Conflicting opinions have come out about Maynard's final decision. Chris Harrison, host of The Bachelorette and Maynard's mentor, says that she is in love with four men; while former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky says there is a chance Maynard winds up alone.
In an interview with TV Guide, Harrison says that Maynard's decision is not an easy one. Emily is down to four men for the hometown dates: Arie, Chris, Jef and Sean. Reality Steve went one step further saying, I can tell you that Emily is not with Arie.
It's never been such a split decision before and it's definitely driving it pretty hard, Harrison said. And Emily is clearly split, so here lies the dilemma moving forward. As you saw in the tease last night, we get to the end of hometowns and she realizes, 'Oh, crap. I can't be falling in love with four people when time is running out.' I think she thought she'd come into this, see one guy, and that would be it. And the rest of the season [would] kind of sail through, but it's becoming anything but that.
Next week is not as easy as people think it's going to be, he added. You'll see when we get to deliberation how emotional it is and why.
I just see a maturity level with this group, and because of her story and what the guys know she's looking for, it allows for that to happen sooner. Maybe with the other Bachelorettes, yes, they're there for love, but you don't want to push the envelope too soon. I think with Emily, everyone knew you couldn't push the envelope soon enough. As soon as someone says ['I want babies'], most guys would literally leave skid marks as they run out of there, but if you're there at this point, you've embraced the fact that she's already a mom.
But Fedotowsky has a different take on things. The former Bachelor contestant and the sixth Bachelorette said that she thinks Maynard's role as mom weighs heavily on everyone.
I know from experience doing the show is tough because as much as you're into the other person, it kind of throws you into this intense relationship, she told WetPaint. I can't imagine how difficult it is to be like, 'OK, now you're not only engaged ... you have a child.'
I love Emily to pieces and I think she's darling and I really, really hope it worked out for her ... but I have a feeling it didn't. I honestly think there's a chance she's not with anyone.
It is possible for a Bachelor or Bachelorette to not choose a final partner.
When Brad Womack and Maynard broke up it was the second time he lost love. Season 15 was Womack's second run as The Bachelor. On Season 11, Womack became the first bachelor in the history of the ABC series to reject all bachelorettes. Could he have been the catalyst of a new trend?
Breakups happen all the time on the series, as well.
Time reported that of the 15 seasons of The Bachelor and the seven seasons of The Bachelorette, only one couple has stayed together for the long haul. Trista and Ryan Sutter from Season 1 of The Bachelorette are still married. The couple lives in Colorado and has two children. Jason Mesnick of Season 13 wound up marrying the show's runner-up. And Ashley Hubert, the most recent bachelorette who made it to the final three with Maynard for Womack's love, is still engaged to her final pick.
Other reports claim that Maynard is not only in love, but also engaged.
On June 16, Life & Style reported that Maynard had gotten engaged on May 11 just after midnight. Although the groom-to-be's identity was not disclosed, the final bachelor reportedly got down on one knee and proposed to Maynard with a four-carat Neil Lane diamond ring worth approximately $90,000.
It was truly a one-of-a-kind fairy-tale experience for her, a source told the tabloid. The final bachelor was led through a grand sky-blue gate to where Emily stood. The proposal took place in the middle of the night, which gave it a more intimate feel.
The engagement purportedly took place in the cobblestone courtyard at the Kura Hulanda resort on the Caribbean island of Curaçao and was filmed for the finale of The Bachelorette, which will air on July 16, according to Life & Style.
Emily is still happy and engaged, a friend later told the tabloid. She is ecstatic. She's over the moon and loves her ring. Ricki is really happy, too.
Even if Maynard does choose a bachelor, the odds of ever reaching that happily-ever-after are stacked against her.