'Bachelor' Brad picks a mate, but will it last?
March 15th, 2011
11:00 AM ET

'Bachelor' Brad picks a mate, but will it last?

The second time was indeed the charm for Brad Womack, who proposed marriage to Emily Maynard on last night's season finale of "The Bachelor.”

But the real fireworks occurred on the "After the Final Rose" special, courtesy of two startling admissions.

First, host Chris Harrison announced that the original plan for the "Final Rose" ceremony was for Brad and Emily to get married on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, where a previous "Bachelor" episode took place.

Obviously, that didn’t happen, as the special took place in the same studio where all the "Final Rose" and "Tell All" specials are taped.

The second surprise was that Brad and Emily briefly broke up between the proposal and the "Final Rose" ceremony. So what happened, and are the two still together?

Brad and Emily sat down with Chris to explain the situation. Emily, curiously not wearing her engagement ring, says it "hasn't been all roses" between her and Brad, admitting that she was jealous every time she watched Brad flirt with the competition on TV. (Note to Emily: You’ve already lived through this show. Watch something else during that time. I hear "WWE Monday Night Raw" is getting entertaining again.)

Chris asks if they are ready to get married. Does he have a minister waiting backstage, or is he licensed to marry people in the state of California? Emily says now is not the time to consider marriage, as there are "things" that need to be worked out, such as how to communicate and deal with certain items. She also admitted that she's not ready to move to Texas, leading to several gasps (likely added in post-production) from the audience.

Emily added that both she and Brad have to work on their tempers, with Brad admitting to having "volatile" fights both in person and on the phone. Chris, understandably concerned with the situation, calls upon the three successful "Bachelor/Bachelorette" couples to save the day. I'm curious if these couples have a "hotline" phone that gives them instant access to Chris Harrison. Kind of like the Bat Phone on "Batman," with Chris as Alfred the butler.

All three couples encourage Brad and Emily to get over these bumps and forge ahead without the presence of cameras. They also tell the couple to focus on each other and not worry about the "tabloids and naysayers" who claim the relationship won't work.

In the end, Brad placed the engagement ring back on Emily's finger. Turns out the ring was being re-sized, or so Brad says.

Meanwhile, we now know the identity of the next "Bachelorette". It's Ashley Hebert, the "dancing dental student" who finished third in Brad's "Bachelor" season. Her search for love begins on May 23.

What did you think of last night's "Bachelor" finale? Do you think Brad and Emily will make it down the aisle?

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  1. charlene freeland

    No, I do not think they will get married. I can't understand these men, couldn't he see that she would always put him second to her daughter and that is not the way to a happy marriage. I know she should certainly consider her daughter's needs but your husband should be first. She was not reserved, she was very much in control of her life and I feel that if things were not going to be done her way, they would not be done. If he thinks for one minute that she will move to Austin, TX, he had better think again. If he really wants her he had better pack his belongings to move to North Carolina and live among the friends that she and her 'love of her life' had and to always live in his shadow. Charlene

    March 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Susan

    I think he was very sincere...I think she is a messed up young lady. Wanted to get married now doesn't, doesn't want to move, and it goes on and on. Says she doesn't want to be single but doesn't want to get married now. You know that the Bachelor is having dates with all the others...now you watch it all the time and it bothers you?! Maybe the 2 just aren't meant to be together. And he was very mean to Chantel on the show.

    March 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mm

    Chantal not blond, too Asian (mom part asian)looking, and too fat. Brad wamts blond wife and kids.

    March 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Channing Tater-Tot

    I wonder if he will swallow the nectar from her Big D!CK she is hiding under that dress?

    March 16, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bunghole Blaster

    I bet she has a very small weiner and he isnt gonna be happy about that.

    March 16, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. As the Stomach Turns

    I can't believe you people waste so much time talking about this crap. It's not real! You can't find true love on a TV show!

    March 16, 2011 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. becks

    Brad obviously chose his " dream girl". whatever that is. Wake up Brad! What is a dream girl? You should choose a woman that shares the same interest and goals. And can hold a conversation without makiing you so nervous.. I just feel that Emily has way too many issues. If she wasn't ready to make a move forward with a realtionship.Why did she go on a dating show to find love? Good luck to Chantel!! Now this is a woman who is ready for love. And knows what she wants. I hope she finds it...

