In her personal blog, Ashley explains why she decided to send Ryan home: ‘Maybe it was my fault for not taking him on a date sooner!’
The one-on-one dates during the July 11 episode of The Bachelorette were not supposed to cause fear for the guys going on them with Ashley Hebert — because no roses were up for grabs. But what was intended to be a pleasant date meant to bring Ashley and Ryan Park closer together, turned into a tearful goodbye as Ashley sent him home. In her personal People blog, Ashley fesses that she had stronger feelings for the other guys than Ryan, who had once been a front-runner earning her first impression rose in episode one!
“Finally, I am out with Ryan on our first one-on-one date,” Ashley writes. “Ryan is a guy that I never had any questions about. What I knew of him was sincere, honest and genuine. He was always a guy that I knew I would go on a hometown date with. Sometimes I think maybe it was my fault for not taking him on a date sooner, but in the middle of our date I realized something: my feelings for the other guys had so far surpassed where I was with Ryan that I couldn’t possibly keep him around.”
Ashley didn’t want to lie to Ryan about her feelings by giving him a rose. “In a way, I felt like I was being dishonest if I did,” she admits.
“Knowing that he had a successful business back home, and such a desire to find someone, I couldn’t possibly keep him away from that,” Ashley continues. “As soon as I realized this, the rest of the date was really hard to get through.”
Ryan’s pain melted Ashley’s heart. “My goodbye to Ryan was quite possibly the hardest one all season,: she says. “Watching Ryan’s last few words from his departure was heartbreaking, and I was fighting back the tears just watching.”
BFFs — do you think it was smart for Ashley to send Ryan home?
– Lindsey DiMattina
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