Bettina Bell came in third on the 2007 season of The Bachelor, narrowly missing being chosen by Brad Womack. She and Brad had great...

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We've talked at length about Brad Womack and his shocking rejection of both Jenni Croft and DeAnna Pappas on the season finale of The Bachelor.

We've been searching far and wide for reasons, for possible insights into the mind of Brad Womack. Now an insider has shed new light on the matter.

According to TV expert Kristin Veitch of E! Online, the real reason behind Brad Womack's stunning, unexpected decision to choose neither Jenni Croft or DeAnna Pappas in the season finale was, in reality, neither Jenni nor DeAnna.

Turns out, the reason may have been the girl he really had fallen for on the show, who had fallen out of the running a week earlier. Her name? Bettina Bell.

Bettina Bell Picture

Says a rock-solid source: "Brad was really into [Bettina Bell], who made it to the final four. But when he went to visit her parents, Bettina's father was so awful to him, Brad knew it wouldn't work. So, he was just sort of over the whole thing."

Brad Womack visited Bettina's childhood home in the sixth episode of the season and Bell's father apparently sealed his daughter's fate when he stated he was "disappointed" by Brad's lack of a college degree and his career choice.

Sure, a smitten guy might look past that, but this is reality TV, people. Brad had, of course, only known Bettina Bell for a few weeks, and being humiliated on national TV is not exactly the makings of a long-lasting family bond.

So does this make Brad Womack's actions better or worse?

Obviously it still hurts for DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft, who had their hearts ripped out, and for viewers, who felt like they got robbed like Kim Kardashian at the airport. But this new info sure casts a different light on Womack's blunder.

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