Let me start off by reminding everyone about the live video blog tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST and also talking about a couple things that have come up since Tuesday’s column: the tarantula story and what’s with all the break-up rumors between Ben and Courtney? As far as Terry the tarantula, now that caught me completely off guard. I’m shocked at how many people read that paragraph and thought I was serious that that tarantula sucked out Courtney’s blood then died from blood poisoning. I thought it was written so ridiculously and so sarcastically that people couldn’t possibly believe that was true. Guess I was wrong. People were emailing me cheering that they’d heard the tarantula bit her. Unreal.
Seems like every Thursday I have to start off this blog and address all the tabloid rumors that come out on a weekly basis (tabloids are released on the shelves on Wednesday, and that’s when all the other internet sites start running with the stories.) So we’ve read plenty of stories and heard numerous quotes from anonymous sources that Ben and his final choice (Courtney) have broken up. The bottom line is I don’t think anyone knows what the hell is going on in these two’s relationship, including myself. I know they got engaged in Switzerland. After that, so many rumors and stories come out, it’s impossible to cherry pick which ones are true and which ones aren’t. I have not specifically been told they are broken up. That doesn’t mean they aren’t, just means I haven’t been told they are.
Now, do I think there’s trouble in paradise? Yes, I do. If you read between the lines of these quotes, you can see that Ben is trying to get out in front of this by having people from his camp leak stuff to the tabloids, and you’ve even got people from Courtney’s camp leaking stuff on her behalf. Which is why I’ve been saying for months, the “After the Final Rose” is gonna be one interesting show. People can speculate all they want and write stories with headlines that “Ben and his final choice are over,” then when you read the story, it says nothing in it about a breakup. I’m supposed to be getting some information later today that I will hopefully be able to share tonight on the live video blog (9PM EST/6PM PST). I think the truth to all these stories lies somewhere in the middle. I definitely don’t think these two are in engaged bliss right, that’s for sure. But to the extent that some of these stories are reporting? Not sure if I buy that either.
No one is going to know for sure where everything stands with them until the ATFR tapes on March 4th. After that, you’ll have your complete story to what’s going on. Ben absolutely fell hard for Courtney during filming, it’s been quite obvious by watching the show, he proposes to her in Swtizerland, she said yes, and they started their life. Remember, the finale was taped Nov. 16th. The finale doesn’t air until Mar. 12th. That’s almost four full months where stuff can go down, and it looks like they’ve had some problems. But no one really knows what those problems are, when they started, why they started, etc until the ATFR is taped. Then is when we’ll get our answer. But as I’ve been saying since September when Ben was announced as the “Bachelor,” did you honestly think this guy came on this show looking for a wife? Are ANY of you surprised by ANY of this? Me neither.
As for Switzerland, well, photos got released yesterday (below) that confirm who your final two women are: Courtney and Lindzi. Both this site and WetPaint.com posted pictures that were released by whatever news source had them. Obviously nothing new here and only confirms what I knew months ago. Granted, do these pictures confirm he picked Courtney over Lindzi? No. But he does. So in case there were still some doubters out there that these weren’t the final two, you may now begin working on next seasons conspiracy theories. Cuz this one is O-V-E-R, and has been for months. So click on those links above to see the pictures.