Rycroft dishes on love, loss and 'The Bachelor'
FILE - This Aug. 17, 2011 file photo shows former "The Vachelor" contestant Melissa Rycroft at the Kardashian Kollection launch party in Los Angeles. Rycroft stars in the CMT reality show called "Melissa & Tye." (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)
NEW YORK (AP) — For fans of "The Bachelor," Melissa Rycroft's romance and breakup with Jason Mesnick is pretty legendary.
If you missed it, Mesnick proposed to Rycroft in the 13th season finale in 2009. Then in the taped reunion show that aired immediately afterward, he dumped her for the runner-up, Molly Malaney. (They're now married.)
Rycroft, 29, ended up getting her own happy ending. Days later she was asked to join "Dancing with the Stars," where she became a fan favorite and finished third. She was tapped as a correspondent on "Good Morning America," got engaged, married and now has a daughter, Ava. Rycroft and her husband star in their own CMT reality show called "Melissa & Tye."
Rycroft reflects on her experience of being in what she describes as a "Bachelor bubble" in her new book called "My Reality." She also writes about how a major heartbreak is what made her want to do the show in the first place.
AP: Is it hard to still be associated with "The Bachelor"?
Rycroft: I know for a lot of people I'm always going to be the girl from "The Bachelor." I explain in the book how you get so wrapped up and how after only knowing this guy for two months and only being on three or four dates I fell in love with him and why I thought we were going to get married. And the sad thing is I honestly did. I really thought I was supposed to marry Jason. I really thought I was in love with him. Looking back, three years later I'm now married and I know what that love feels like. I couldn't have been in love with him. I didn't know that much about him. I didn't know — I (still) don't know what he does for a living! Little things like that, you know? And that's what maturity does. It was a very humbling experience and I know not everybody's gonna go through something like that but people are gonna go through similar experiences.
FILE - This March 9, 2009 file image released by ABC shows former "The Bachelor" contestant Melissa Rycroft and her partner Tony Dovolani performing on the celebrity dance competition series, "Dancing with the Stars," in Los Angeles. Rycroft stars in the CMT reality show called "Melissa & Tye." (AP Photo/ABC, Kelsey McNeal, file)
AP: You've moved on. Jason has moved on. Do you ever have contact with them? Are you still upset?