    March 16, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Farrah

    While physically these two are very attractive, something is not right with them. I don't like hearing that Brad has a temper and I too would be very cautious marrying the guy. I can't blame Emily for having doubts after hearing what Brad was saying and doing with the other women.
    The show that aired after the rose ceremony was very telling. Both parties were strained and uncomfortable.
    If the engagement is this bad, the marriage is full of red flags!
    I don't see them marrying at all.

    March 15, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MH

    Wow, I have to comment on the person (portal punk) who said "she's so fat".. "can't believe he could pick her up"...
    Rude... I'd sure like to see what you look like. My weight is proportionate to my height... but I defend those who're overweight... and otherwise comment on others' weight / looks... this is SHALLOW... I wonder how many beauty contests this person has entered / won. This was THE BACHELOR...NOT MS. UNIVERSE... Not a show for "THE NEXT MODEL".. Maybe you were watching the wrong programming.

    March 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marie

    Chantal was "ready" to move for love / Brad. (Why can't the man move? Ms. always has to give up her career- Hmmmn).
    Chantal was "SO" in love with Brad that it took her a very short time to "find" someone else- or rather, he "found" her...if she was "SO" in love w/ Brad, how could she just jump into another relationship so quickly... Odd, to me. I'm not saying the girl "should mourn" Brad til the end up time...but, she should have taken time for herself for a while. So now the new Chantal guy must wonder- when they're on a date, if Chantal is "into him" or "if Brad is still on her mind". Hmmmn.
    Emily being "knocked up"- Hmmm... She wasn't the first woman to become pregnant out of wedlock. She won't be the last. Somehow, too, in this situation- it's the woman who "is knocked up"... and called every name under the book. The man HAD NO RESPONSIBILITY in that whatsoever (in Emily's case, my he R.I.P.)... Give her a break. She appears to be an Awesome Mother- and Single Parent! Some kids out there have both parents, who're doing a LOUSY job.
    I think it is WISE of Emily to wait- and be sure- she has her daughter's life to consider, and Uproot from school, her little friends, etc. It isn't EASY. Brad will give up an Apartment- not uproot children.
    EVERY RELATIONSHIP has it's ups and downs. I disagree with the Professional Counselor- if problems now- will always be problems.. true many times, not Always, ea. have their individual situations.

    What I didn't get, was Brad's family- who didn't seem At All Aware of Emily's story. Weren't they Watching the show, at all?? I didn't get the surprise reaction.

    Brad's mother seems Genuinely awesome (MUST BE- Brad's father, apparently no where to be seen) - i.e. Brad's mother was a Single Parent too, like Emily. Wow. Imagine That.

    ...The sister in laws – one of them seems to be living on Planet X– in Chantal's defense.. because she doesn't have kids, she wouldn't on been "on their level". So ALL Women / Folks out there Without Children are what?

    Otherwise- Great– Brad & Emily– Give it your Best Shot.. .Age Difference- HaHa...What about HUGH HEFNER with all of those "Little Girls".. .He's Happy- They're Happy! Give them a Break!

    March 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. portalpunk

    She's so fat I cant believe he could pick her up, he must be on roids.

    March 15, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cait

    you can't judge someone for who they pick, honestly none of us know Brad and Emily and we shouldn't judge them

    March 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rachel

    I think they'll make it. They are real people with real problems and any woman would have a hard time watching that show. It would bring up a ton of insecurities. Not to mention the distance and the inability to spend much time together in the four months the shows airs. That being said, I think it's a good call on their part not to participate in the media melay today. Let them live their lives and work it out. I wish them the best and many beautiful babies.

    March 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. GSDluvr

    I hope they can make it work. They both seem like really nice people, and it seems that they need to wipe the slate clean from the show, and just go on to try to live normal lives again.
    I think the spotlight can be really hard, not to mention all the tabloid nonsense.
    Give them a chance and see what they do. I think Emily is a smart woman and she will do what is ultimately right for her and her daughter.

    March 15, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. As the Stomach Turns

    CRAP. PURE CRAP. This will make good compost for the garden.

