‘Golden Bachelorette’ Joan Vassos reveals advice Gerry Turner gave her before filming her spinoff

America's first "Golden Bachelorette" Joan Vassos is going into her reality series with some helpful guidance.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, she revealed she spoke to "Golden Bachelor" Gerry Turner before filming the show and he gave her some great advice.

“We text all the time. He’s a very, very good friend,” she said of Turner, who ended up getting married and then divorced from fellow contestant Theresa Nist. “He did this so well. He kind of created the road map that we have now. There’s no rulebook, and he kind of wrote it a little bit.”

“He exemplified somebody who is very open and vulnerable. He said that’s what you need to be from day one, because you don’t have a lot of time,” she continued. “This is a quick journey. You can’t leave anything on the table. I feel like day one, starting conversation one, everything you do here is important.”

Vassos, who went on "The Golden Bachelor" looking for love, left the show early after learning her postpartum daughter was struggling at home.

“My family will always be first. Once you become a mom, you’re always a mom even when your kids are older. Nothing is more important,” Vassos told Turner on the show.

After saying her goodbyes, Vassos was later chosen to be the first “Golden Bachelorette," which surprised her.

“I so thought that I was gonna be that girl who left that nobody remembers. I truly believed that was gonna be the outcome,” she said.

But, Vassos says fans of the show might've remembered her because they kept messaging her about how much they related to her story. On the show, Vassos revealed that she became a widow after her husband of 32 years died.

“I think the story about a family resonates with so many people, and so a lot of people related to that,” she said.

Now, she just hopes to end up like the first Bachelorette, Trista Sutter, who is still married and has kids with her final pick, Ryan Sutter.

“I don’t know if I’m ever going to be revered like her. Her love story was perfect," Vassos said. "She has a lovely family, she has a beautiful husband, she has adorable kids. She had the perfect end to this journey, so I hope I have an epic end like she did. It’s a lot of pressure.”

This article was originally published on TODAY.com

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