Bachelor fans knew it and cringed as Ben Flajnik continued time and time again to fall under Courtney Robertson’s spell.
And no one could really believe it when he picked her as the final recipient of the rose in the finale.
Now, months and months and months later, Ben Flajnik is finally seeing Robertson’s true colors for the first time– this time without the rose-colored glasses.
In a new interview, the Bachelor alum, 30, admits exclusively to Life & Style that he never should have chosen Courtney Robertson, 29, over the 24 other contestants vying for his affection. “I should apologize to all those women and say, ‘Sorry I didn’t see it,’” Ben admits. “I really have lost all respect for this person that I thought I knew and that I was in love with at one point.”
Feeling foolish after defending the woman he thought he would end up with, Ben, along with his family and friends, can identify with the show’s contestants who tried to prove Courtney’s true character the whole season. “She just had me fooled,” Ben tells Life & Style. “I talk to my friends all the time and they’re like, ‘Maybe she was just really good at it. She got all of us fooled, too, Ben. You weren’t the only one.’”
And if the women of Ben’s season couldn’t convince him, his family definitely warned him to think twice before walking down the aisle with his soon-to-be bride-to-be. But, Ben tells Life & Style he needed to figure it out for himself. “I wanted to see it through on my own. I knew if it was going to work or not. It just took a little bit longer.”
And since their breakup in October, Courtney has since moved on to dating Bachelorette runner-up contestant Arie Luyendyk, who Ben admittedly thought was his friend: “I thought that we were cool and I guess not.”
But one thing Ben is sure of these days: “You know, hindsight is 20/20,” he tells Life &Style.
It wasn’t exactly a match made in heaven and many feared that Bachelor’s Ben Flajnik was headed for heartbreak when he chose choice villain Courtney Robertson.
And, now in an exclusive interview with In Touch magazine, Flajnik concedes that the differences between the pair drove them apart in the end.
“We weren’t as similar as we thought,” he reveals in the new issue of of the mag — on newsstands now.
Though viewers were always skeptical their relationship was genuine, Ben insists, “We really did love each other.”
“There are always going to be haters,” he adds. ”There were so many naysayers, it was really like us against the world.”
But he goes on to reveal that “things just changed” and after a recent weekend together in San Francisco, the couple finally decided to take a break. A few days later, “We said, ‘Let’s not drag this out,’ ” says Ben. “It was a totally mutual agreement.”
The newly single Bachelor reveals that under their contract, Courtney must return the Neil Lane engagement ring Ben proposed to her with on The Bachelor.
“Sometimes they make exceptions,” Ben explains, however, “We’ve been together for 10 months. You have to be together for two years to keep the ring.”
The couple released a statement on Oct. 5 saying they had “started to grow apart because of the distance, time apart and our need to focus on our respective careers.”
Their detractors said they wouldn’t last and they were right!
Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson have become the most recent pair to fall under the “Bachelor”curse, calling it quits after their nine-month relationship and televised engagement.
In an exclusive joint statement to In Touch, Bachelor Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson confirm, “After meeting over a year ago, we have decided to end our romantic relationship. The ups and downs weighed heavily on us both and ultimately we started to grow apart because of the distance, time apart, and our need to focus on our respective careers.”
The pair had already weathered their fair share of troubles and Robertson was one of the most reviled women in recent “Bachelor” history.
It appears that a stint of living together was the last straw for the couple.
“We have nothing but the utmost respect for each other, and both feel this is the right decision,” they said of their split. “We continue to remain friends and will support each other in future endeavors. Thanks to everyone for your love and support, it’s been quite a ride.”
It was a family day for Bachelor Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson, who arrived with Ben’s Mother, Barbara, and sister Julia at the Thompson hotel for the Joico’s and Voli Light Vodkas “On the Go Beauty” Mother’s day event . They headed straight for the Bloody Mary bar and the reality could, who have weathered their fair share of storms, generally seemed to be happy together.
Other celebrities who turned out for the swank event included Lisa Rinna,who arrived with daughter Amelia Grey, who is almost 11 years old, but not too old for the Cuddle Covers lounge.
