The Bachelor alum Danielle Maltby has revealed why she decided to keep living in Cleveland, Ohio after Michael Allio dumped her.

Danielle was smitten with Michael, a widower and business owner from Akron, OH, when the pair appeared on Bachelor in Paradise's eighth season in 2022, and they left the season dating and in a relationship.

Danielle moved from Nashville, TN -- where she had lived for 12 years -- to Cleveland, OH, to be with Michael and his young son James in February 2023, but Michael announced their split in September of last year, claiming he and Danielle weren't compatible.

Danielle revealed on her "The WoMed" podcast that Michael "blindsided" and brutally dumped her one day after she had frozen her eggs. She said the breakup left her "hurt" and "confused" as well as overcome with grief.

"I moved up here for someone who I thought wanted to be with me forever," Danielle told Cleveland Magazine. "I genuinely believed we'd get engaged and married."

She added, "It's become such a thing in The Bachelor world to make a joint statement [when you split up], but there was nothing joint about this. I didn't decide it."


Danielle confessed that she "was in the trenches for a few months" after Michael broke up with her.

"I was in, like, constant communication with my therapist. Now, though, I've done so much healing," Danielle said.

And part of her journey to healing is accepting Cleveland as her new home, even though she had left her nursing job and friends behind in Nashville to become a part of Michael's life in Ohio.

"I didn't necessarily choose this place," Danielle admitted, "but I wanted to make it feel like home. It was like, 'Well, I'm here, so I now need to take my life back.'"

Most of Danielle's followers anticipated she'd move back to Nashville, but Danielle said she's ready and willing to embrace Cleveland as her new city, regardless of the fact she's single again.

"I just want to help empower anyone who's in a similar situation," Danielle shared, adding that she's "grateful" for her stints on reality TV because she now has a platform to share her opinions on healthcare, politics and more.
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Danielle credited her co-workers at The Skin Center, a medical spa, for helping her discover what Cleveland has to offer her. In fact, Danielle said it was her co-workers and new friends in the city who ultimately convinced her to stay and give Ohio a real shot.

"I work with these incredible women who have brought so much joy to my life," Danielle gushed.

"They rallied around me and made lists of all of these things to take me to and to do together, just to keep me busy and show me the city."

Danielle has since been enjoying the food scene, football games, music, morning walks on the beach, and museums.

"I'm someone who has always gone where life takes me, and I'm always open to an adventure," she noted.

Many The Bachelor fans would call Danielle flexible and resilient.

When Danielle was 25-years-old, for example, she found the body of her then-boyfriend who had just overdosed on drugs in 2011. She had to resuscitate him and witness his death, which left her with a lot of trauma to carry and deal with.

But according to the blonde beauty, her most recent ex-boyfriend -- presumably Michael -- made her feel like she was weak.

"In my last relationship, I was told that I wasn't resilient enough," Danielle admitted to the magazine.

"I just laughed because that's the last thing anybody would say about me. I've been through so much, and I'm still so hopeful."


Former The Bachelor star Nick Viall, for instance, called Danielle "resilient" when she competed on his season in 2017, and the Bachelor in Paradise alum -- who is well on her way to being whole again -- apparently has a lot to look forward to in her new city.

"My superpower is that I can make a beautiful life wherever I am," Danielle concluded.

In response to Danielle's allegation Michael had brutally dumped her and "traumatized" her, Michael confirmed on Jason Tartick's "Trading Secrets" podcast in September 2023 that he didn't warn Danielle ahead of time about how he was feeling and so she never saw the split coming.

"[But] there's a reason why. We broke up 13 weeks ago and over the span of that 13 weeks, we spoke multiple times about how we want to roll this out," Michael explained.

"I suggested doing a mutual breakup post, but she did not want to do that mainly because this breakup was not mutual. She told me, 'Go out there, say what you want to say, do what you want to do. I'll follow suit.'"

According to The Bachelorette alum, Danielle asked him not to call or contact her because staying in communication would make healing and moving on "that much more difficult."

However, Michael claimed that he was not quick to throw in the towel, and that he and Danielle had attended couples' therapy to try to salvage their relationship.

"She wanted me to wait [to announce the breakup] and I felt, like, because I was the one that broke it off with her, I should be respectful of that. So, I kind of waited for her lead and when she started taking down posts on Instagram, I kind of followed suit," Michael said.

Michael -- who welcomed James with his late wife Laura Ritter-Allio, who died from breast cancer in 2019 -- also said that just because his relationship with Danielle didn't work out, it doesn't mean that he's not over his late wife.

Michael wrote via Instagram Stories at the time, "[If] there's something that you're looking for that doesn't exist in that other person, it doesn't mean you try to change that person and turn them into this perfect version for you because that's wrong too."

Given Michael was clearly having doubts about his future with Danielle, a fan asked Michael to explain why he didn't stop Danielle from quitting her job in Nashville and moving to his home state in order to progress their relationship.

The Bachelorette alum pointed out how Danielle had made a real "sacrifice on her end" and explained how he's unable to leave Ohio due to his "support system" that helps him take care of James.

Michael claimed he "totally" would have considered moving to Nashville if he didn't have a child to raise.

"Danielle was in a transition period and she wanted to leave her job," Michael said, adding how Danielle had been thinking about moving to Ohio for reasons other than their post-Bachelor in Paradise romance.

"If we would have stayed long distance we wouldn't have known whether or not this would have worked, and our goal was to make it work."


Michael also claimed via Instagram Stories at the time that before Danielle moved to Ohio, he told her that he couldn't fathom having another child.

Michael said he warned Danielle that he might never want kids and she handled the news "gracefully" and proceeded to freeze her eggs just in case he changed his mind down the road.

Prior to Michael's breakup announcement, split rumors had plagued the couple for months, and they both dodged talking about their relationship in the media.

After competing for Katie Thurston's heart on The Bachelorette's seventeenth season and then turning down a starring role on The Bachelor, Michael appeared on Bachelor in Paradise.

But when Danielle stepped foot on the Paradise beach in Mexico, Michael seemed ecstatic and affectionately called her "Dani."

The pair had spoken via DMs on Instagram and become friends prior to filming the show, but Paradise marked the first time they were meeting in-person.

Michael and Danielle were able to connect quickly over their similar losses and traumas. The pair slowly got to know each other and never expressed interest in dating anyone else on the show.

Michael and Danielle chose to leave Bachelor in Paradise together as a couple before overnight Fantasy Suites. They both determined they weren't ready to get engaged, especially because Danielle had yet to meet James.

However, Michael revealed on the reunion show in November 2022 that James quickly came to adore Danielle, and that Danielle couldn't wait to become a bigger part of James' life.

Michael also announced on the reunion show that he was "in love" with Danielle and she had changed his life for the better. Danielle is only the second woman whom Michael ever said, "I love you," to.

While Danielle had no reservations about moving to Ohio in order to progress her relationship with Michael naturally, she explained how they didn't want to live under the same roof -- at least not yet -- as to not rush things or disrupt James' comfortable routine.

"I'm just so excited," Michael said on social media in December 2022 of Danielle's decision to uproot her life for him.

"Long distance is difficult, but we've made the best of it and this next chapter and upcoming year is one I am so looking forward to. She's the best!"


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About The Author: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski
Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.