The Bachelor: Melissa's Boyfriend Supportive of 'Dancing with the Stars' Stint
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
After admitting that she had indeed found a new boyfriend after Jason Mesnick infamously dumped her on national television, The Bachelor's Melissa Rycroft is proudly saying that her new man, long-time friend and insurance agent Ty Strickland, had been very “devoted” to her and has promised to watch all her Dancing with the Stars performances.

Rycroft, 25, is on the ABC reality show as a last-minute replacement for Access Hollywood host Nancy O'Dell, who suffered an injury while practicing before the show's March 9th premiere.

“His goal is to be here for all the shows,” says Rycroft, who is a former Dallas Cowboy cheerleader.  In the premiere, she had less than eight hours of rehearsal but still managed to come up with one of the most applauded performances of the night.

In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime talk show, Rycroft said she had known Strickland for two years and they have been dating on and off.  She also saw the irony in how her new beau and Mesnick's four-year-old son have the same name.

“He has been my rock and support throughout this whole process,” she said.  “We're best friends.”

On Tuesday's Dancing with the Stars results show, in which Belinda Carlisle was eliminated, Rycroft was seen immediately running over to Strickland for a quick hug and kiss.  The Bachelor host Chris Harrison was also in the audience to cheer for her.

“The last time I saw him, I was storming off stage.  This is a much better atmosphere to be reunited with him,” she says.

Rycroft is competing with the likes of model-actor Gilles Marini of Sex and the City the movie fame, Apple exec Steve Wozniak, prankster Steve-O, rapper Lil Kim, and fellow reality show alums Holly Madison and Denise Richards.

- Glenn L. Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Trans World News
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