Dean Unglert Opens Up About Losing His Mom on ‘Bachelorette’ 2017
Up until now, we’d written the (admittedly adorable) 25-year-old for his age, but he proved himself to be mature beyond his years in Episode 4.
And part of that might be attributed to the tragedy he lived through as a teen.
Before we even got to the emotional and revealing 1-on-1 date between the Colorado native and Rachel Lindsay, he started to win us over with how he handled one of her most controversial Season 13 contestants.
We’re talking about the (alleged Twitter racist and sexist) Lee Garrett and his antagonistic nature towards some of the other men — more specifically, the non-white ones.
While the rest of the men beat around the bush, Dean called out the “intolerance” straight to the cameras and the producers.
But that was just the start of his impressive showing of character.
Once the two were alone on their 1-on-1 date, he tackled his fear of heights and even tried flying the Goodyear Blimp.
Then, during their dinner, he revealed a truly heartbreaking backstory.
The tech recruiter started off talking about his “strict” but “family-oriented” environment. However, that all changed when his mother passed away when he was in high school.
“My mother was the most amazing woman of all time,” he recalled, tearing up.
“She had breast cancer, she was diagnosed when I was 9.”
He went on to detail finding out his mom’s diagnosis when she picked him up from school in fifth grade.
“She rebounded like a superwoman she is,” he gushed.
“When I was 11, she came back full-strength and went back to her full capabilities.”
Unfortunately, the cancer did return, and she was diagnosed once more when he was 14. At that point, he explained, she was admitted to hospice.
Because she had conquered it before like the strong woman she is, I leaned in and asked her, ‘Hey mom, when you coming home again?’” he shared.
He continued, “She leaned over to me and said, ‘Never.’” Tears!
“I still think to this day that was the hardest moment of my life, to hear her say that,” he added.
He went on to detail the day he lost his mother on October 21, 2006, and how “things fell apart” in his family after that.
Both of his brothers moved out, his sister had already moved out, and his father wasn’t around very often.
“I had the house to myself from 15 to 18,” he admitted, tearing up. “It was very challenging.”
The silver lining is how “eye-opening” he says this experience was.
He detailed, “Moving forward, I want to have a very close-knit family. Being a father excites me in so many ways — mostly because of that experience I have.
Rachel really loved that answer — and so did we! Can’t wait to see where this thing goes.
The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.