February 3rd, 2012
09:30 AM ET
When reports began circulating that Emily Maynard had been chosen as the new "Bachelorette," we were a bit skeptical, given that Maynard had previously expressed displeasure with being in the spotlight.
Now that she's officially looking for love with the aid of ABC once again, Maynard, 25, is admitting that she feels somewhat insincere.
Acknowledging to People magazine that she did say she had "no intentions of ever being the next 'Bachelorette'" when her engagement to Brad Womack ended last summer, she says she "genuinely meant that" at the time.
"I feel like the biggest hypocrite," she admits, "because I said that and now I'm doing it."
Her change of heart was propelled by the fact that she has found romance because of the dating reality show once before.
"I know it can work," she tells People. "I fell in love the first time, and no, we didn't end up getting married. But in the end, just falling in love for me is a success."
"The Bachelorette" will begin production near Maynard in Charlotte, North Carolina, next month, and the single mom of one admits she's feeling nervous.
"It hasn't really hit me, what I've signed on to do," she says. "I'm scared to death."
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