I am a Bachelor junkie – I host a viewing party weekly for my friends, I’ve seen almost every season, and I follow a lot of the contestants on Instagram. In case you are not familiar with the show, every single season of The Bachelor has at least one central ‘villain’ contestant – they usually hang around long enough to stir up some drama and have some fun, quippy lines during their interviews. Courtney Robertson was one of the most legendary villains to ever be on the show – she constantly berated and mocked other contestants and against all odds ended up winning her season. The Bachelor production team is notoriously manipulative (and great at editing sound bites) so I was excited to see if Courtney had been a victim of this manipulation and to get her side of the story. Sadly, this book didn’t end up changing my opinion of Courtney for the better.
Millions of devoted fans of ABC’s reality hit The Bachelor tune in each week find out which lucky woman will win the heart of America’s most desirable single. But what happens in the fantasy suite doesn’t always stay in the fantasy suite. For the first time ever, a former Bachelor contestant offers up an insider look at the love, heartbreak, and reality behind reality television.
Courtney Robertson joined season sixteen of The Bachelor looking for love. A working model and newly single, Courtney fit the casting call: she was young, beautiful, and a natural in front of the cameras. But as her bachelor, winery owner Ben Flajnik, was unveiled and the season unfolded, something else was also clear—she was not there to make friends.
Courtney quickly became the biggest villain in Bachelor franchise history. She unapologetically pursued her man, steamrolled her competition, and broke the rules—including an illicit skinny-dip that sealed her proposal. Now, after a very public breakup with Ben, Courtney opens up about what really happened—from her first moments in the limo, to her proposal on a Swiss mountain top, to the tabloid frenzy that continued after the cameras stopped rolling. Dubbed “one of the most controversial contestants” ever, Courtney dishes on fellow alums in Bachelor Nation and explains why most relationships implode after the final rose.