"To this day, I don't know what I may have said that would have given AshLee the impression she got... I knew AshLee was an emotional person, so I didn't really expect her to be all smiles like [Desiree Hartsock] was, but I definitely didn't expect what I got," Lowe wrote in his People blog in regards to last night's The Bachelor: The Women Tell All special.
"But I am sorry if I said anything at all that misled her because that was truly not my intention. I am also sorry that she's still harboring these feelings of resentment. I wish nothing but the best for AshLee, and I hope she finds a great love one day."
"Let me set the record straight -- I never said that. I would never say that. It just doesn't make sense. Of course I had feelings for the other two women. That's been apparent for weeks!" the Dallas native explained.
"And not only did I have feelings for them, I was falling in love with them. I even had feelings for women like Des and [Lesley Murphy], who weren't even there anymore. In that moment on WTA, I felt like it was an attack on my character, so I began to get defensive. I was so stunned by the accusation that I was speechless."
Much to the Bachelor's surprise, Frazier had also expressed disapproval in how Lowe chose not to check up on her following her heartbreaking elimination.
"After [Chris Harrison] invited AshLee to the couch, she began to tell me that she always viewed me as a southern gentleman and how she was very disappointed that I didn't come check on her after sending her home. This totally caught me off guard," Lowe wrote.
"I wanted to be as nice as possible, but I also wanted to tell her that once you don't receive a rose, you know you only get a brief moment to talk it over before going home. She wasted that moment by not saying a word. That's why Chris Harrison says, 'Take a moment and say your goodbyes.' I don't want to sound unsympathetic, but that's how the show works."
On the contrary, Lowe insisted he was quite sympathetic to how Frazier was feeling upon her ouster considering he had been in her shoes once before when vying for the heart of Emily Maynard during The Bachelorette's most recent season.
"I've been there too. And I sat on the bench with Emily Maynard looking for answers before I drove off. The decision to send AshLee home was a difficult one, but I knew the other two women were better suited for me and that's where my focus needed to be. Also, had I checked on AshLee, I feel that would have only delayed her healing process by sending her mixed signals," said Lowe.
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