There will be a new spin on The Bachelorette, when it returns this spring. For the first time the star of the ABC reality series will be a single mother. Emily Maynard, who accepted Brad Womack’s proposal on the 15th season of The Bachelor, only to see the relationship fall apart, will be looking for love again, and she’ll have 25 bachelors to choose from.
As fans of The Bachelor know, Maynard led a tragic but fulfilling life before meeting Womack. In 2004 she became engaged to famed NASCAR driver and team owner Ricky Hendrick, but, soon after, he died in a plane crash leaving his fiancée pregnant with their child. The legacy of their love, Josephine Riddick “Ricki” Hendrick, was born June 29, 2005.
Maynard was instantly popular with Bachelor fans, who admired her strength and passion and were taken with her southern charm. Although her romance with Womack didn’t work out, Maynard knows the series can work. That’s why she’s decided to give it another go in her quest to find true love, as she looks for someone who makes her laugh, doesn’t take himself too seriously, and can be her best friend.
A Morgantown, West Virginia native, Mayard currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she’s a full-time mom to Ricki, 6. Maynard also does volunteer work for children’s causes. She has given her time to the Hendrick Marrow program, Levine Children’s Hospital, the lunch buddy program at Hidden Valley Middle School, and most recently to a jewelry class she is teaching at an underfunded middle school. Next on her list is a mission trip to Africa.
On the romantic front, Maynard is ready to find love again with someone who shares her spark for life. She believes she will find her soul mate on The Bachelorette.