AshLee Frazier: 'The Bachelor' bachelorette Tierra LiCausi's engagement "may just be a hoax"
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/15/2013
AshLee Frazier, a 32-year-old personal organizer from Houston, TX, is still in the running to win The Bachelor star Sean Lowe's heart on the ABC reality dating series' seventeenth season.
Throughout the season, AshLee has been insisting she "adores" Sean and firmly believes she's the girl and future wife for him. In addition to AshLee, Desiree Hartsock, Lindsay Yenter and Catherine Giudici still remain in the competition, and all four girls will be receiving hometown dates during next week's The Bachelor broadcast.
During a conference call with reporters on Thursday, AshLee talked to Reality TV World about her The Bachelor experience thus far. To read what she had to say, click here. Below is the next portion of her call with reporters. Check back with Reality TV World on Monday for more.
There were a couple clips of you at the end of Monday night's episode saying you were very worried about getting eliminated because Sean had said he didn't want drama to be associated with his wife and you had obviously gotten into that big argument with Tierra LiCausi. But how much of what was shown was overdramatized due to editing? Were you actually not that paranoid about getting eliminated?
AshLee Frazier: Absolutely not, 100% percent I was scared. I thought, "This might be the time I go home."
Why did you think that? Because it seemed like you had such a good date and he had asked you your opinion about Tierra. In addition, you had told him you loved him, so it seemed like you'd be safe.
AshLee Frazier: Yeah, I felt safe up until the argument happened and really almost until Sean came in to the Rose Ceremony and said that he didn't want anybody with these dramatic spills in his life.
And I thought, "Well I'm part of that." And it's just such a high intense moment, I got scared. And I thought, "I'm not even going to get a chance to talk to him. I'm not going to get a chance to explain my side of this," because there was no cocktail party. That's when I got nervous and scared.
Tierra announced yesterday she's engaged -- the day after her elimination airs. Did you see that news, are you surprised by that news?
AshLee Frazier: I did hear about that, but to be honest with you, I don't know anything. You know how rumors are. No, if she is, then I wish her all the best, but I don't really know any details on that.
So Tierra never talked about this unnamed guy in the house with you girls?
AshLee Frazier: Not to me. I wouldn't know who it is, so I don't if it is somebody she's talked to me about or if it's not, because I don't know who it is.
Were you surprised Tierra got engaged so fast, just like she said she could if she wanted to on the show?
AshLee Frazier: Whether it's true or not, I don't know. But if it is true, no. I mean, it's Tierra! [It could] happen. It's like, let's keep [the drama] going, right?
Do you think Tierra's engagement is kind of another case where she's just being dramatic and sort of wanting to brag about it as kind of a publicity play?
AshLee Frazier: Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me if that was the case, but you know, again, I just heard about this. So I can't say one way or another. I wish I did, so I could tell you, but I just don't know. I mean, it may just be a hoax, who knows. With Tierra, we can't really put too much past her.
During your argument with Tierra, were you surprised the other girls didn't step in and give you more support considering they had very similar feelings about her?
AshLee Frazier: You know, in the moment, to be honest with you, no. That's not what was going through my mind -- whether they were going to jump in or not. I'm a pretty strong person and I thought I could just hold my own. I didn't need them to step in.
But the thing is, I had a fairly decent relationship with her in the house versus some of the other girls, and I personally felt I had a leg to stand on against her. "You are my friend. Why are you doing this? I've tried to help you out." And so, you know, it didn't really phase me one way or another that they didn't step in. Of course, who wouldn't like it? But it wasn't a problem that they didn't.
At the end of the episode this week, were you surprised to see Catherine cry and hear her say she felt Lesley Murphy was much more compatible with Sean than she was? Was her apparent lack of self-confidence a surprise to you?
AshLee Frazier: Those two girls, Catherine and Lesley, were very good friends on the show, and I think she was really sad to see her friend go. I think that was part of it. I don't see it as lack of confidence though.
I think she was just really sad, and it's hard. Those Rose Ceremonies are hard. You see somebody that you're close to leave, you know, sometimes, depending on how close you are, you may question whether you're right.
Is Tierra as bad as she seems? Was it an editing job or is she really that dramatic?
AshLee Frazier: Well I can definitely tell you it's not editing. It's definitely how she is. She's very dramatic. (Laughs)
Tierra really wasn't friendly with anyone in the house?
AshLee Frazier: To be honest, we all tried to get along with her. At one point or another, I would say, if not all, the majority of the girls individually reached out to try to build a relationship with her. And I mean, it just really didn't work well in her favor. You reach out to her and she didn't want any part of it.
Why do you think you mesh so well with Sean?
AshLee Frazier: I would say because we come from the same background. We have a very similar strong family upbringing and I felt at the end of the day that that's a solid foundation that would've built a perfect relationship.
Are there specifics about your personality that would make you compatible with Sean?
AshLee Frazier: Sometimes I feel as though you have to balance each other out, and I felt that's what from the very beginning was possible to make a relationship with. I think it was just a ying to a yang and that's how we fit together.
Do you see Sean having that kind of connection with any of the other girls too?
AshLee Frazier: Yeah, I see the possibility of connections with the other girls, yeah.
What qualities does Sean have that will make him a great husband?
AshLee Frazier: Again, he's very family oriented. I know he wants children. For me, it was the fact that he wants to adopt and his sister as well, and so that was a big factor that played well for my heart to hear.
What about Sean's personality though made him compatible with you?
AshLee Frazier: Yeah, he's definitely funny. He made me laugh all the time. He just has good character. I think with me, he showed just a very classy side to him, and you know, he was very charismatic with me and I appreciated that.
Above is a portion of AshLee's Thursday conference call with reporters. To read what she had to say to Reality TV World specifically, click here. Check back with us on Monday for more.