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'The Bachelor' bachelorette Selma Alameri: I diagnosed Tierra LiCausi as bipolar


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/04/2013 

The Bachelor bachelorette Selma Alameri got her first one-on-one date with Sean Lowe during last Monday night's broadcast of the ABC reality dating competition.

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Selma, a 29-year-old real estate developer from San Diego, CA, overcame a difficult rock climbing challenge with Sean to prove she wasn't a "prissy" or strictly "glamorous" girl during their date. And while they enjoyed a romantic evening together, Selma opened up to Sean by telling him she couldn't kiss him out of respect for her Muslim culture and traditional mother. Sean appreciated and respected Selma's decision, intensifying their mutual physical attraction.

During a conference call with reporters on Thursday, Selma talked about her The Bachelor experience thus far and teased next week's special two episodes. Click here to read what she had to tell Reality TV World. Below are some additional highlights from her call. Click here for more. 

Who did you get along with best in the house? I know you kind of kept to yourself, but was there one particular girl you got along with well?

Selma Alameri: I didn't keep to myself; I just kept away from the drama. I actually got along with all the girls. I really did. But I would have to say I was closest with [AshLee Frazier]. Her and I were sort of the oldest ones in the house. (Laughs) She might kill me for saying that but (laughs) we were.

So we got along best, but I really did enjoy all the girls that lived in the house. They were all amazing, well, with the exception of one. But we won't mention any names! (Laughs)

Do you think all the bachelorettes, including yourself, have been portrayed accurately on TV so far this season?

Selma Alameri: Actually, yeah. It's funny because I was so afraid that they were going to make me out to be something I wasn't. I was like, "Oh my God, you never know with reality television what's going to happen," but honestly, they really can't make you someone you're not. So, yes, I think everyone's been portrayed like very accurately.

Who do you think was the nicest and most trusted girl in the house? Was that AshLee also, and also, who was the least genuine in the house besides Tierra LiCausi obviously?

Selma Alameri: Honestly, I felt like the most -- I don't know about the most trusted. I felt like the girls came to me the most because I was sort of like "mother hen" for some reason. I loved AshLee, but she did keep to herself a little bit. I mean, I felt like the girls came to me more than anything.

But as far as being most untrustworthy, I honestly couldn't tell you anybody else but Tierra. All the girls got along so well and we sort of confided in each other, but definitely, Tierra was the black sheep. And I can honestly say that was the only person that no one really got along with.

Would you say AshLee was one of the most genuine people in the house?

Selma Alameri: She was, yes, definitely one of the most genuine people. I absolutely adored her. She was just -- to me, she was a little angel. She could do no harm. But that was just my opinion. I can't speak for the other girls, but I definitely thought she was one of the most genuine.

What were your thoughts on Leslie Hughes, who just got eliminated?

Selma Alameri: Leslie H. You know, I actually didn't get to know Leslie H. too much because at that point, there were so many girls and we were just barely getting to know each other. So she got eliminated so soon, so, I didn't get to know too much about her. But she was a sweetheart.

She was a nice girl. I never saw her and Sean together, so I couldn't tell you what their love connection was or anything, but now looking back on it, I can't see any connection between them, you know?

Did your parents or your mom watch the show and has their opinion changed about your time on the show? Also, what do they think of Sean?

Selma Alameri: Yeah, my mom is watching the show and all my sisters. They definitely, it did change their opinion, because they were like, "Sean actually is such a sweet guy. He's just a very innocent person and sweet and he seems very down to earth." It definitely did change their mind, especially that I kept to -- I stayed and did what they asked me to do.

So they were like, "Okay, well we're not living in fear right now," because they definitely were for a minute, you know? (Laughs) So I think it changed their minds about it, definitely.

Would you say that you were in love with Sean at the time of your one-on-one date?

Selma Alameri: I was definitely, definitely -- Yeah, I was just going to say at this point, I was definitely very, very crazy about him. And I could definitely see a future with a man like him, absolutely.

Although you didn't kiss Sean on your date with him, did that change later on, just to clarify?

Selma Alameri: You'll have to wait and see, I mean, I can't give that away. (Laughs)

What about kissing Sean off-camera? Would that have been okay?

