emily maynard instagramFor a while now, twice-engaged Bachelorette Emily Maynard has been dodging the question about whether or not she's in a new relationship. Just a little more than a month ago, she told HuffPost she's "under no pressure to find a guy. I'm figuring it out on my own." Well, either she's figured it out or she wasn't completely dishing the truth then, because late last week, she admitted to Ryan Seacrest on his radio show that she does indeed have a boyfriend. (Maybe it's this guy named Nick?)

After asking, "You're single now, aren't you?" Emily responded, "I’m not actually ..." Whaaa?? So Ryan pressed, "You’re not single. But you’re dating someone who wasn’t on The Bachelor, right? Did you notice an increase in your stock afterwards?”

Yeah, it's an annoying question, but it certainly delivered an interesting response from the former Bachelorette ...

Emily replied:

I think the guy who thinks that my stock has increased, probably isn’t a guy that I would want to date. I really like the guy I’ve been dating, I’ve known him for a long time. He has never watched the show, he could not care less. ... Yeah, I think he’s kind of embarrassed by it actually.

Whoa, ouch! I'm a fan of the idea that Em may be falling for someone she's known a long time, who isn't out for her "increased stock." After all, she's right that a man who is in it for that wouldn't be worth her time. But still, he's "kind of embarrassed" by her involvement with the reality franchise? What the ...? That's not exactly a promising sign! In fact, it bodes pretty damn poorly for her, I'd say.

Didn't we all pretty much learn in junior high that we shouldn't be with someone who is ashamed to be with us? That the right person is going to be proud to be with us in spite of all of our flaws and past mistakes or, you know, engagements on reality TV?

It's one thing if the guy couldn't care less about Em's reality stardom, but to be embarrassed by it is a whole different ballgame. It makes it seem like he's not willing to fully accept her for who she is. And if that's the case, it seems that -- whether she "really likes" the guy or not -- she may be better off single!

What do you think about what Emily has to say about her latest flame? Do you think it's okay to be with someone who's embarrassed by you or your past?

 

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