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Is Emily Maynard really as sweet and down-to-earth as she seems on The Bachelorette? Probably, but that doesn't make for good celebrity gossip!

That's got to be the rationale for Us Weekly’s most recent issue, which touts “shocking secrets” about Maynard, the 26-year-old single mom.

They have four major claims, which we break down below:

Emily Maynard Us Weekly Cover
  1. Nose job, breast implants, fake teeth, etc. "Sources" say she went under the knife prior to taping Brad Womack’s season of The Bachelor in 2010.
  2. She's a temperamental b!tch: “Maynard has admitted that her relationship with Brad post-Bachelor was marred by 'knock-down, drag-out fights.'"  
  3. She and Ricki’s grandparents hate each other: The late Ricky Hen­drick’s parents are “livid” Maynard decided to do a second round of reality TV.
  4. She's kind of a social-climbing snob: “Emily is a bit of a social climber” who's dated "some heavy hitters" and enjoys the finer things in life.

All in all, kind of a non-story. She’s naturally gorgeous, even if she wears too much make-up, and couples fight sometimes. Brad's no picnic either.

As for her telling Kalon McMahon to hit the bricks, if someone called your kid “baggage,” well, you aren't a b!tch for snapping back. You're human.

Ricky's parents hating her? Who knows. It's not hard to believe there's tension or they don't like her going on The Bachelorette for obvious reasons.

And wow, Emily Maynard has money and has dated famous people (including other race car drivers not named Ricky or Arie Luyendyk, Jr.)? Gasp!

Really, Us, you're stretching a little bit here.

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Things are getting serious on The Bachelorette, which ran it back with another contrived, unintentionally hilarious, and over-the-top dramatic episode tonight.

Who prevailed when Emily treated eight men to a special day on the water at the Bermuda Yacht Club? Who came up empty while the winners celebrated?

Who tried to impress Em by referring to her as a possible "trophy wife" (always smart), and who actually charmed her into getting a rose at the end of the day?

Follow this link for a rundown of The Bachelorette spoilers we know now, including the (alleged) final three. Then read on for THG's +/- Bachelorette recap!

Winning the Race!

It's bright and early and Chris calls the guys together to tell them there will be three dates this week: a one-on-one, a two-on-one, and a group date. All in Bermuda. From there dates will happen at various places around the world. Plus 20.

Emily has Ricki on this international trip. And she can't wait to come back here with her husband. And possibly pregnant. AND pushing a stroller.

Simmer down, Emily's Ovaries. Minus 5.

Arie found the first card. Doug got the one-on-one date. Alejandro's jealous. I forgot Alejandro was even here. Chances are Emily did too.

All the guys are cheering and jeering at Doug and Arie says he's ready for the Bromance to end among the guys. Doug's nervous; Arie says it's easy to push his buttons. All the guys push his buttons to completely psych him out before his date with Emily. Plus 10.

Emily says she feels like she and Doug have known each other for years. Their date consists at first of walking around the town, talking, checking into shops, and eating food from street vendors. It seems like the perfect day. Plus 5.

Doug tells her that he recently started a charity to show his son that one person can change the world. Then he tells her about the awkward moment she walked into and she's impressed that he felt comfortable enough to tell her. And then they write his son a note. And I got a cavity from all the sugar dripping off the screen. Plus 10.

Beauty and the Beach

I'm not sure if "Bermudian" is a word, but Emily thinks it is. They walk through the Moon Gate and make a wish. Her wish? That she won't be single forever. Like that wasn't obvious. Minus 20.

Emily and Doug meet up for dinner. Emily thinks Doug's hiding something. His answers are always too perfect and positive. She wants to know what complaints his ex girlfriends would have, then tells him even his answers to those questions are perfect.

He turns it around on her and her flaws are that she doesn't get out of her pajamas sometimes and runs errands in them. That's when she realizes maybe she asked the wrong question. Minus 35 for the awkward dinner conversation.

It's no surprise that she gives him the rose.

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by Free Britney at

Emily Maynard may or may not be the best-looking star of The Bachelorette yet, depending on your point of view, but she's absolutely the best-dressed.

A $350,000 wardrobe budget from ABC doesn't hurt.

“We had an enormous clothing budget,” Emily’s stylist, Cary Fetman, said. “It was bigger than any previous season ... and we still went over!”

