Ben Scott has emerged as both a frontrunner and possible villain on Desiree Hartsock‘s season of “The Bachelorette.” He spoke with the press Thursday (June 6) about his time on the show, including his relationship with Dez and the other guys in the house.
We’ve seen in the previews that you and Dez go off for a little impromptu one-on-one time — what can you tell us about that? How did you pull that off?
“I think that’s something you’re just going to have to watch and see. It’s something that’s pretty exciting, we both really enjoyed it. But you’re going to just have to watch and see,” Ben teases for Zap2it.
Ben goes on to say that the “politician” label is not what he’s about at all.
“I think that’s an incorrect assessment of me. I say what I mean. I’m not trying to say the exact right thing, or say something somebody’s going to want to hear … As you saw, I did something that unfortunately hurt somebody feelings and I felt really bad about that, but it was something in the moment that I felt was the right thing for me to do,” says Ben.
He also defends his decision to bring his son, Brody, on the show.
“The main reason I brought my son was to see how Dez reacted when she knew that I was a father and she saw my son in person,” says Ben. “As you all can tell, Dez was 100 percent open to the fact that I already have a son and I have part of my family already started. She was totally OK with that and it made me extremely happy. It’s one of the reasons that our relationship began to grow so fast.
“Everybody’s going to have their own opinion on why they believe I brought my son. … But it never once occurred to me what is everybody else gonna think,” Ben continues. “In the end, it didn’t matter to me what everybody else thought. It mattered to me how it affected me and [Brody].”
“I did come in with the idea that I am here 100 percent to find out if Desiree is the woman that I’m going to marry … I focused all my attention on trying to grow the relationship that Dez and I had. Some of the guys saw that and you saw some of their reactions,” finishes Ben.
“The Bachelorette” airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.