    March 15, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Tessgirl

    As I watched both Brad and Emily, I found that Ms Emily was questioning Brad as if he were a 5 year old....do you really know...do you really want.. and those looks at him were of a mother looking at her son/daughter in reprimand. Exaxtly HOW MUCH AND HOW MANY times does the proposed have to say I will, I know, I understand, I will try, I love you. LEAVE HER. She is selfish and inconsiderate just because she's 'been hurt'. Now, girlie, haven't we all bee hurt at some point in time for something or another, like I didn't get my pony for Christmas. Brad..GROW UP. I believe you missed the one who REALLY loved you!!

    March 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Rhonda

    I mean look at how they had a lack of chemistry on the "after the final rose" show. They only kissed after Brad put the newly sized ring back on Emily's finger. there is too much tension between them. I personally do not think it will work out between them. Brad you made a HUGE mistake..... Ask for Chantal back!!! She really loved you.... I think that Emily was in love with issue of someone being in love with her and the whole televised situation. Move on Emily, you will find your prince charming the old fashioned way.

    March 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Rhonda

    Well I personally think that Chantal and Brad had more in common. He was more of himself with Chantal They were adventerous together and that's what newly couples want to do. Don't get me wrong, meeting someone who has a child and being a part of their life is awesome, but it would be wise for Brad to wait to have his own family. Chantal is singlewith no children & Brad is single with no children. For God sake, his occupation is a bar owner. His choice of picking Emily may be a shock to him now that he is on instant Daddy duty. But I do hope it works out for both of them.

    March 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  19. RamblinRose

    I think Emily's personal history is a lot of tragedy to haul around. It seems to define and isolate her. She has a healthy little girl who needs her Momma to be build a life for the two them independent of the fathers' untimely death and the strings attached to his family. Until she can compartmentalize those elements, she is probably not really open to partnership with someone new and writing a new story for herself and her daughter.

    March 15, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA

      I'll bet that's the problem. His family won't let her move the kid to Texas. That was never discussed on the show as far as I know. Brad made a huge mistake, so did his family – what's wrong with them? Bad advise all around.

      March 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Theresa

    If Emily was not ready to get married she shouldn't of been on the show. Don't get me wrong I thought her and Brad made a good couple. My questions is. Why was Brad not able to meet her family.(parents) as he did with the others. I find that odd.

    March 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA

      Because she's from West Virginia. Every time I hear/see a story about people from there they are extremely poor, have no teeth (notice Emily's fake teeth), uneducated. I'm sure they live in the mountains somewhere. Why when ever they visit someone's home on this show do they live like kings? Maybe, in most cases, it's a prerequisite to be wealthy. Keeps away the gold diggers. Brad made a huge mistake – Emily is too young for him and Chantel was perfect. Glad things worked out for her. Too bad she's not the next bachelorette, Ashley H is sooo annoying.

      March 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Carol

    Brad is well aware of how he feels, and what he wants, but unfortunately his behavior and his words don't take in the consideration of what the woman wants. His confidence seems to collapse when he gets near Emily, whereas near Chantel he was a completely different man. Emily's and his last date was a disaster, her words upset him and he became hot and told her he was, but all she could do was think of herself and her daughter, he had to ask her for water. Unless they both go into therapy this couple will crash and burn.

    March 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Emily is a Man

    She has a goob bigger than John Wayne.

    March 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Jen

    I like Emily.and hope everything works out for them....Brad seems to be controlling, and Emily will not stand for this behavior.
    She's tough!!!!

    March 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  24. kathy

    My first time watching the show was last night and "The Bacholer" looked desperate to get this woman.
    He was literally shaking.
    It ws almost scary.

    March 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Sandy

    I think they make a cute couple. I am concerned about the age difference, although they all know ahead of time about this. Brad I think is a changed man and did a great job this time. You could see that the counseling did help a lot. I think if it doesn't work this time, its surely not because Brad is not in love with her. If you men and women are not ready to drop everything and put into a relationship then STOP going on these shows. I sure hope Ali and Roberto get married soon too there a cute couple as well.

    March 15, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Sandy

    I was very glad when he chose Emily but I was also very surprised to hear what has been happening since that day. He has been working on working on things about himself and he should continue to do so. Now Emily may need to do the same. It seems she is the one that is now commitment phobic and putting up barriers. It didn't seem she had a very direct answer for a lot of Chris Harrison's questions and in particular, what she thought was the biggest problem or hurdle. The couple truly seem to love one another and if I were Emily and was in love with a guy who was so determined to make the relationship work, the least I could do would be to get some counseling myself. She brings baggage along also. Individual counseling and couples counseling in learning how to fight might be in order. Couples all fight, but lots of couples don't know how to fight so that's not a deal breaker. If Jason and Molly could survive all the hurdles they had, I would think that Brad and Emily could do the same. They really had a storm to weather.

