Fans remember De Anna Pappas as the fourth Bachelorette in ABC’s hit franchise, but these days she’s busy at home with her family, husband Steven Stagliano and their beautiful daughter Addison, and, of course, watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.Since becoming a mother last year, Pappas admits that sometimes she’ll miss an episode here or there, but she’s very excited to watch season 10 of The Bachelorette, which starts on Monday. When I was the Bachelorette we went to, like, the Bahamas.It is so much bigger now, the travel alone, the clothes that the girls get to wear — not that my wardrobe wasn’t awesome, because it was.”What do you think of ABC’s choice to have two bachelorettes this season?“I’m kind of bummed for them because I really loved my experience and I really appreciated my experience.Next, she came back as “The Bachelorette” and fell in love with quirky snowboarder Jesse Csincak, only to find out they weren’t compatible after all. He put me in the limo and said, “I’ll see you tomorrow … It’s going to be a good day.” I truly thought he was going to choose me. I was really hanging onto something until I saw him at “After the Final Rose” and he was like, “No, my decision still stands.” At that point, he was back together with his ex-girlfriend so a lot of things came to be clear to me.Finally, she met the twin brother of a guy from Jillian Harris’ season of “The Bachelorette,” and fell in love—this time for real. He said that off camera—no one forced him to say that. I didn’t start the healing process until that point. I’m not wasting anymore tears on this butthole.” I came home and picked up with my life and put myself together and resolved that I’m not gonna be that girl anymore. I’d never dated more than one person at a time, so it was hard for me to date 25 guys. My strategy was to have an open heart and an open mind and try to decipher between love and lust because those are two very different things.Their relationship lasted a few months before the engagement was called off. In late 2011, De Anna was on the show Bachelorette Party on the Oxygen channel.
Her brother Ben Patton was on Eva Longoria’s short-lived dating show, “Ready for Love,” in 2013 and perhaps that’s part of the reason he (accurately) questioned Higgins’s affection for his sister.They tied the knot on December 6, 2003, as part of a three-episode ABC special.De Anna Pappas has had a long, strange ride on “The Bachelor.” First, she fell for Brad Womack, only for him to walk away without proposing to either woman at his final rose ceremony. I never thought in a million years they would choose me. My sister lived with me in my house in Georgia, so she saw me cry every single day. The whole time the show was on, I held onto the idea, “Maybe Brad is seeing that he made a mistake.” See, I didn’t get any answers. We spent the last night together before the final rose ceremony. When the show was airing, I was so upset and confused.Once you’re in the game, you’re playing for that one big love.Should you fail the first time around (and most everyone does!When we caught up with 33-year-old, she gushed about the joys of motherhood (having Addison has “softened” her), how the iconic dating show has changed over the years, and her current partnership with Clear Blue pregnancy tests. We actually laugh now because they’re going all over the world!Does that mean another Bachelor baby is in the cards? I hadn’t seen the show before I was on it so I didn’t realize the magnitude of everything, of Bachelor Nation.The 12-year-old franchise is built around a basic premise: One Bachelor or Bachelorette chooses from 25 contestants, with the promise of a proposal in the finale.Drama often steals the spotlight from romance with the amount of catfights, name-calling, and tears that ensue.After all, real people looking for love on reality TV can get tricky.And yet, the franchise has produced nine weddings and many more happily dating or engaged couples.