'The Bachelor' star Ben Flajnik reportedly dumped his final woman
By Reality TV World staff, 03/12/2012
The Bachelor star Ben Flajnik reportedly dumped the woman he proposed to when he filmed the conclusion of his edition of the ABC reality dating show in November last month.
(SPOILER ALERT: Please stop reading immediately if you don't want to know the identity of the bachelorette Flajnik reportedly selected at the conclusion of his still-airing The Bachelor edition.)
Flajnik and Courtney Robertson -- the bachelorette he proposed to when his final Rose Ceremony was filmed in Switzerland on November 16 -- revealed they briefly split in February when they taped The Bachelor: After the Final Rose special in Los Angeles on March 3, Us Weekly reported Friday its new issue.
ABC will air The Bachelor: After the Final Rose on Monday night immediately after its broadcast of the two-hour finale of Flajnik's The Bachelor edition.
According to Us, Robertson told The Bachelor host Chris Harrison that Flajnik dumped her "abruptly" around February 7 -- a week before Valentine's Day -- but the pair reconciled later that month "just as" the magazine caught Flajnik publicly kissing and embracing three different women during the weekend of February 17.
The Us report was unclear whether Flajnik and Robertson reconciled "just as" the photos were taken, or when they were subsequently reported by the magazine on February 29. However, during the special, Flajnik reportedly falsely swore on his deceased father's grave that the three women were "old friends" even though he actually only met all three last month.
"I had days where I stayed in bed and cried," Robertson reportedly told Harrison while filming the After the Final Rose special, explaining that Flajnik didn't even return her calls during the break-up period.
"I was thinking he could at least send carnations [for Valentine's Day]."
While the couple eventually reunited, Robertson reportedly told Harrison she doesn't believe she will be able to "completely" trust Flajnik again.
During the After the Final Rose filming, Flajnik also reportedly admitted Robertson's headline-making February 29 shopping trip in which she was photographed shopping for wedding dresses at a Los Angeles bridal shop was a publicity stunt intended to take the focus off Us' report about Flajnik and the three women.
"Once she saw the [Us] photos, she wanted to... shift the focus," Flajnik reportedly told Harrison. "What better way than to go shopping for wedding dresses?"
According to Us, the After the final Rose special concluded with Flajnik giving Robertson a new engagement ring after explaining that, as is the show's standard practice, The Bachelor producers had made the bachelorette return the free ring Flajnik proposed with during the finale after learning of the couple's split.
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"I'm going to be there for you forever," said Flajnik, who reportedly claimed to have purchased the new ring himself.