Selma Alameri: I mean, to my morals? No. It wouldn't have on this date.

So it was kissing at all then?

Selma Alameri: Yeah, sort of. It was more so just being so public about it. I mean, I guess you can say my parents -- what they didn't know wouldn't hurt them, so if I was off-camera, I don't think they would have figured it out. But I can't give that one away.

You're a Muslim, correct? Is that accurate to say?

Selma Alameri: Mm Mm, no. I was born into a Muslim family, so my mom is practicing, but I don't practice the religion at all. I don't practice any sort of religion. I'm spiritual and believe in God, but I'm not a practicing Muslim, no.

When the drama was happening to be featured in next week's two episodes, was it something that didn't surprise anyone because it was just the typical Tierra being dramatic again or did you actually ever feel, "I cannot believe this is happening?" How did you feel in that moment?

Selma Alameri: I literally sat in silence and stared, like, "Duh, didn't see that one coming." Every time she did do something, I was not surprised one bit, like, I was never surprised by what she did, ever.

I would always say that, like, "Don't be surprised. Every time she comes out, every time she's going to be around Sean, there's going to be some kind of drama because that's how she gets attention. End of story. So don't be surprised when it happens."

As you're watching the show back, are you seeing even more drama than what you were aware of while in the house? Did girls come back from group dates talking about it or did you feel a little in the dark at times?

Selma Alameri: It's funny because they did -- when they came back that night, it was so dramatic. I'm surprised they didn't air all that, because even more drama [went down] when they came home. I remember I was sleeping -- I feel like I'm sleeping throughout this whole thing (laughs) when stuff happens -- but anyway, I was sleeping and I woke up to just all this arguing and back and forth.

I'm like, "What is going on?!" And so, I remember them telling me the story and what not. I was kind of like, "Um okay, can I go back to bed? It's not that serious, goodnight." But now that I'm watching it, I'm like, "Oh my God, this girl!" I diagnosed her bipolar for sure. (Laughs)

Do you think it's possible for Sean to continue not to see Tierra's "other side?" Do you think she's there for the right reasons, meaning Sean, but just doesn't get along with the girls?

Selma Alameri: That's how I saw it when I was in the house and that's why I ignored it, because I was like, "This girl just doesn't know how to get along with other people, with other girls especially." And I thought about, and not everybody is going to be comfortable in this situation like this. Not everybody can handle dating a man with 26 other women.

As much as they come into it thinking maybe they can, no, it's harder than you realize. It sounds all easy in your head, but then you start to gain feelings for this man and all of a sudden, you go crazy. But to me, I'm still like, "Lady, hide your crazy for a little bit. You signed up for this at the end of the day. Don't forget that and don't take it out on us. It's not our fault you can't handle it."

So, I mean, I don't know if she was there for the right reason. I don't know what her deal is. Sean definitely did not see the crazy side of her, because she would literally be crazy with us and then I'd watch her with Sean, and she'd be like batting her eyelashes and just like this sweet little puppy looking into his eyes.

And I'm like, "Oh my God, this girl has got him so fooled!" So, you know, I don't know. I don't know what her deal is and still can't figure it out to this day to be honest with you.

It just seems surprising that Sean hasn't caught on to Tierra's antics yet.

Selma Alameri: That's what we were thinking at the time. We were like, "Sean's not a stupid man. He's a smart guy. He's very sharp. I'm sure he has a very good judge of character." But at the end of the day, he wasn't living with us. He didn't see her on a daily basis.

He saw her for the dates and she would pretend to get along with us on the dates. She would start acting all nice to us and whatever, so she just was a completely different person.

It was crazy how she could switch it on and off, and he really just didn't see it. And I don't blame him for not being able to see it at all because she was so good at it. And I'm like, "Alright, either some of us have to tell him or he's just not going to see it because she can play this off so well."

ABC publicist: The upcoming two episodes, first of all, [Tierra's] involved in the two-on-one date and you will see some really amazing group dates with her involved. So stay tuned. If you think you've seen drama, you haven't seen drama yet.

Selma Alameri: No, no you haven't. It's crazy. It doesn't end.

Above are some additional highlights from Selma's call with reporters. Click here to read what she had to tell Reality TV World. Click here for more. 



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