A woman who left The Bachelor on her own accord is opening up about her experience on the show.
“You know, I thought about that and that is exactly why I was torn in the process,” she explained in a Thursday ABC teleconference. “I thought if I don't give it a try, I'll never know. But there's something that just didn't feel right, and my heart wasn't in it, and I wanted to be up front with Ben, and I wanted to be honest. But I don't think that we were connecting on that level and I could have gone, but I didn't want to take that opportunity away from one of the girls that was connecting with Ben. So I just thought, decided to do a very selfless act and to make the harder decision and to let him continue on with his search with women that he was connecting with.”
Her grandmother, who made an appearance on the first episode was surprised, according to Schreiner. “She really wanted it to work because she is such a big fan of Ben and of the show. But she's a great support system and she was understand - understandable of my decision. “
When asked if she wanted to avoid the embarrassment and maybe dump Ben before she could be dumped, she said, “There's not any truth behind that speculation. I don't mind getting dumped, it's happened before. If I wanted to pursue something and I wanted to go further with a guy, I think that it's worth trying. I just knew that my heart wasn't in it, so I just kind of didn't want to waste anybody's time.”
Schreiner said she got along with the other women in the house. “I stayed as far away from the drama as possible. But I did form a few good relationships with some girls in the house. I think that there are really a few girls that are genuine and have a good head on their shoulder. So I hope to continue on our friendship. I'm really glad [Ben] had a good time with Lindzi. They look like they're connecting very well and I'm happy for them.”
According to Schreiner, there isn’t anything surprising about Flajnik that viewers aren’t going to see on the show. “You know, I think you're going to see everything there is to know about Ben on TV. He's extremely passionate and he's loyal and he has a cute little dog that he treats like his son. So I think what you're seeing of Ben is what you get. I mean, what you see is what he's showing.“
Who does she think would be good for Flajnik? “I think Kaci B. is such a sweetheart,” she said. “I've had a chance to talk to her and she's just an amazing girl. When I talked to her on the show she was just very down to earth, just very genuine. I also thought - I like Emily. Emily and I hit it off really well. And I think Emily would be a good fit for Ben as well. And I would say Nicki. I think all those girls are great girls and have a lot going for them.”
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