'The Bachelorette' star Desiree Hartsock: James Case completely manipulated me
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/02/2013
The Bachelorette star Desiree Hartsock admits although she believed James Case was being sincere with her while on the show, looking back on everything, he pulled a fast one on her.
"I needed to take care of the James situation before the rose ceremony. Once again, my intention of letting him go fell away once he started telling me how he felt with such sincerity. Watching it back, I feel I was completely manipulated by him," Hartsock wrote in her People blog.
"He would put on a softer, caring persona around me, but then speak so harshly with the men. After a lot of thought, I decided that keeping James there would diminish my other relationships. It will be interesting to see what James has to say about himself at Men Tell All. I know I will have some questions for him!"
Hartsock was apparently taken by complete surprise when she first heard about the comments Case allegedly made regarding fame, fortune and positioning himself to become the next Bachelor.
"I was extremely disappointed by what [Drew Kenney] told me. James seemed like a loving, caring and respectful man. I don't see what the men are like around each other in the house or when the cameras are off, so I had to take my time in making a decision about James. At this point James was pretty high on my list. I was thinking about meeting his family. I know his good side is so, so good,"The Bachelorette star wrote.
"I had all intentions of sending James straight home, but his softness, emotions and demeanor got the best of me. I needed to sleep on it and couldn't make a decision that night. I mean, he is charismatic!"
Hartsock also explained why she felt the need to send Kasey Stewart and Juan Pablo Galavis home in addition to Case.
"I couldn't go further with Juan Pablo once I knew other relationships were stronger and that he had his daughter back home waiting for him. It wouldn't be fair. Chemistry is a very strange thing that is either there or it isn't. You guys didn't get to see a lot of Juan Pablo. He is great and we had a strong physical connection, but could not get it to that next level. Some woman will be very lucky to end up with him," Hartsock explained.
"Although Kasey has all the qualities I'm looking for in a man, and seems perfect for me on paper, we just couldn't force the chemistry to be there. It was the most nerve-racking rose ceremony to date."