Are you ready to lay your fragile heart on a bed of roses and swing your lasso round and round on January 3? Well, get ready because for the 15th season of ‘The Bachelor,’ ABC has saddled up the new and improved Austin Texanite Brad Womack, and this time he’s not squealing and running away from love! (But from the description of some of the ladies, we’d run away!)
Among the colorful She-Babes, you’ve already been introduced to the divorcee who smacks Brad silly, but Womack-daddy will also be meeting a funeral director, an Emo waitress, a bootie pincher, a Radio City Rockette, and a model who wears fangs! Sounds like a “Bachelor” Halloween Edition Special to us!
Although limited in what he was able to reveal, the 38-year-old reality star took time out in a conference call with reporters to describe how he got over his commitment phobia, whether or not he’s found someone, and why this time, he’s worth watching.
Now that you got this second chance at finding love, did you feel a lot of pressure to fall in love and pick someone in the end?
No, not at all. You know something, I almost sound like a jerk when I say this, but love and all of it, I take that very seriously and not a chance would I let anyone pressure me to make any kind of decision like that, any decision at all for that matter. So, I definitely make my own decisions and felt no pressure. I can truthfully say that.
Did you find love? And how was the experience different this time around?
I did find love, and I’m very happy to say that and very happy to be able to say that. I’m very much in love. I’m a happy guy. It was completely different for so many reasons. One, of course, I was so much more open to the process and then I just had a great time; though that sounds strange, because I had a good time last time. It was just so much more fun and I don’t know, the women were so much more engaging. It was a great experience.
What made this process different?
Very expensive therapy. No, I’m kidding. OK, I try to be funny; it just doesn’t work. No, on a serious note, I really did go though very intense therapy and all that good stuff. I just wanted to come on the show and be my true self and let people in and it worked, and so that was what was so different. I wasn’t closed off at all. And again it worked. I’m a very happy person right now.
So about your intensive therapy and soul searching … did you ever think that maybe you were just a dude who just wanted to sow his wild oats for awhile?
You know, I don’t know. I know it sounds like I just continuously beat myself up, but I will admit that I had commitment issues. I am not a guy that runs around and tries to wind up with multiple women. So by walking away last time, yes, I looked back with a little reflection and realized there were some issues there. So I just want to fill them with one, man, I mean that’s just one woman and that’s it.
Considering there are some viewers who aren’t your biggest fans from the last time you were on the show, why should they watch you now?
Well one—and again I’m so happy to be able to say this—but I can promise you there is a very happy ending. I did find somebody, I did fall in love, and so for the viewers that do want to see that happen, a true love story happened. So for no other reason, that’s a great reason to watch, because it worked.
Were some of the ladies apprehensive about you and how did you gain their trust?
OK, to be perfectly honest, yes and rightfully so. I gave each and every woman a chance to ask anything she wanted to ask. I was very upfront and honest, and I think I calmed their fears about the fact that I was there for the right reasons. That I didn’t intend on just walking and wasting anybody’s time, so I think it went well. But the first night, I spent quite a bit of time just fielding some questions about my past.
What have you got to offer the lady you presumably want as your wife?
Well, I’ll tell you. Gosh, I’m about to sound cheesy, but I like to think that I have a lot of love to offer. I really do. I mean, I want to be an incredible husband. I want to be, if and when the time comes, an incredible father and so that’s all I’ve ever wanted, a really wholesome family life. So, you know I could care less about material things or anything like that, but I am very confident that I have quite a bit of love to give a woman, and I’m ready to do that. So I think I’d make her a happy woman. I truly feel that way.
The show attracts a lot of young ‘uns in their early to mid 20s. Was that a concern of yours?
I’ve never thought about age until now because I’m beginning to realize I’m an old guy. But no, age has never been an issue. I think that age is just a number, but I’m more concerned about maturity level and things like that.
Was there a lot of drama and competition among the bachelorettes?
I don’t know if it had anything to with me, but the women were very, very competitive. They made it very well known that they wanted to have their individual time. It was a lot of fun.
I was told there was drama happening back at the house when I wasn’t around. So it’s going to be interesting. I’ll watch it exactly when you watch it.
The show flies you out to exotic locations. Which was your favorite date destination?
I know I can’t get too specific, but I’ll tell you this. My favorite location was South Africa and the dates that occurred there were just … my life long dreams. It was a beautiful country. All of the dates that occurred on South Africa were my favorites.
The relationships forged on “The Bachelor” seem to go through a roller coaster of tests, namely the tabloids and public scrutiny. Are you ready for that?
I have a very thick skin that developed, I guess, from last time. I can honestly say, I don’t read any of it—I really, really don’t. So hopefully, I can be the guy that calms her fears or any concerns that she has. You know, I just don’t let things like that bother me and I hope she doesn’t either.
I don’t know, there is a lot of good and there is a lot of bad that’s comes with this, and I think we are up to the challenge of getting through it.
Can you describe the kind of woman you want to be with?
I’ve always wanted to wind up with somebody that is just genuinely sweet and that is just as much of a friend as anything else, and so I found that. It’s someone that makes me want me to be a better person.
The all-new season of “The Bachelor” airs January 3 on ABC at 8 p.m. EST.