But the star of the day was Gia, Mario Lopez’s and Courtney Mazza’s 21 month old baby who was dressed in a playful pink tutu. Mother Mazza dished about how she got her sexy figure back, and plans for the December wedding.
While her fiance got his hair styled by Gavert-Atelier’s Joico professional MikaFowler, Courtney, and her sister Julia made theirmothers’ bracelets at the Blessed Charm booth. The NYX make-up booth was popular with everyone – kids and adults alike. Camille Grammar also popped by for a moment but said she had to rush home because her (and Kelsey Grammar’s son) Jude Gordon was fighting the flu.
All in all, it was a lovely family day.
Photo credits: WireImage
When she’s not shopping or testing beauty products, Evan Hosie writes gadget reviews for the site Popgadget.net.
It’s a double dose of Madonna because we still can’t get past that outfit on Saturday. But first things first. The war of word between herself and superstar DJ Deadmau5 came to a halt this afternoon. A quick recap: The DJ blasted her for glamorizing drugs at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, when she asked the crowd: “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?”
She then posted this photo with text reading: “From one mouse to another. I don’t support drug use and I never have. I was referring to the song called ‘Have you Seen Molly’ written by my friend Cedric Gervais who I almost worked with on my album.”
He backed down, but it seems Madonna is doing anything and everything to try to stay relevant these days.
And whilst we’re on the subject of the 53-year-old-singer, we cannot stress enough that this is not a good look for her. That old saying, mutton dressed as lamb springs to mind.
And from one 80′s icon to another. Here’s Simon Le Bon his wife Yasmin were enjoying some quality time in Australia after Duran Duran’s visit to the country.
Simon tweeted: ‘Going on the water in Australia’s beautiful Gold Coast today. It’s alright for some… I mean me,’ proving he’s very aware of just how great his job is.”
But he forgot to add one very important line: That he was hungry like the wolf!
We hope that line won’t be lost on anyone.
And lastly, Ben Flajnik and fiancé, Courtney Robertson are still trying to make it work. STILL.
The pair took a vacation to sunny Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on March 22 — pictured in this week’s issue of Life & Style, on newsstands tomorrow — but even in paradise, this duo couldn’t leave all their troubles behind.
In fact, Life & Style has learned that couple went on the trip to re-evaluate their relationship and decide whether they really do have a future together.
“This was a make-or-break vacation for them,” an insider tells Life & Style. “They wanted to spend time together and see whether this whole thing can work.”
We give it another week max.
Now onto today’s blind item…. we’ll start bringing back our original ones soon…but whoever is the subject of this one, is an MAJOR A-LIST ARSEHOLE…
Oscar Winner Has Issues With Women
[CDAN] Let me tell you about this man who is an Academy Award winner. No fussing or messing about determining whether he is a nominee or winner. He is a winner. He is also alive and not that old. I would say that most of you would have dated him until you read about him right here. A bo*zer of epic proportions, he is apparently generally a nice guy until he gets some bo*ze in him. Over the years he has destroyed not only his share of marriages, but also put dates into the hospital and paid off hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep himself out of the spotlight.
Back in the day he was friends with this foreign born actress. She is an A lister too as much as it pains me to say it. They would always hang out and would always be spotted together doing promotional work together. Then one day they went out and he got drunk and she got tipsy and he s*xually ass*ulted her. She had been recently divorced and he had been in and out of the news. They had been spotted together several times and things were going well until then. They have never spoken since. Not once.
One time he broke up a celebrity marriage. That relationship crashed and burned quickly because he would drink and regularly be*t the B list movie actress. She had to cancel a publicity tour for a movie because our actor be*t her so bad.
He has gone to reh*b numerous times and producers have threatened him with banning him from giving him big roles but he is just too good of an actor and too big of a star to keep him away. Producers and studios will take him regardless of his issues. In his current relationship, he poses with his significant other when he has something important. He has to pay her. She has long ago given up on anything pretending to be normal. He has be*ten her. One of their kids came when he forced her to have s*x. She hates him too, but is willing to swallow her pride for the money.