    March 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  27. dreamer500

    I agree all relationships have ups and downs, but very few have those problems within the 1st few months. I don't think this is going to last.

    March 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Dreamweaver

    This relationship will not work, but not for the reasons stated by all above. Why, you ask, because Emily is still in love and grieving for Rickey's father. She has never gotten over the loss. It's quite evident!

    March 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      I believe there is a lot of truth in that. That's why I think Emily needs individual counseling to work on her own issues. She herself said last night that she had been single for a long time.

      March 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Claudie Black

    I totally loved that Brad Chose Emily. and also i agree with Emily " Then it was reality, lets live it in the realworld now" that's what she said. I love that she brought him to face reality before he made his final deision, no sugar coating. I just hope for th best, for them both. I genuinely think they love each other, but they both have issues to work on, and yes, this is how real relationships work. BRAVO!!!! good luck to them, i truly hope they took the past couples advice, especially Ryan/Trista, Ali / Roberto.

    March 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Marilyn

    Simply put, NO! The moment he started to get mad at her over her asking if he was truly ready to take on a ready made family I shouted at the tv, "Dump his A**, honey! It will never work! What a narcissistic A** ! "

    March 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Cobby

    Brad is ready to get married but Emily is not. I think that Emily is still scared that she might get hurt. You gigs should shout you milk HOLE. Emily is right, getting married is not exactly like the McDonald you folks eat everyday. You need to know when you are ready especially for the brides. So i have nothing against her, i just hope he makes the idea very quickly because Brad is getting OLD.

    March 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Amy

    He should have picked Chantal!

    March 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      I rooted for Chantal up to the final rose ceremony. But on the post show, I couldn't believe how insensitive Brad was to her! What a Jerk for telling Chantal his feelings for Emily started early on the show, but kept Chantal around cuz she DESERVED to be there. So it was an honor to her to go along for the ride? JERK! Brad and Emily won't last. Chantal is clearly the LUCKY one...

      March 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      I agree!!!!!!

      March 16, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Heidi

      agree! Chantal was more real, honest and open. i think she and Brad were a better "fit", as they seemed more relaxed together. Emily seems more worried about perfection and appearances, and her carrying around this legacy of her deceased husband is not health for her or for Brad.

      March 19, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  33. realisttx06

    How can anyone believe these reality dating shows ? Hasn't anyone seen the Family Guy episode where Brian goes on The Bachelorette ? I know this isn't exactly the best example, but I can't believe that the producers are really looking to help people find true love. I've been watching shows like this one for years, and they all seem super scripted and unrealistic.

    March 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  34. bes

    She's just not that into him. Reminds me of my ex-husband. We were married for 4 years and his mom never liked me, she picked the 2nd one out for him......He's now on his third wife. Blame your douch of a mom Brad. P.S. your gay.

    March 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Leo111

    Of course it'll last! As long as paid interviews keep coming... But when it stops, they have no choice but to stop pretending they're still the happy couple in love.

    March 15, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Jennifer

    The girl is beautiful and young. Her heart will always be her ex-boyfriends. And Brad already messed things up, once you do that, it will never be the same. They will be another Vienna and Jake. Bachelor will lose ratings too. It's starting to become a stupid show with all these breakups

    March 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Men in Love

    He probably chose her because she will make excuses then he can wash his hands of her and renew his membership in NAMBLA.

    March 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Brenda

    I don't think these two will walk down the aisle. Something just does not click with those two.....he should have
    gone with the other young lady who was ready for him and had no "baggage" This girl is going to make all sorts
    of excuses as to why they should NOT get married. Sorry Brad....wrong choice AGAIN!!!!

    March 15, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  39. lovingtheliving

    I think they have a shot. If they keep trying to work things out. She has to want to do it to though. Brad can't want it enough for both of them. At least they are being honest about their struggles rather than just putting on a brave face. Or being honest WHILE putting on a brave face. Emily is right not to marry him until they figure out the communication stuff. She has a child at home and when they are all together is not a time for the turbulence. Much better to be in a better place when they actually move in together. Most relationships go through struggles. If you don't persevere, you will never get to the "happily ever after." In fact, even happily ever after has some ups and downs. All the best to them.

