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Laurel Kagay said Brad Womack popped the question to her before going on The Bachelor. He said reports of a marriage proposal were just "embellishment."

So who's telling the truth?

One of her friends, furious at Brad's "lies" and his decision to paint Laurel as "some crazy who invented it all in her head," wants to set the record straight.

Hot Brad Womack Picture

Whether he proposed or not, Brad dated Laurel for years.

"If Brad Womack didn't propose to Laurel Kagay then I'm the Queen of England," Laurel's pal wrote in a series of scathing posts on her personal blog.

In one text message to his sweetheart, which Laurel Kagay shared with Us, Womack vowed: "You're my future, Roo. Nothing is going to change that.

"Laurel, I'm serious about this. Please marry me?"

The friend said Brad even took Laurel ring shopping at a Cartier boutique - and even asked her parents for their blessing to marry their daughter!

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy turned down The Bachelor in the U.S., but has assumed the leading role in the version of the hit show in his native Ukraine.

The Dancing With the Stars hunk is the star of the inaugural edition of the romance reality series beginning March 17 on the Ukraine's STB network.

Why did he turn it down here - as did Chris Lambton, which ultimately gave us Brad Womack for a second time - but agree to it in Eastern Europe?

"There has never been a show such as this in Ukraine," he wrote on his blog. "That makes me think that a first season would be the most 'real.'"

"I thought about everything VERY long. I know it's hard to find somebody you can connect to on a TV project like this, but nothing is impossible."

"I can't reveal anything, but I am very pleasantly surprised so far."

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In Michelle Money's defense, she seems a lot less crazy on Ellen today than on The Bachelor. But she still admits she has a screw loose or several.

The Bachelor's latest castoff sat down with the host today to talk about how she was portrayed, who she thinks Brad proposes to and much more.

Tenley and Jake

Amusingly, Ellen gets her to admit she's crazy ... if only just "a little."

"You do a show like this, you know there's editing," Ellen said. "You maybe say "Hey, that's not who I was." Do you look at that and go "That's not who I was?"

Her response: "Yeah, for the most part. It's definitely part of who I am. I'm assertive and a go-getter but there are many sides of me that weren't shown."

The "assertive go-getter" part was definitely on display during her Swimsuit Issue mauling of Brad Womack, which ultimately led him to cut her loose.

But despite this week's Bachelor episode being her last, Michelle says there are no hard feelings, and wishes Brad the best with his true love, who is ...

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Three of the girls on The Bachelor posed for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue last night. As we discussed in our Bachelor recap, this was both hot and awkward.

Ashley Hebert and Chantal O'Brien certainly looked the part of SI models, but when it came time for Michelle Money's turn, she unleashed her crazy side yet again.

The bad news? Her near-topless mounting of Brad Womack drove Chantal to tears and made viewers queasy. The good news? It ultimately ran her out of town.

Here's the SI swimsuit issue shoot in its sexy, uncomfortable entirety:

While Irina Shayk took the Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover, Ashley and Chantal killed it during their shoots and gave any of the supermodels a run for their ...

Sorry. As for Michelle, the unstable, sexually aggressive schtick had a good run, but officially ran its course after this. Even Brad came to his senses eventually.

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Last night on The Bachelor saw four women punch their tickets to hometown dates, while we wanted to punch Brad Womack for his inability to emote. At all.

In fairness, he did open up to Emily a bit, and it did take some inner strength to "break protocol" for the women ... but seriously, lighten up, Jake. Er, Brad.

How did last night play out? Who's going on hometown dates and saying the word hometown 47 times in the process? Here's THG's trademark +/- recap!

Brad Womack: Bachelor

The first of three one-on-one dates went to Emily Maynard. It started slowly, but Brad did open up and tell her that she's getting a rose at the ceremony. Plus 10.

Give him credit for breaking that rule (no roses were to be doled out on dates). But Minus 6 for calling her daughter Rickie the biggest "thing" in her life. Thing?

Shawntel Newton just flies under the radar. Odd, since she's a mortician. There's just nothing about her to dislike ... or to make you think she has a chance. Even.

Back to his rule-breaking ways, Brad gives Britt the ax in mid-date, sending her off the yacht on a dinghy! Then she has to pack in front of the other girls! Plus 7.

Michelle: "I do NOT want to go on a date with you guys." Whack job. Minus 3.

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Brad Womack has played the role of a commitment-phone turned "changed man" well on this season of The Bachelor, his second in the starring capacity.

