'The Bachelor' bachelorette AshLee Frazier: I really am fun despite what's been said
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/14/2013
The Bachelor bachelorette AshLee Frazier, a 32-year-old personal organizer from Houston, TX, is still in the running to win Bachelor Sean Lowe's heart at the end of 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. Below is what AshLee had to tell Reality TV World. Check back with us soon to read the next portion of her call with reporters.
Reality TV World: During Monday night's episode, you opened up to Sean about how you had gotten married once before in high school as a type of rebellious act since you were going through a tough time with your family. Could you talk about your marital status a little more, specifically, how it ended? Did you get a divorce or an annulment? How did that work?
AshLee Frazier: Yes, it was actually a divorce. The details are pretty simple. I was young and making a bad decision in my life, you know, I guess we all go through things and maybe I just didn't handle it the best way I should've. It wasn't a bad breakup at all.
It was just kind of like, "What am I doing?" I woke up and I was just like, "Oh man, I think I made a bad decision." We discussed it and I think we both came to the conclusion that we had just made a bad decision.
Reality TV World: The show made it look like your argument with Tierra ended seconds before Sean walked up your suite and through the door. Was that actually the case, because Tierra seemed fairly calm by the time Sean actually approached her to talk.
AshLee Frazier: No, that's the case. He came in fairly quickly. I couldn't give you the exact minute. It was fairly quick after that that he did come in, yeah.
Reality TV World: Throughout the season, some viewers have been saying they think you might be a little too intense for Sean. And when we talked to Sarah Herron earlier this season, she had all wonderful things to say about you but mentioned you weren't "loads of fun" and she believed Sean might've been looking for that fun, goofball-type of personality in a girl. I just want to get your reaction and thoughts on that.
AshLee Frazier: Well, when it came to my relationship with Sean, I did take that a little bit more serious because it was my future. This is marriage, and that's not something I want to tread into lightly.
But for the most part, I'm not really sure where that comes from. I had a blast, I joked, I laughed -- [Daniella McBride] and [Selma Alameri] -- we all had such a blast. We played games and literally joked all the time, so I'm not really sure where she gets that from.
Reality TV World: What made you decide to wait so long to tell Sean about your first marriage? Was it always in the back of your mind but you were just waiting for an opportune time or something like that?
AshLee Frazier: Yeah, that's a very good question. I think, obviously I wasn't going to tell him on our very first date. That just didn't seem appropriate for me, because I want to know somebody before I divulge my story to them.
So I wanted to make sure I was feeling everything correctly and the vibe was there, and then every other time in between, whether it be a group date or a Rose Ceremony, that just wasn't the appropriate time to actually say, "Okay, I have something serious to talk to you about." And so, that's why I waited until that date to talk to him.
Reality TV World: Was Sean as nonchalant about it as he seemed? Did he have more follow-up questions for you that just didn't get shown on the air?
AshLee Frazier: You know, I feel like he asked a few more questions -- he was as great as the show showed. He was so genuine and loving to me and made me feel like a huge weight had lifted off and made me feel like it's okay.
Reality TV World: At the end of Monday night's episode, Catherine was shown crying and saying that her beliefs about what Sean wanted in a woman were shattered because he had eliminated Lesley Murphy and she thought the two of them had more in common than her own relationship with Sean. Since she worried Lesley had more in common with Sean, do you think that's kind of a sign she's not right for him or the girl for him?
AshLee Frazier: Oh no, I mean, I couldn't say that. Honestly, I don't know her relationship with Sean. We all kept our relationships with him private. But I would definitely not say -- I would say it was about, for the most part, her friend leaving the house.
Reality TV World: Based upon what you knew personally about Catherine and Lesley, do you have any idea what qualities or commonalities Lesley might've shared with Sean that Catherine didn't?
Reality TV World: Why did you originally apply for The Bachelor, and did you know going into the show it was going to be Sean?
AshLee Frazier: So I had a friend that nominated me, and the very following week, I heard from casting. So it wasn't too long after that when I did find out it was Sean. And that's when I really started to allow myself to kind of crush on this guy and look into like, "Hmm, okay. What's this guy about?" And ask questions about who he is. So yeah, I knew it was Sean going into it.
Above is what AshLee had to tell Reality TV World during a Thursday conference call with reporters. Check back with us soon to read the next portion of her interview.