Avid watchers of “The Bachelor” know Courtney Robertson as the villain and winner of Season 16.But now, the Arizona-born model is dishing all the juicy details of her courtship with Bachelor Ben Flajnik and defending her reputation in a tell-all memoir, “I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends,” out June 24.“I felt like I’d been punched in the gut,” Robertson writes.
When Courtney Robertson signed up for the winter 2012 edition of “The Bachelor,” she vowed to treat her relationship with Ben Flajnik like any other.
So when they were filming in Puerto Rico and she had an urge to skinny-dip with her suitor in the Atlantic, she didn’t hold back. “It was immediate but it was only for about 20 seconds and, um, it was just the tip.” The raven-haired beauty was dubbed a “man-eater,” “liar” and “mean girl” by other contestants during her stint on Season 16 of “The Bachelor.” Her caustic jabs at competitors during the confessional interviews, and take-no-prisoners focus on Flajnik, made her a lightning rod for tabloids.
“Producers had left a cellphone for use in case of emergency, but they did not leave us any condoms.” Once the two became engaged and the cameras stopped rolling, Flajnik became less than pleased with the brunette beauty when outside opportunities began rolling in.
Robertson reveals she had a secret meeting with producers of “Dancing with the Stars” and was asked to be an alternate in case any of the participants got injured.
“You don’t have to answer every question they give you in an interview.” Perhaps the most shocking part of Robertson’s new book is that she came away from her “Bachelor” experience not just with the final rose, but also with some lasting friends.
“I made a lot of great friends on the show, actually,” Robertson said.
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“It was really hard for me.” If she decides to jump back into reality television again, Robertson says she has a plan.