He once tried to s*xually ass*ult another Academy award winning actress. She managed to be*t him off and kicked him in the b*lls. She then told her husband who continued the be*ting. They had to stop shooting on the movie for a week to allow him to recover. The crazy thing is the guy who be*t up our woman be*ter still worked with him again even after he had tried to r*pe his wife. How messed up is that?
Their relationship has already being fraught by fights, tears, and tantrums, and whilst the drama on-screen may be over, it appears in real life, things aren’t looking so rosy for The Bachelor‘s Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson
The pair was spotted looking anything but happy this past week in San Francisco.
Life & Style has the exclusive.
We’ve The Bachelor‘s Ben Flajnik and winner Courtney Robertson are finally taking their romance public in Ben’s hometown of San Francisco, but the duo look nothing like a loving, engaged couple.
Check out photos of the pair’s first week together without the cameras rolling, only in the new issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now.
On March 18, they were spotted going to see an apartment but looked bored together, an onlooker tells Life & Style: “They weren’t smiling, not like a happy couple.”
And Courtney was seen that same day at the park with Ben’s Jack Russell terrier, Scotch, but “didn’t play with the dog” and spent most of the time on her phone texting, says the eyewitness.
The rest of their weekend followed suit. On Friday night, the duo joined a bunch of Ben’s pals for a birthday dinner at Bobo’s Steakhouse, but Ben and Courtney kept things so PG, a diner notes, “it didn’t seem like they were together; it seemed more like they were part of a frat party.” The following night, Courtney and Ben dined on scallops and Hawaiian tuna at Park Tavern with another couple. “She dominated the conversation, and he was quiet,” a fellow diner tells Life & Style.
Check out all the exclusive photos and read more about Courtney and Ben’s weekend together in the new issue of Life & Style, on newsstands nationwide now.
At 9 p.m., the group left Marlowe and headed to Lion Pub. “He and his friends were taking shots and he was talking to several women who recognized him there.” Ben chatted with a woman in a sheer top, and around 1 a.m., he then climbed in a cab with her and they sped off together. “It was like he was looking around and thinking about it before he did it,” a fellow pubgoer reveals. Though an insider says he dropped the brunette off before he went home, it’s clear he’s been eager to interact with his female admirers.
“Guess he’s not engaged,” noted Tiger Woods’ ex, San Francisco resident Rachel Uchitel, when she saw him on March 11.
But he is! On the After The Rose special, Ben said he and Courtney plan to move forward with their relationship. But, while theproposal was genuine, an insider tells Life & Style things are not as rosy between the two anymore. In fact, they may just stay together for the fame. “Courtney’s tears are all bulls—. She wants to get everything she can out of this,” the insider reveals to Life & Style.
“And don’t feel bad for Ben either,” the insider insists. “His winery is doing well, so it’s a win-win for both of them.”
“They’re going to milk it as long as they can,” the insider adds.
For fans of The Bachelor, there was a collective gasp of horror last night as Ben Flajnik chose mean girl Courtney Robertson over good girl Lindzi Cox in the final rose ceremony.
And, then, there was the cringeworthy moment when upon being dumped Lindzi said: “Good luck, and if things don’t work out, call me.”
Today, the 27-year-old fan favorite spoke out on Good Morning America, saying that comment was just a “joke”.
“It was just a joke, I thought it was funny,” she said. But she added that she had no regrets about appearing on the show, and saying she would “totally do it again”, giving rise to the rumors that she may be in the running to be the new Bachelorette down the line.
And, she also revealed that she wants nothing but the best for Ben, but added that he has his work cut out for him in his relationship with Courtney.
“I’m in a good place, I have closure,” she said. “Ben has bigger things to worry about, like his relationship.”
As it was revealed last night on the special The Bachelor: After the Final Rose, Ben and Courtney broke up after filming of the TV show ended.
But they vowed to give their relationship another go and do intend upon marrying.
Ben said: “We love each other and that’s what’s gotten us again here to this point. We know this is going to work. Everyone’s going to be a critic. The people we know support us and that’s what matters.”
He then turned to Courtney and said: “I want to be with you. I love you. I’m not going to abandon you.”
Did Ben make the right choice? And the even bigger question is, will this couple’s relationship last?