    March 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Becky Wood

    Several years ago I fell madly in love with a very sweet man who was raising a young son after his wife had left him. I was divorced, had no children, and couldn't wait to be a mom–the reason I got divorced. ( I had been married to a nice guy, but ultimately he didn't want any children.) There was only one catch: "I had to prove that I was a good, trustworthy woman who wasn't going to hurt this man and his son because they had already been hurt." I tried hard to prove that indeed I was a good woman who could be trusted and wouldn't dream of hurting either one of them–I diligently tried proving that to them for a very long time. In the meantime, I never legally became a wife to this man or a mother to his son or to anyone else. My advice to you, Brad: The burden of proof in being a good guy (girl) in the relationship doesn't rest entirely on your shoulders. No matter how much Emily has been hurt in the past or how madly in love you are with her, find someone you don't CONSTANTLY have to prove that to–it will only break YOUR heart.


    My advice to you: Find someone who loves you without you having to prove it to her.

    March 15, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  41. jillmarie

    Honestly, I don't think it will last. He seems determined, but it seems he's been like that before with an ex named Laurel. She has one foot out the door already. This doesn't look good to me, IMHO.
    I'm looking forward to Ashley's season, she'll make a great bachelorette!

    March 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Amber

    I think it will work out.. they have some trying times to go through with the media and being in "real life" now. But if they truly love and care for each other then I believe it will work out. I wish them the best!

    March 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Cindy

    I agree with Kat, I have only been married for 1 1/2 years but have been married before and as a mature married person I totally agree with Kat, you hit it right on the nose girl, people give up way way to easily. I think that Emily and Brad will last the test of time because they are in the right place. Just give no heed to the tabloids since they are full of BS anyways.

    March 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Double Trouble

    "Emily says now is not the time to consider marriage" She wants to wait until she is a Post-Op Tranny.

    March 15, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
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    March 15, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  46. JJ

    If you're already "fighting" in your first few months....take if from a retired marriage counselor....it's not going to last.

    March 15, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  47. Kat

    As someone who has been married for 28 years, I KNOW how hard it is to make a relationship work well. It isn't easy, I had been married before, and brought 3 children into the dynamics of OUR married life. "He" had never been married, and never experienced being a father before, let alone..to 3 children!. The first thing that has to go?..the temper tantrums!. Once you learn to compromise, talk calmly, have rational discussions , and really get to know your significant "other"..things start to change, and for the better.Yes, Brad and Emily have a good chance of making it work. Get rid of selfish, "me" thinking..and learn to give of self..this is the key. The LOVE is already there, but there is so much more..Blessings!

    March 15, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      Agreed Kat. I've only been married for six years, but I get how hard relationships are. The love is there...you just need to work on selfless love. Easier said than done!

      March 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • qbnimport

      It takes a lot more than "love" to make it. It takes compatibility, which these two do not have. If they did, they could talk through their issues like adults. They are volatile because they're not a match temperament-wise. They're too alike. He got along better with Chantel because they were more compatible. Also, he is still afraid of relationship. That's why he chose someone who is not available emotionally for him. Anyone who thinks that these two are going to work out with all of their issues, plus the age difference, plus the fact that Emily is not leaving her family/friends and her daughter's school to risk trouble in Austin, is dreaming. Please people. Be real. Stop fantasizing. Use your brains.

      March 16, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Virginia

    1) The age difference is one problem.
    2) I'll bet he fell for the daughter first and it's a package deal.
    3) he's in his late 30's, he's getting desperate.
    It wont last.

    March 15, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  49. Anne

    Oh,please...both are fame #%$ and richly deserving of each other. She was knocked up and unmarried at 18,and has 'dated' most everyone in the Nascar garage. She lives off her childs' DNA.

    March 15, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      Run, Brad Run! You'd spend your life apologizing to her. Emily WANTS to spend the rest of her life telling the Nascar story. She loves the attention. It's all she wants really.

      March 16, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  50. fartblossom

    More boo-hoo tv. BORING! More Action movies and bikini contests, please.

    March 15, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  51. Paula

    I think its goin dwn the drain. Emily looked like she cldnt wait 2 get outta there. They r talkin abt it on the view. lol

    March 15, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |

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