'Bachelor' couple requests privacy
March 17th, 2011
10:28 AM ET

'Bachelor' couple requests privacy

Don't expect the newest "Bachelor" couple, Brad Womack and Emily Maynard, to appear on TV anytime soon. Womack says he and Maynard will be spending time out of the spotlight in order to work on their relationship.

The former "Bachelor" says in a statement, "At long last, Emily and I can be open to the world and each other about our relationship. Though we are madly in love, it has been a bumpy couple of months for us and our priority right now is to focus on our relationship. We hope that you can respect our privacy as we return to normalcy and begin our off-screen lives together."

Speculation about the couple's relationship grew during Monday's "After the Final Rose" special, where both admitted to briefly breaking up between their proposal and the "Final Rose" taping. Maynard said during the special that she was jealous watching Womack romance other women on TV, and both admitted to having volatile fights both on the phone and face-to-face.

"Bachelor" host Chris Harrison says he understands what both are going through.

"It's easy to take shots at them, but relationships are hard," Harrison says. "I think they will fight like hell and work this out. Before, you had two stubborn people who were apart. Now they are together, and they have a unified front."

Harrison laments that gossip about "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" hopefuls also took a toll on the couple.

"I read some tabloid website that they've already broken up. All you can do with these stupid reports is just laugh them off. They are bigger than this. Leave them alone and let them have a relationship."

Monday's "Final Rose" special saw three successful "Bachelor" couples join Harrison in helping Womack and Maynard find common ground.  Harrison thought the special helped the two take the next step in their relationship.

"The whole hour was like a therapy session," he said. "I wanted to help Brad and Emily get through these bumps. As long as they're genuine with me, I'll do what it takes to help them."

Harrison says Womack and Maynard are now spending time together, both in Texas and North Carolina. He doesn't know what the future holds for them, but he's optimistic.

"I hope they get married soon, but I don't know when," Harrison notes. "If they get married, I'll be there."

soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. lien tom

    Aren't they on the cover of People this week talking about their problems, their baby plans? Privacy? Silly for CNN to fall for their load of hogwash.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kelsey Layer

    At first, I thought she was THE ONE! But after watching her and seeing just how precocious, stubborn and petty she really is, I predict this one is a big MISTAKE. He will either have to be her puppy dog or she will make his life miserable. I don't believe she was really ready to give her heart to anyone other than her dead husband. I really feel sorry for Brad because he is a really good guy and Chantal was willing to follow him anywhere. But alas, one cannot help who he loves so just try again Brad. This one won't last, I am sure of it!

    March 23, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. dougo

    He is a TOTAL DORK

    March 17, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Samantha

    wow at some of you telling them to get married because they are a cute couple. my god they know um bout nothing about each other. I would advise them, ok show is over so now date a year or two and see if you really love EACH other or the IDEA of falling in love like some storybook. Fairy tales are simply that, FAIRY TALES. Emily is so not over the loss of her fiancee and so not ready to get married, takes someone with an IQ of over 20 to see that. Brad has severe anger issues as in its MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY, he actually would scare me. You disagree with him on something and wow he flys off the handle. Emily don't let that stupid show stress you into getting married and move your child away from the only family he knows which is you and his grandparents. Date Brad a year or two and see if he is the man you want helping to raise your daughter. I'm going to guess it won't take you long to realize he isn't the man of your dreams. Life would be wonderful if it was full of fairy tales but it isn't. My god when he proposed to you, it was only the day before he was having trouble deciding if it was you or Chantal he wanted to propose to. Sweetie, this has DISASTER written all over it. Run Emily run and don't look back. I for one think Brad is sort of psychotic.

    March 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jurby

    i hope that Brad and Emily do make it but in regards to her jealousy when she saw him making out with other women on the show she knew going into the show that the bachelor would make out with other girls, so watching the show after the fact she should've known she'd see him doing that. If she didn't want to see that, she shouldn't have watched. Emily, he picked YOU – you need to remember that!

