I know there’s a lot love between these two. I know that they care about each other deeply. Who knows?”
Chris notes that the breakup wasn’t all Brad’s fault even though that’s what Brad claims. “That’s Brad being the self deprecating gentleman that he is,” says Chris. “No, it’s definitely not just his fault. That’s not the way it works. That’s not the way any breakup really works — putting this on one person. But that’s the kind of guy Brad is. Emily knows that. Emily knows that she came on to give that interview with Brad’s blessing. He’s not there for this interview. It’s just Emily. But he’s that kind of guy.”
So why do couples like Brad and Emily not seem to last after they go on the show? “I think it’s the same reason your neighbors break up or your aunt and uncle break up,” reveals Chris. “It’s just that life happens. This situation with Emily and Brad was exacerbated. It [was] definitely exploited by media attention, but that’s not what broke them up.”
“When I was with Brad and Emily in South Africa, and I was with them afterwards because I’m friends with both of them, these two were in love,” adds Chris. “They cared about each other deeply. They tried as they might to stay out the public eye and live their life. She was trying to move to Austin, but their love affair just didn’t work out. It happens thousands of times a day all around world. I think one of the compelling things about this show is you’re seeing it happen. We’ve all been there. What’s happening to Ashley [Hebert] on The Bachelorette, we’ve all been there. We’ve all been in love.”
In a preview clip prior to Chris’ interview, ABC shows some of Emily’s interview. Chris asks her what makes her sad about returning to The Bachelor mansion. “Just being by myself and not having Brad here,” whimpers Emily. “Remembering how excited I’d get for dates, the rose ceremonies … “
“Everybody deserves to know what happened because whenever you go on the show, you open your life up,” continues Emily. “I want to tell people, but I just want it to end with this.”
Emily’s done with talking about her heartbreak. “I just want to say it one time,” she says sadly. “Anybody who has ever gone through a breakup knows that you don’t want to tell the story 18 times. It’s hard to talk about once.”
BFFs — are Brad and Emily done for good or will they get back together again?
Be sure to catch Emily’s interview tonight July 11 on ABC during The Bachelorette, and check back here at HollywoodLife.com for our recap!
– Lindsey DiMattina
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