Columbia County’s Ryan Bowers didn’t get the girl on ABC’s The Bachelorette on Monday night and now wants people to know that he’s not the villain the show made him out to be.
“They’re building entertainment for the show, so they build characters out of you,” said Bowers, who was eliminated from the show. “If there’s any regrets, it’s maybe that I was so trusting to be able to really open up and talk about things. It’s a bit hurtful when somebody takes your words and uses them the wrong way.”
Bowers, the owner of AthElite Sports Training Academy in Evans, appeared on six episodes of the reality show as one of 25 young men competing to win the heart of bachelorette Emily Maynard. He was one of seven men remaining in the house, he said.
“There’s so many other people who really know me that have defended me,” Bowers said. “I don’t think there’s anybody who really knows me that has come out and said anything negative because they know my intentions for the things that I say and the things that I do.”
He said several men from the show called him Monday to apologize for how things they said came out.
Bowers said it was “very shocking” that he was eliminated so soon.
He said that Maynard should have given him more time because she admitted she wasn’t sure she had made the right decision.
“But I think she was right that we were not compatible for each other,” he said. “That doesn’t mean two people aren’t good people. She’s a good person, and I am. We can appreciate each other, just not as husband and wife.”
He said they had a good time on their last date but doesn’t think their relationship could have lasted.
“I just think that we had real different views and opinions on things,” Bowers said. “I’m a lot more playful than she is on stuff, so she didn’t know how to take some things that I was saying. To her credit, she doesn’t really get to know me to understand why I say what I say, and that’s part of the process, accelerating dating. Would it have been smarter for me to hold back on things? Yes.
“But the goal was not to win for me. The goal was more or less to find out if we were compatible with one another, and I found out that we were not.”