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Former 'Bachelor' winner writes of finding love

'The Bachelor' Villain Courtney Robertson Reveals All Her Dirty Secrets

By ALICIA RANCILIO Associated Press

When Courtney Robertson appeared on ABC's dating competition series "The Bachelor" in 2012, she was quickly elevated to villain status.

Many viewers - and her fellow contestants - believed the 30-year-old model was catty, mean to the other women and couldn't be trusted. Her comments on the show were put to auto-tune and went viral. And she had to face a televised firing squad of angry contestants who wanted to air their grievances.

In the end, Robertson won winemaker Ben Flajnik's heart and a marriage proposal. They later split up, and Robertson briefly dated "Bachelorette" runner-up Arie Luyendyk Jr.

She's now sharing her story in "I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain" (It Books). The book pulls back the curtain on "The Bachelor" and maintaining a relationship made on TV.

AP: Since your relationship with Flajnik didn't work out and in the book you detail the problems you had, do you feel vindicated after sharing those things?

Robertson: For me it does feel good to say, 'No, this is actually what happened.' I think people had this idea I fooled him for 11 months. To me that's idiotic. ... It was hurtful but it's not about being bitter. It's a huge part of my life story and I just had to tell the truth.

AP: Few relationships coming out of "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" have worked. Do you think it's possible to find love that way?

Robertson: If you're really ready to settle down and find love I really think it can work. ... I feel like the girls (on 'The Bachelorette') pick really well, too. ... It just takes the right couple.

AP: Do you worry that when you meet a guy now, he's going to look up the show and watch clips of you online?

Robertson: Definitely. I remember I went on a date after the dust settled and I didn't tell the guy and he had no clue. And then someone came up and said, 'Can I get a picture?' I was like, 'Oh, I was on this show. Don't Google me.' Most guys understand. It's definitely a little tricky though.

AP: What have you learned about yourself?

Robertson: I realized in writing this book, 'Oh my gosh, I'm a serial rebounder. I need to make a change.'

AP: What was Ben's reaction to the book?

Robertson: I definitely had a couple emails that were like, I hate to say, they were pretty nasty. I didn't write this book for him. I stopped making decisions with him in mind the day we broke up.

AP: There were reports that you were going to appear on the spinoff "Bachelor in Paradise." Was that true?

Robertson: I was entertaining the idea but ultimately with (promoting) the book, I just couldn't.


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English July 07 2014 at 11:36 AM

Interesting, I would not have thought of writing a book explaining that yes I am a slut, but let me explain why you should like me, after all everyone else has..

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R English July 07 2014 at 3:10 PM

No one liked her - no one. Not even Ben because he found out what she was really like.

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d1anaw July 07 2014 at 9:25 AM

What SHOULD you have learned? OMG, I have ot go on a television show to compete for a husband? What is wrong with me? Narcissism at it's finest.

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R d1anaw July 07 2014 at 3:08 PM

No different than online hunting. One and the same. One's on the computer and one's on TV - both searches are identical.

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R July 07 2014 at 3:07 PM

Ben was L-U-C-K-Y to escape her. She was a BITC__ on that show - to everyone.
To put it simply, she's nothing but a spoiled brat. Guys, she looks pretty on the outside an she'll strip for you in 1/2 second - but you'll pay the price getting involved with her.
I doubt that she's changed!

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Vicki July 07 2014 at 10:55 AM

What a poor excuse for a woman! Who cares about her lies and escapades? She was only out for the publicity, and to hurt other people like she did is inexcusable.

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CAT July 07 2014 at 10:54 AM

wow that was way more info than i needed to hear about a stranger's life.

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R CAT July 07 2014 at 3:09 PM

Betcha read the entire article though!

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toneitup July 07 2014 at 8:46 AM

WHO CARES!! this is TV crap

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mgt0331 July 07 2014 at 3:04 PM

This twazzol should be taken out to the wood shed.

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Scooter July 07 2014 at 12:30 PM

2 words...CON TRIVED!!!

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andallthatjazz013 Scooter July 07 2014 at 12:45 PM

The show is SCRIPTED.

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andallthatjazz013 Scooter July 07 2014 at 12:46 PM

"Contrived" is actually one word and not two.

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Sandy July 07 2014 at 2:59 PM

Knew she was bad news from the start and only cared about herself and no one else including Ben. Besides Ben deserved someone better that truely loves him and doesn't play games., Good luck Ben

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muffin July 07 2014 at 3:57 PM

What a degrading show. Who would want to be with someone who has had more than 20 men or women fighting for his/her attention on NATIONAL tv? After s/he has kissed and shared other romantic situations with MOST of them, one man/woman wants her/him? Oh, I forgot. It is all staged and about the money.The show is all about ratings, staged encounters, stupid situations, and phoney feelings. Why would anyone watch?

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andallthatjazz013 muffin July 07 2014 at 4:03 PM

All you have to do is read the comments, and your question will be answered...
because people thrive on staged encounters, stupid situations, and phoney feelings. They are called "reality t.v. shows."

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