While many are annoyed at Jason Mesnick
, there are a few people who still defend his "change of heart. " One of them is Sheena Stewart
, a contestant on The Bachelor
season 11, who made it to the final four and even got a hometown visit but was eventually dumped by Brad Womack
, who ended up rejecting both final women in the finale.
This may come as a surprise to many Bachelor
fans given that Stewart already got her dose of reality TV agony from Womack. She even admitted that her heart felt like “it got ripped in half” after he eliminated her from the competition. On the other hand, Stewart has an idea of what Mesnick is going through “because she knows reality TV makes people do strange things.”
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"I give him the benefit of the doubt," Stewart said. "You really do get caught up in the show and in the moment. There's pressure. You're secluded from the outside world. The producers are pushing you to make a decision. You're tugged in different directions. And viewers see only part of what's going on.”
"I think Jason made both, a genuine mistake, and a genuine decision. And I give him props for ultimately doing what he believed was right for him," she added.
In the season finale of The Bachelor 13
, Mesnick proposed to Melissa Rycroft
and then dumped her in front of millions during the After the Final Rose special to be with runner-up Molly Malaney
. This made Stewart look back at her own heartbreaking experience but is now grateful over how things turned out.
"I'm so glad that I didn't fall really, really hard for someone, only to get rejected at the end," she said. "I'm glad I didn't have to get humiliated and crushed and face all that public scrutiny."
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Mercury News
(Image courtesy of ABC)