But if the Texan does get down on one knee and propose to Chantal O'Brien, Emily Maynard, Ashley Hebert or Michelle Money, it won't be the first time.

At least according to Laurel Kagay, his on-off girlfriend of eight years. She tells Us that Brad asked to marry her several times - including last summer!

Brad's Double Life

DOUBLE LIFE: Laurel raises some pretty serious questions if what she says about Brad is true. But was there even any deception involved on his part?

"Even when we weren't together, he'd say how much he loved me and was going to marry me," says Laurel, noting that Brad proposed right before The Bachelor.

After spending the summer trying to woo her back, making comments to the effect of "I will marry you right now," he left to star on the ABC show a second time.

THG NOTE: If Laurel Kagay looks familiar, it's because she also dated Wes Hayden, and was his rumored "girl back home" while he was on The Bachelorette.

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In a cross-promotional effort somewhere between awesome and terrible, Monday's episode of The Bachelor will feature a date with Brad Womack in which three of the remaining ladies will pose for the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue!

Move over, Brooklyn Decker. Make room for Ashley Hebert ...

Don't get us wrong. Ashley, Chantal O’Brien and Michelle Money are all attractive girls worthy of inclusion. But c'mon, we're talking about The Bachelor, people.

The SI swimsuit issue may have jumped the shark with this PR stunt, desperate to make a splash (pun intended) in the Free-Internet-Pics-of-Hot-Girls era.

Nevertheless, you can't deny that Michelle Money, for all her psycho stalker antics, has a ridiculous body she will flaunt in this setting. Chantal isn't far behind.

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She may not win the final rose (THG's Bachelor spoilers have a thing or two to say about that), but Michelle Money is definitely the contestant of the year.

Watching the 30-year-old - not 29, not 31 - become more and more unhinged this season has been a treat for The Bachelor viewers ... or just frightening.

Michelle surpassed her own crazy standards on last night's episode, sneaking into Brad Womack's villa, demanding answers and trashing the other girls:

Womack, who's a bit stiff on his best days, was floored when Michelle Money called him out for keeping Chantal O'Brien, one of her top competitors.

She also attempted to swallow his face, complained about not getting enough QT with him and listed the order in which he should eliminate the others.

"You're scaring me," Womack said. He's definitely not alone after this.

We'd consider letting her go via satellite when the time comes, B.

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Vienna Girardi was recently involved in some beef with Gia Allemand over Bachelor castoff Wes Hayden, who dated the latter before being linked to the former.

Now Vienna, who won last season of The Bachelor only to split up with Jake Pavelka about 45 minutes later, is supposedly dating another Bachelorette reject.

That reject is Kasey Kahl. The "guard and protect your heart" dude.

Kasey

It's a tough call to determine who's more annoying here!

According to Star (we know, we know), they were all over each other at Sharkeez Bar in Manhattan Beach, Calif., on Sunday. Vienna? Never one to take it slow.

"They were there for the Super Bowl but their eyes were hardly on the TV. They kept stealing kisses and were holding hands," says the onlooker at the bar.

"It seemed like it was much more than a one-night fling."

It seemed like more than that? Okay, we're convinced. In similar news that's actually been confirmed, Chris Lambton and Peyton Wright are officially a couple!

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This week's episode of The Bachelor featured a trip to Costa Rica, Michelle upping the crazy to levels we didn't know existed and two more women eliminated.

One of whom we pretty much forgot was still on the show, a sign that it's been a pretty smooth ride for Brad so far. The tough decisions will really begin next week.

How did last night's dates play out? Who went home and who are the final six remaining? Let's break it all down right here in THG's trademark +/- recap!

Brad Womack: Bachelor

Michelle, after Chantal Ohhhh received the first one-on-one date: "All I can do is be myself, be patient, and hope that she gets attacked by monkeys." Plus 8.

Obligatory Bachelor zip line / "take the plunge together" moment! Minus 5.

Chantal O’Brien in a men's white button-down shot? Not so unhot. Plus 12.

The good news about this date, which obviously ended with her getting a rose, was that Brad actually appeared human. The bad news? This is rare. Minus 4.

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The Bachelor Quotes

There’s still a lot of growing to do in our relationship. We will not tie the knot until I am mentally and physically prepared as well as Matt.

Shayne Lamas

It was a fairytale proposal like I’ve always dreamed about. I forgot that there [were] cameras around. In that moment, it was just Matt and I and it was the most amazing moment of my entire life.

Shayne Lamas [on proposal by Matt Grant]
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