    March 17, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. moon627

    They might have a chance now that the show is over. Emily kept repeating how awful Monday nights were for her to watch the show and see Brad romancing all the other women – especially Chantal ! Apparently Emily got jealous and was hurt and angry and called off the wedding Brad wanted to do on TV. Hopefully with the spotlight off them now they can get to know each other like normal people...

    March 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rb

    Aren't they on the cover of People this week talking about their problems, their baby plans? Privacy? Silly for CNN to fall for their load of hogwash.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cathy Kvistad

    I wish Brad & Emily good luck and please get married you both make a cute couple. Don't listen or read these magazine that say lies about you both. If you love each other so much make it work. Listen to what Jason & Molly, Ryan & Trista had to go through and they made it. I met my husband in Aug 2001 we got married November 2001 we made it 10 years of marriage this November. When we fight or disagree with each other. We walk away to cool off then go talk to each other. We never slam door or anything like it. We have 5 grown children between us, he got 3 , I had two children. We made it through it. I had spinal cord surgery due to a car accident, my one child was murdered at the age of 21. We made it through all of it. I'm bullheaded, my husband is stubborn. We talk it all out. We say Sorry , I love you to each other. You can make it if you both want it bad enough. Good Luck. Hope to hear your married.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RamblinRose

    How can a couple who met & romanced on a reality show expect the public or the media to stop paying attention to them? Unrealistic. How can Emily expect to forge a new bond with a new partner when she wears the tragic burden of her romantic loss like a second skin? As a young widow myself, I appreciate how ones’ personal story takes on a life of its’ own. At some point you have to allow yourself to compartmentalize the memory and encourage your loved ones to do the same. What is noticeably unseen (and unspoken) here is her dead fiances’ family and their needs or expectations for Emily as her life evolves. It’s a tough situation. I also think the pedestal Brad props Emily on does their bond a disservice and makes it extra challenging for both of them to truly open up their lives to one another.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kimbies

    gag, why is this show still on the air ?

    March 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LO

    I only watched the show a couple times before the final rose night and my first impression of him was he was fake and was hiding something. Watching the after show only made those thoughts a reality. My opinion of him is that he is a controlling jealous jerk who needs anger management.
    If he wanted privacy, he should have found him a woman some other way instead of taking up air time. When you go on TV to look for the "right one" expect the world to be watching then and forever after. What a joke!

    I have to log off now because I just threw up in my mouth just reading this BS. Scope anyone?!

    March 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. greymare

    they should just break up right now. she knew she would have to move to austin with him . she obviously thought it would be different. chantal would have followed him anywhere. last time he picked no one, this time he picked the wrong one.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Over this Crazy Stuff

    Give them all the privacy they want. Cancel the show. 'NUFF SAID.

    March 17, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ncole

    I doubt very seriously she will ever move to Austin. Her daughters grandpa is Rick Hendrick. In case you don't know who that is, he is a MAJOR player in NASCAR. He owns the cars of Jimmy Johnson, Dale Jr, Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin.
    If Brad has his way, he will be little Ricki's dad. Could this mean adoption by chance?
    How likely is Emily going to give up Hendrick money for a man she barely knows?

    March 17, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • gigs

      Gimme a break, Rick Hendrick doesn't own Emily and she can move wherever she pleases.I'm sure Ricki will have lots of visits with her grandparents. I hope the best for Emily and Brad and I loved this seasons Bachelor..if you didn't like it why are you all here yapping about it!!!! 😛

      March 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. joanne

    After watching Final Rose....there is no way that these two will make it to the altar...and IF they do...then they won't be together too long....they are both headstrong and stubborn....especially Emily!

    March 17, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Jo Diaz

      I think it's great that she has a mind of her own and is in control. She (or he) who cares least rules a relationship. I'm glad she's got him by his private parts. He obviously respects that, or he wouldn't have chosen her. It could work out, but she's the one who's going to call the shots. Good for her!

      March 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Tranny

    Brad wants to have a chance to get to know Emily and her schlong.

    March 17, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
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    March 17, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  18. Eddie King

    Say, Eddie King really likes "Bachelor couple requests privacy"...

    March 17, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |

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