With just a few days before her book's June 24 release, we asked Courtney to speculate on how a few of her subjects would take the book.
One hot topic of conversation that got Ben’s blood boiling back in October 2012, shortly after the stars' breakup, was Court's cavorting with Season 8 Bachelorette runner up, Arie Luyendyk, Jr. "Arie has been really supportive, he’s been amazing..." she says of the guy who was written as her "best sex ever." We'd put money on the racecar driver's dating success post-book, since model Courtney details his considerable, um, talents off the track.
Season 1 Bachelorette Trista Sutter takes a few blows in the tome, as the OG of Bachelor Nation had some choice words for Courtney during the show's airing. "I kind of wanted to send her a copy and be like, 'No hard feelings!' But I'm sure she'll say something about her part in the book. The reality is that she didn't have to go through the same thing we did," Court explains of her biggest complaint about Trista's Twitter tirades. "There was no social media when she was on the show, so she's lucky."
Her exes have mostly been great or off the radar, and Courtney says pre-show ex Chris has been "really supportive through all this."
"A lot of the stories that are getting picked up in the press are from the early years in LA. I haven’t talked to a lot of the people I mention in a while, but I did talk to Jesse [Metcalfe, of Dallas and John Tucker Must Die fame ] before I left for the show," the star recalls of her younger years.
Her castmates get less lovely edits in some sections, but Courtney isn't worried. "A couple have reached out on Facebook and said they pre-ordered it and I think they’ll be pleasantly surprised. They might not want to relive it, but I included bonding moments I had with each one." And Lindzi Cox, the runner up? "We've never had any beef."
So, would she have omitted anything in the book now that some reactions are coming out? “Maybe I wouldn’t have been as graphic about the Fantasy Suites stuff?" She laughs, but anyone who has read the section knows what she means. "Maybe different words in that part, but that’s really the only thing that comes to mind. I wrote the book as if I was having brunch with my girlfriends. Like the show Girls but with real characters."
Overall, she says "I’m not too worried about the reactions, you can't keep everyone happy all the time. Honestly, I look at it as a whole. It’s my story, it’s my truth, and if I left it out, it wouldn’t be true to form."
In a June 19 People article, otherwise dedicated completely to the awesomeness of Courtney's book, Ben slipped his former fiancée a little shade, "It's sad. A new low, even for Courtney. I don't see why she would choose to have people look at her the way she has portrayed herself. I am in a really great place in life and don't have any interest in reliving the nightmare."
Naturally, we wondered how it hit the thick-skinned girl. Regret? Surprise? Not so much. "It doesn’t surprise or bother me to hear that Ben wasn’t a fan of the book. He emailed me after reading it, so I knew there was going to be a reaction. I understand that it’s hard to read about a difficult time in your life and choices you made. But I didn’t write the book for him."
She adds, "I moved on a long time ago and telling the story was a cathartic process for me. I do wish him well, but this isn’t about winning. I wrote the book for fans of the show and for women who might be stuck in a bad romance. His anger doesn’t change the fact that what I talk about in the book happened. His tone in that statement is a reminder of how different we are and how he spoke to me when we were together."
Zing! Speaking of #realtalk, we took a little issue with Ben calling their time a "nightmare." It sure didn't seem like he was living a nightmare when they were skinny dipping in Puerto Rico…