Question and Answer
Since the airing of The Bachelor on January 4th, social media and the Internet have been a buzz with well wishes and questions for me. The outpouring of support is overwhelming, so thank you very much. Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
Did you spend $40,000 on clothing for The Bachelor?
No. I don’t have $40,000 to spend on clothing. I am a journalist who is just starting a career, and my checking account reflects that. What I did do is spend time with Christian Ramirez, one of my best friends who happens to be a stylist (Instagram Christian_RamirezTV). So kudos to him for helping me LOOK like I spent forty grand on clothes!
Did you separate from your serious boyfriend to be on The Bachelor?
No. Before I became a contestant on The Bachelor I dated a great guy named Josh. However, he lived 200 miles away from me and we only saw each other occasionally. We did not see each other enough to be in the position to be “serious” and we agreed to stop dating before I was ever actually cast on the show.
On a related note, my only serious boyfriend was when I was in college. I thought he was “The One” and I loved him very much. We talked about our future together, careers, moving in together, marriage and even kids, before he unexpectedly broke up with me. It was very difficult for me and I have not been in a relationship on that level since.
Are you a Christian?
Yes, I am a Christian. My faith is very personal to me, though I don’t talk about it much publicly. My parents told me a long time ago it was not a good idea to discuss my personal beliefs about either politics or religion. What I will say is that I am not sure where the atheist comments have come from. I’m a Christian. I found religion later in my life, specifically in college at Texas Christian University, where I earned my journalism degree, and I continue to explore and grow in my faith.
Did you go on The Bachelor for the “right reasons?”
Yes. I have watched The Bachelor for many years. I love the show and I am a hopeful romantic. Meeting Ben Higgins was a “limited time offer” and I wanted to try to have it all. The opportunity to meet Ben was now or never. I went on this season because I genuinely hoped to have a connection with Ben. The Bachelor franchise does a thorough investigation of our intentions and we would not be cast unless we genuinely hoped to find love.
Was it a bad idea to leave your job to find love on a television show?
No I don’t think so. I gave up my job to be on the show, but I did not give up my career. I am confident that I will get another job in broadcast news to continue my career in the television news industry. In TV news, we move often in the early stages of our careers. Leaving for a new station or a new opportunity after a year or two is quite common.