Former star of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette DeAnna Pappas didn’t get her fairy-tale ending after enduring two seasons on the reality TV shows.
But that hasn’t stopped her from helping other frazzled brides-to-be plan their big day as the host of Get Married, a wedding advice show that airs on Lifetime.
She's definitely got the right experience! Oh, wait.
In an interview with People, DeAnna Pappas, 27, chatted about weddings, why she and ex Jesse Csincsak broke up, and her much-anticipated visit to The Bachelor pad now inhabited by her Bachelorette runner-up, Jason Mesnick.
Q: Tell us about your new co-hosting gig on Get Married?
DeAnna Pappas: It is the bride’s guide to getting married, from finding the right dress and invitations to writing vows, picking a cake and planning the honeymoon. The show handles broad topics and refers viewers to the site GetMarried.com where they can find local vendors and even more tips. My co-host Colin Cowie and I also have blogs on the site. Me, I just talk about everyday life and my ongoing quest for love.
Q: Why did you want to host this show?
DeAnna Pappas: When the opportunity first came about, I was engaged, and when the president of the company contacted me in Colorado, I thought I could learn something [for my wedding] and follow my TV hosting dream. I flew back home to Atlanta and met with her. It is a very close-knit family, a comfortable setting and I really liked their goal of helping brides and grooms.Q: What do you say to people who question your credibility as a host of a wedding program?
DeAnna Pappas: I have very thick skin but negative comments would get anybody down. I still very much want to fall in love, get married and have my own family. My beliefs and wants and needs haven’t changed. I am still the same person even though I am no longer engaged. Colin is not engaged or getting married and the last two hosts weren’t either. There is so much focus on me because I was that girl who went on two reality shows to find love and it didn’t work out.
Q: Do you still believe in happily ever after?
DeAnna Pappas: I still believe in happily ever after. None of my past relationship have worked out for a reason, but I believe those people have come into my life to lead me to the next person and maybe that next person is the one I am meant to go to the altar with.
Q: We have heard a lot from Jesse Csincsak about your breakup. Can you give us your side of the story?
DeAnna Pappas: Life moves on. He’s in another relationship (with another The Bachelor hottie, Holly Durst). It’s been three months now and I’m pretty much over dealing with the breakup. Everyone handles it differently and sometimes when people are hurt and mad, they say things they didn’t mean. Hopefully one day people will be sorry for the false accusations and mean things that they have said, often on the Internet. Although I did choose to put myself out there on national TV, there are things I believe should be kept private and out of respect for me and Jesse. We realized that we were two totally different people who wanted totally different things and we lived our lives in totally different ways and it was never gonna work. I loved him sincerely, but it would not have worked in the long run.
Q: Do you guys keep in touch? Any chance for reconciliation?
DeAnna Pappas: Nope. No chance of us getting back together for sure by now.
Q: What did you think when you saw your Bachelorette runner-up, Jason Mesnick, was chosen as the next star of The Bachelor?
DeAnna Pappas: I was very happy for Jason. We talked a lot before we went on. I told him it would be one of the best experiences of his life and that he would form many wonderful friendships and fall in love. I warned him that it is wonderful and hard at the same time.
Q: We know from upcoming clips that you make an appearance on The Bachelor. Can you give us a preview?
DeAnna Pappas: The burning question. Unfortunately everyone will just have to watch and see what I am doing there. It will be worth the wait. The women were not that happy to see me, I can tell you that.
Q: We heard you say something about a mistake in the trailer. Do you regret not choosing Jason?
DeAnna Pappas: I have no idea what you are talking about [said sheepishly].