When Courtney Robertson appeared on ABC’s 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.
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.
If you’re really ready to settle down and find love I really think it can work. … I feel like the [bachelorettes] pick really well, too. … It just takes the right couple.
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.
I realized in writing this book, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m a serial rebounder. I need to make a change.’
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.
I was entertaining the idea but ultimately, with [promoting] the book, I just couldn’t.