Emily Maynard Bachelorette Photo

Not that she really needs help - her sweet nature, good looks and adorable daughter are all a guy would ever want - but Maynard, 26, is going all out style-wise.

“Emily has fabulous taste and was involved in deciding what we would dress her in,” Cary adds. “For me, it was almost like dressing a Barbie doll!”

While she dazzles in her strappy $1,045 Christian Louboutin Straratata heels and a $4,000 nude Randi Rahm gown, she does have a list of no-nos.

“Emily hates flats,” Cary revealed of the North Carolinan. “She loves to be a girlie girl. She loves dresses and anything glitzy and sparkly.”

Oh, and despite her easy-going ways, “She is not a jeans girl by any means.”

Just something to keep in mind, Arie Luyendyk, Jr. Keep it in mind.

NOTE: To see how Arie and the rest of the guys fare in the coming weeks, check out The Bachelorette spoilers page on THG ... if you dare!

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The Bachelorette ran it back with another partially-contrived, unintentionally hilarious, uber-dramatic episode tonight on Memorial Day. And what an episode.

Okay, it was pretty run-of-the-mill. But between some vintage Bachelorette cliches, a romantic date with Arie Luyendyk, Jr., and some man tears, it had its moments.

After two weeks of first impressions - some good, some not - the remaining men took another shot tonight, and man oh man, things started to get REAL.

Real dumb.

Follow this link for a rundown of The Bachelorette spoilers we know now, including the (alleged) final three. Then read on for THG's +/- Bachelorette recap!

Emily Maynard, Harness

After three weeks, it's still cute that Emily's a mom. Plus 8, and Plus 4 more for the prospect of her looking as good as her mom does in her 40s.

Chris and his serial killer eyes get the first one-on-one. Minus 5 for ABC not casting him as the villain this season. Kalon's looks aren't as terrifying.

He's even wearing the Dexter shirt! Plus 4.

Minus 70 for the obligatory, recycled building-climbing date and corresponding metaphors. It is not like love, life or relationships. Please, just spare us.

Plus 7 for Chris saying she looks good in a harness though. You could see the wheels turning and Fifty Shades of Grey-esque images in his head.

Emily tells Chris he's cute. A LOT. Minus 2.

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Arie Luyendyk, Jr., is doing a great job wooing Emily Maynard on The Bachelorette so far this season, but a series of strange details about his past have cast serious doubt about both his character and motives.

Are we looking at Mr. Here For the Wrong Reasons?

While none of the revelations are that scandalous, Arie's level of success this season (see The Bachelorette spoilers for more on that topic) makes them quite consequential as a serious candidate to become Emily's fiancé and Ricki’s future stepfather.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. Picture

According to reports, Bachelorette producer Cassie Lambert not only knows Arie - a race car driver and son of Indycar champion Arie Luyendyk, Sr. - she's been trying to get him on the show for years, but he kept turning it down.

That is, until this year, when and that he agreed to do it because Cassie would help him get to the end. According to Bachelorette spoiler guru Reality Steve, Arie even said, “I’m only doing it because I know I’m gonna win.”

He was extremely confident going into the show that Cassie would help him get far, because she's coached him and is the one Emily talks to daily.

How much this influenced Emily, we'll likely never know, but his relationship with Cassie Lambert played a major role in him agreeing to the show.

Amazingly, it only gets weirder from there.

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Emily Maynard is usually one to take the high road.

The 26-year-old single mom appeared on Access Hollywood Wednesday, where she was asked, not surprisingly, about Brad Womack's recent diss of her.

Brad remarked, allegedly, that he "dodged a bullet" when their engagement ended. We'd argue that she did, but either way, that's a harsh comment.

"I haven't heard from him since filming started ... but I don't know," Emily Maynard told host Billy Bush. "At first, my feelings were really hurt."

  • Sweet Emily Maynard
  • A Brad Womack Photo

"We left everything very civil and I've never said a bad work about him. But knowing Brad, he didn't mean it that way. That's what I'm going to say."

Earlier this month, Texas bar owner Womack aid he had "zero interest" in watching his ex-fiancee court 25 suitors on ABC's The Bachelorette.

"All I'll say is she is a helluva woman and I hope it works out," Brad said.

Will it? Not for Randy Lee Woyak, Lerone Anu, Jean-Paul LaCount, David Hornyk, Brent Richter, Joe Gendreau, Kyle Dillon, Aaron Martell or Jackson Longnecker.

