"When I was told Ben might not be there for the right reasons, I decided to invite him on the two-on-one date with Michael. Of all the men, I knew Michael had my back no matter what," Hartsock wrote in her People blog, somewhat verifying Garofola's theory that she picked him for the date to expose Scott and enlighten her regarding the drama in the house.
"Two-on-one dates are never easy and are bound to have awkward and uncomfortable moments, but nothing could've prepared me for the conversation that went down that night. I was disappointed in Michael for being abrasive with Ben and for putting me in such an uncomfortable position. At one point I thought about sending them both home. But it was clear that Michael was passionate about how he felt, so I needed to find out more."
While Hartsock noted during Monday night's episode the guys shouldn't focus so much on becoming friends when they were on the show to win her love, she still found it a negative that Scott was an outcast in the house and eventually eliminated him.
"It was a huge red flag that Ben couldn't get along with an entire house full of amazing, trustworthy men, so I knew there was something underlying there. I need a man who can go new places, meet new people and get along with others, so it was only right for me to send Ben home. I'm normally such a good judge of character. When I gave Ben the first impression rose, I figured we had real potential," The Bachelorette star explained.
Hartsock may be a good judge of character, but she definitely didn't have Bryden Vukasin figured out. Vukasin chose to quit the show after realizing his feelings for Hartsock weren't as deep nor were they growing as they should be.
"Bryden was not one to open up easily, but I was shocked he wanted to leave. He seemed so reassured in Atlantic City. Bryden should have told me how he was feeling back in the States, before coming all the way to Germany and interrupting my date with Chris. I didn't know if I should be angry, sad, worried, or what," Hartsock began.
"But it definitely raised questions about the remaining men. Are they committed to see if this could work or will they also leave unexpectedly? I was caught off guard and I'm not sure I said everything I had to say to Bryden. I'm definitely anxious to see him at the Men Tell All taping."
Hartsock was also unaware of the drama stirring between James Case and a few of his fellow bachelors such as Drew Kenney and Kasey Stewart at this point in the season.
"It was interesting to watch the men talk about James. I was oblivious to the conversation Drew and Kasey overheard. The qualities and kindness I found in James were about to come to a crashing halt. After the Ben debacle, I had to give this one serious attention -- but was it taken out of context? It seemed so hard to believe," she wrote.
On a lighter note, Hartsock said she had an awesome time on her group date with the guys and some of her suitors stood out more than others.
"[Juan Pablo Galavis] turned up the heat in the igloo to the point that I thought it might melt. [Zak Waddell] continued to bring his sense of humor to these difficult group dates. James was as sincere as ever. And then there was [Brooks Forester]. It has been awhile since Brooks and I had our first one-on-one date so it was important for me to reassure him of my feelings," added the reality TV star, who gave Forester the date's rose.
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