Hannah Brown Confesses She Thought ‘The Bachelor’ Was for ‘Losers’

When Chris Harrison told Bachelor Nation that Hannah Brown had the most dramatic season in bachelorette history, perhaps we should have believed him. What started off as a hopeful quest for Brown to find love ended in heartbreak. Not only did the beauty queen’s season end in a short-lived engagement, but it was also packed full of manipulation, gaslighting, and slut-shaming, courtesy of Luke P. But before Brown was the powerhouse bachelorette that everyone knows and loves, she was just another contestant on Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor.

Hannah Brown star of The Bachelor attends an Emmy pre-party.
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A cringe-worthy birthday toast

Though Brown didn’t nab Underwood’s first impression rose, (that went to the newly-engaged Hannah Godwin) she did make an impact on Underwood immediately and was offered the very first one-on-one date of the season. The date also happened to fall on Brown’s birthday, which seemed to steer things to her advantage. However, when she was asked to make a toast, she froze like a deer in headlights. In one of the most cringey moments of the season, Brown sputtered and stuttered over her words and was unable to make a coherent toast. The moment was so awkward that the bachelor even considered sending Brown home.

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Fortunately, the 25-year-old eventually recovered, but fans of the show were confused as to why Brown struggled so much with a simple toast. Any fan of The Bachelor knows that typically, there are, at least, three toasts per episode. But, Brown revealed in a recent interview with marie claire that she never watched the show prior to her tenure on The Bachelor. In fact, she even had a fairly low opinion of the contestants prior to joining the show.

Brown thought The Bachelor was for losers

“I didn’t aspire to be on The Bachelor. I didn’t watch the show. I thought it was for losers truly,” Brown confessed. But, when all her friends back home were getting married or engaged, she reconsidered her stance and opted to join the show in order to take her shot at love. Of course, we now know that her journey on The Bachelor and subsequently, The Bachelorette, didn’t quite turn out the way she’d hoped. Though she found love on both shows, unfortunately, it was very short-lived.

Brown no longer feels like she needs to be engaged

But, Brown is hardly allowing her setbacks in love to define her. In fact, she’s grateful that her time on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette ended the way that it did because she’s now had to reconcile with being happy and full as a single woman. “I am totally okay on my own, I don’t want to have to have a man to feel whole. It’s not that I need that to feel like I have a full life. No, I have a full life. Welcome into my life,” Brown said confidently.

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But just because she’s confident now doesn’t mean that there aren’t times when that confidence is challenged or shaken. “There would be moments when I’d be crying in my bed, like, ‘Why did this thing not work out?’ And now I’m so glad it didn’t work out. I’m so glad that the things that broke my heart in the past [did], because it’s made me think, ‘No, I can be a go-getter'”, The Bachelor alum confessed.

Dancing with the Stars and beyond

And her mentality about finding love isn’t the only thing that’s changed. She now has a different opinion about the bachelor world and the people who choose to go on those shows. “I will never pretend like I did not come from Bachelor Nation. But you better bet, that now, you’re gonna see me work,” Brown declares. We can’t wait to see where Brown’s post-bachelor journey takes her. For now, though, we wish her all the best on her continued Dancing with the Stars journey.