Em has already sent home nine of 25 men after two episodes. For a look at a few (we think) will make it to the end, read our Bachelorette spoilers page!

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by Tattle Taylor at

The Bachelorette is back in full swing, and with it, all the scripted drama, misleading promos and man tears we've come to expect over the years.

It doesn't get any better than this ... for us. Emily might beg to differ.

After a season premiere that featured memorable first impressions - some good, some not so good - the remaining men took another shot tonight.

Follow this link for a rundown of The Bachelorette spoilers we know so far, including the (alleged) final three. Then read on for THG's +/- Bachelorette recap!

Bachelorette Hottie

In case we weren't aware or forgot, this is being filmed in Charlotte so Emily can be near her daughter. The news and locals hope this will remind people that Charlotte exists. 

Mr. Hostman (ha, get it? Hostman? Postman? Should I minus 5 myself for that?) Chris has letters for some guys to let them know they'll be going on dates with Emily.

Some of the other guys will have to stay behind. Hostman reminds them that if they get alone time with Emily, they have to take advantage of it. 

Kalon says he's upset to see the other guys, particularly Ryan, get to spend time with Emily, the girl he wants to be with. Minus 5. Jealousy's not flattering on anyone. And your jealousy is faked for the camera, Kalon, so that makes it even more unflattering.

Kalon does, however, speak the truth when he says this is like the frat house from Hell. To show us just how frat house this is, we're treated to gratuitous shirtless guys! Plus 10!

Emily takes Ryan on the first date. Instead of something romantic or daredevil-ish, Emily's idea of a date is to rake Ryan home with her. So that he can bring in the groceries. Plus 5. This is manpower at its finest, Emily! 

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by Free Britney at

The Bachelorette star Emily Maynard was apparently just dissed by her former fiance, Brad Womack, in a recent interview he gave. What did the guy say?

Asked about the 26-year-old single mother by his hometown ABC station, Brad allegedly said: “I think I dodged a bullet with that relationship.”

Yeah. If that's true, really not cool Brad.

Emily Maynard, Brad Womack Pic

Good thing Emily Maynard has a whole new group of guys to choose from on the new season of The Bachelorette, since Brad clearly wasn't The One.

Who will she choose now that she's the one doling out the roses for the ABC reality franchise, which airs tonight? That's yet to be determined.

The Bachelorette spoilers we've read and posted so far hint at some of the serious contenders, however, so check out that page if you're curious!

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Emily Maynard wouldn't reveal if she gets engaged on The Bachelorette this season, though she says she "was happy before the show, but really happy now."

She also says the road to the final rose was secondary to protecting her little girl. On a conference call with reporters, she described how that influenced things:

"If I was a single 26-year-old without a daughter, I'd be doing the same things the other Bachelorettes did. But Ricki is always at the forefront of my mind."

Emily Maynard Photograph

"I wouldn't get in a hot tub on a first date in my everyday life so I sure as hell am not going to do it on [TV]. I like to keep Ricki sheltered to a point."

"She's not at an age where she can even begin to understand the reason for the cameras. I told her it was for a very elaborate home video that she could watch way down the road. ... Ricki's life was not really affected at all."

"She was very protected throughout the entire process. She didn't see the guys. I got to spend a lot of time with her, take her to school and do all my mom stuff."

As for how Emily Maynard finally came around to doing the show?

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Emily Maynard is happy to be The Bachelorette, and even happier that the producers didn't pull any major stunts with the casting. That we know of. Yet.

The Bachelorette spoilers for this season are still trickling in, so who knows what surprises await the beautiful single mom from Charlotte, North Carolina.

The season premiere last night was relatively drama-free and went off without a hitch, with the exception of a helicopter that had her fearing the worst.

That being the return of Brad Womack ... or Bentley Williams.

The Bachelorette Promo Pic

Fortunately for Emily Maynard, the producers weren't cruel enough to subject her to her ex-fiancee, or that jackass from Ashley's season, as a stunt.

Instead, she met 25 great guys, many of whom went all out to impress her. Who made the best first impressions with the former Bachelor winner?

Some excerpts from Emily's blog about the opener below:

"First of all, I can't even begin to say how grateful and blessed I feel to be The Bachelorette. It's still hard for me to wrap my head around the idea."

"It was a big decision to come back. I was in love with Brad and what we had was very real and true, but when things didn't work out with him, I was reminded that sometimes when people grow they grow apart."

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