Who Did Emily Maynard Date Before Being The 2012 Bachelorette?
Brad Womack’s Bachelor 15 ex Emily Maynard will be the Season 8 Bachelorette and is already jet-setting around the world with her suitors. Since Emily will be handing out her final rose soon, let’s look back at the fellas she’s dated or almost-but-not-quite dated up to this point.
Ricky Hendrick Emily was engaged to NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick when he and nine others died in a plane crash in 2004. Ricky is the father of their daughter, Josephine Riddick “Ricki” Hendrick.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. This is one of Emily’s kinda-sorta relationships. A Dale Jr. fan told Starcasm, “They never officially declared themselves a couple, but did go out together and spend a lot of time with one another in early 2006.”
Jerrod Niemann Country music station 100.3 KILT asked Nashville singer Jerrod, "Did you date Emily from The Bachelor?" "Yes," he answered. "I dated Emily for — before The Bachelor. She's an awesome chick, a good mom, whatever." Was this a short relationship? "There were months involved." So they dated for a certain number of "months." Weird Bachelor connection — Jerrod sang a country song, "What Do You Want," with Rachel Bradshaw, who is not only the daughter of NFL great Terry Bradshaw, last FebruaryThe Bachelorette 6's Ty Brown told us he and Rachel were dating. When we asked about Brad Womack's season, which was airing at the time, Ty said Emily (a former Nashville resident) was his favorite contestant and that they had mutual friends.
Brad Womack ‘Memba him? Emily is still the only woman who managed to get Brad down on one knee to say the words “Will you marry me?” It didn’t work out for them — multiple times along the way — and their split was made public in June of 2011.
David Smith Back in August the rumor came out that Emily really broke it off with Brad because of David Smith, son of billionaire Speedway Motorsports owner Bruton Smith. Hollywood Life said they were "officially a couple." However, Emily responded after that to clear up the rumor, saying she's been close to David Smith's family forever and she was still single — and looking for a "funny/cute" guy.
Jeremy Shockey This past October, Emily was linked to Carolina Panthers tight end Jeremy Shockey. "They were set up on a blind date," a friend of Em's told Us Weekly. "They've been out five times. Emily thinks Jeremy is nice, but she's just having fun!"
Doug Cartwright For a while back in September we had fun reading into the cutesy flirtation between Emily and Michelle Money’s brother, Doug Cartwright. Nothing really came of it, but it’d be fun to see Doug on The Bachelorette.
Matt Nordgren Emily was also linked to the Most Eligible Dallas star, but Emily shot that rumor down herself in early December, tellingUs Weekly she was “definitely not dating anyone, much less Matt Nordgren.” She also clarified, “I've met Matt once in my entire lifetime in L.A. with a huge group of people. [It] was definitely not a date."