“The Bachelor” begins its15th season in a few short weeks. Wednesday (Dec. 15) “Bachelor” Brad Womack dished the details about his second time around on the show. The bachelorettes tend to skew a bit younger than Brad’s 38 years (meet them here!), so Zap2it was curious if age was a factor for Brad.
“I’ve never thought about age until now. I’m beginning to realize I’m an old guy!” Womack laughs. “No, age has never been an issue. Age is just a number. I’m more concerned about maturity level.”
He also assured us that he did not feel the pressure to pick someone this time around because he “would not let anyone pressure [him] to make a decision like that.”
But that turned out not to be a problem because Womack says, “I did find love and I’m very happy to say that. I’m a happy guy. It was completely different for several reasons. I was much more open to the process and I just had a great time.”
Finding love has always been important to Womack, so when the show approached him, he felt “really, really honored to be asked again.”
“I felt like I was given a second chance. I was definitely ready to find love,” says Womack. “I’m so happy to be able to say this — I can promise you there is a very happy ending. I did find somebody, I did fall in love. A true love story happened.”
Despite the happy ending, the experience didn’t start out that way. Womack was very nervous about facing the bachelorettes.
“I was very anxious. I was excited, of course, but I was very anxious, which turned to nerves. I was a nervous wreck,” laughs Womack. “I thought it would be easier because I’d gone through it before, but it made it more difficult. I didn’t know what the girls would think, how I was going to be received. It was very overwhelming.”
So were the bachelorettes a bit wary at first?
“To be perfectly honest, yeah, and rightfully so. I fielded quite a few questions that first night, where I gave each and every woman a chance to ask anything they wanted to ask, so I calmed their fears that I was there for the right reason.”
Over the course of the season, Brad also spilled to us that he gets to see the two women he did not choose the first time around, DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft.
“It was a complete shock because I truly had no idea they were going to be there. That conversation was something I wanted to take place long before then,” says Womack. “Jenni and DeAnna are incredible women and they were a little bit tough on me, but after we talked for awhile, all was forgiven and the three of us moved on. I gained some closure there, so I was very appreciative of the opportunity.”
“The Bachelor” premieres Monday, Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Are you getting excited, “Bachelor” fans?