Brooks Forester's Ex-Girlfriend Explains Why He Left 'Bachelorette' Desiree Hartsock Heartbroken

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desiree hartsock brooks forester breakupThe Bachelorette finale really was an adrenaline-pumping ride -- due in great part to the eleventh-hour departure of Brooks Forester, who Desiree Hartsock admitted to being in love with weeks before she jetted off to the fantasy suites and final roses in Antigua. When the man Reality Steve was CERTAIN would win Desiree's heart actually self-eliminated, Bachelor Nation was left stunned, and we're still trying to pick up the pieces! Thankfully, Brooks's most recent ex, Erin Reese, spoke with the National Enquirer to shed some light on the situation ...

The 28-year-old model -- who worked with Brooks on a wedding-themed photo shoot, just like Des, ouch! -- shared, "I broke Brooks’s heart, and he’s never forgiven me. I dated him for nearly two years, and about 18 months ago we called it quits." A family insider says Brooks was so torn up over the split, because Erin cheated on him.

The source elaborates, "Brooks loved Erin very much. They were talk­ing seriously about getting married, but then he found out that Erin was cheating on him. Brooks broke up with her and never looked back." Ouch.

It's mind-boggling then to understand why he would launch himself into a reality TV show competition for love, in which he wittingly agreed to stand by as Des kissed and snuggled with 24 other men. A source close to Brooks admits that he "knew what he was signing up for with The Bachelorette. But at the same time, when he saw Desiree kissing other guys week after week, it was disgusting to him." What a mess!

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We may want to make Brooks out to be the villain for various reasons, but it's really hard to, especially knowing this bit about his last breakup. He probably was convinced he was ready to find love again.

It can happen to the best of us. It could be several months, even a year or more, post-breakup, and just as you're about to start a new relationship, you realize you're not ready. Or you're having trouble trusting and committing again. Obviously, those are emotional issues anyone serious about having a long-term relationship would want to work through ...

But it seems like Brooks just wasn't there yet -- for Des or possibly for anyone. Even more reason I can't blame him for walking away. (And it didn't hurt that he totally made me giggle by slamming Chris Siegfried's HORRENDOUS poetry! Haa!)

Does this make you more or less sympathetic to Brooks? Have you ever tried to make a new relationship work too soon after a split?

 

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Donna Fay Langston

 He did the right thing  it hard to find love again after you have be hurt by someone you gave your heart too for years you will fine the right one Brooks


 


 

Donna Fay Langston

HE DID THE RIGHT THING WALKING A WAY I HARD TO FIND LOVE WHEN SOMEONE HAS HURT YOU LIKE THAT GIRL HURT BROOKS  YOU JUST DO NOT GO OUT  AND  SEE SOMEONE BEHIND THE ONE YOU LOVE AND WAS TO BE MARRIED TOO AT SOME TIME IN YOUR LIVE SO BROOKS I NO HOW YOU FEEL I LOST MY FIRST HUSBAND TO DEATH AND I HURT LIKE HELL  AND  WAS THINKING I WOULD NEVER FINE SOMEONE AGAIN BUT A YEARS LATER I GAVE UP ON HOPE THEN GOD SEND ME A WONDERFUL MAN TO MY LIFE AND I THINK WHEN THE TIME RIGHT YOU WILL FINE THE LOVE OF YOUR LIVE  HOPE  NEVER GIVE UP BROOKS

Barbara Mahoney Adams

Hmm it says he broke up with the cheater and never looked back..but apparently he did. Hard to forget I guess. But it's to bad he couldn't give des a chance....even if it didn't work out, at least he could say he tried...this way he'll never know what could have been. Sometimes love takes a little while, especially if your dealing with a bunch of people and tv, etc. personally I think he bailed to quick. Oh we'll...but one thing is for sure...if its meant to be, it will be.

Dianne Daraitis Rothenbuehler

Kind of ironic when Dez knew how it felt to be dumped by Brooks, she goes ahead and dumps Drew.  Isn't that the same thing?  Different standards Des???

Julie L Hewitt

He shouldn't have gone on the bachelorette if he wasn't fully over his ex, i mean, da?????

Puri Shea

I don't buy this crap! Brooks was not honestly disclosed that he cheated on his former girlfriend to half of his age. Brooks is a loser, he should not signed up on the show, if he can't 100% sure he is committed to find love again. BESIDES the media concern between Des and Chris, let them blossom their love, relationship, and forever lasting couple. THEY NEED TO BE LEFT ALONE!

Kelli Ross Mowery-Martinez

ur a loser not brookes. wen ur sumone hurts u bad its not easy to forget.ive been there lots .keep ur chin up brookes

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