By Paulette Cohn for Project Wedding
After a season of off-the-wall, acerbic comments from "The Bachelor"'s seemingly "crazy" Michelle Money, it was a surprise to talk to her following her ousting on Monday night's show. In an interview with reporters, the 30-year-old hairstylist from Salt Lake City, UT only had nice things to say about Brad Womack and her fellow bachelorettes. Now, we've got the inside story from Michelle on when things went bad, who she thinks will win "The Bachelor"'s heart and what future bachelorettes should know.
Did you ever really feel that Brad was falling for you?
Michelle Money: Yeah. If I didn't feel like that, I wouldn't have been there. I would have been home with my daughter. Brad and I really had a strong connection from the beginning. I made it clear to him the first night that if he felt I was not the right girl for him, I asked that he send me home immediately. I have a 5-year-old at home that I left to go pursue this relationship. A lot of what you didn't see was our conversation that was a lot more intimate and connected. Our communication was really great. I know that when he sent me home, he knew 100 percent that was when I should go home.
Can you talk about where it started to go wrong? Did you have a feeling that night that you would not be receiving the rose?
Michelle Money: I had a feeling that something was off. Brad and I --even though you didn't see it in Costa Rica -- we had a really, really great conversation. I wish that you guys had been able to see it. I felt great going into Anguilla, but after we had our photo shoot and we had some time at the pool to talk, I could tell that it was different. In my opinion, I think that is when he started falling in love with Emily.
The last few times we kissed in Anguilla, I could feel that his kisses weren't as passionate or emotional. That is what helped me realize that his heart was with someone else by the way he would kiss me. It was more cold.
When Brad walked you out to the car, you didn't want him to touch you and it appeared as if you didn't want to talk. What was going through your mind?
Michelle Money: Brad and I actually had a conversation. Unfortunately, it wasn't shown. We had a really great conversation that gave me closure and made me feel confident in his decision. I was really just excited to go home to my daughter.
Looking back, do you still feel that Brad is the right guy for you?
Michelle Money: I have gotten beyond that. It doesn't matter if I think he is the right guy for me. If he doesn't think I am right for him, it is irrelevant. I think I am not his type. I personally think his type of girl is more along the lines of Emily. I feel Brad needs someone who is soft spoken and feminine. She is that Southern belle. She is ladylike and sweet and soft. I think that is the kind of girl that would be best for Brad.
Are you ready to start dating again? Are you worried that your portrayal as a villain on the show might affect your dating life?
Michelle Money: I think once you meet me face-to-face and have a conversation with me, it is clear that I am not a villain. I am not worried about dating at all. I think more than anything, I have had a hard time finding people to date in Utah. Being a single mom, it is hard to get out and meet new people. I am hopeful that I will meet somebody. I still want the same things: I want to get married I want to have more kids. I want to be in a committed, healthy relationship with somebody and I hope I will find that.
What are you looking for in a mate?
Michelle Money: I am looking for somebody who is very confident, who can make me laugh and someone I can trust to be a great example to my daughter.
How about handicapping the remaining women's chances?
Michelle Money: My personal belief is that Emily is the last girl standing. Maybe it is the hope I have. Emily was my best friend in the house, so I know Emily better than anybody on the show. I think this Monday, Shawntel N. is going to go home, next is Ashley H. I think it will be Chantal O. and Emily. I think Emily will be the one that ends up with him if that is what she wants. I don't think it will be just if Brad chooses her, but I think it might be more if she chooses Brad, too.
What if Brad chooses no one? He has done that before.
Michelle Money: I don't think he will, but if he chooses no one, good for him. Be true to yourself. Be honest.
What advice do you have for other women who would like to try to go on "The Bachelor"?
Michelle Money: You have to be true to yourself. All you can do is be you. Yes, it is a TV show but it is also very real. When I left the show, I felt great about the choices I made. I felt confident that I was true to myself and that Brad got a good idea of who I am. You have to open your heart up and be vulnerable.
"The Bachelor" airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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