Madison: Why I Quit The Bachelor

Entertainment Jan. 18, 2011 AT 10:53AM
Madison: Why I Quit The Bachelor Credit: ABC/CRAIG SJODIN

She may have simultaneously freaked out Bachelor Brad Womack and turned him on with her fake fangs in the premiere episode, but Madison Garton failed to win his heart.

On Monday's episode, the 25-year-old Garton chose to abruptly leave the series in the middle of the final rose ceremony.

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So what prompted the aspiring actress to pack her bags?

Fellow contestant Emily Maynard's decision to reveal her tragic past to Womack. During a one-on-one date with the Texan, 38, at the Cambria Estate Winery in Santa Clarita, Calif., event planner Maynard, 24, came clean to him about the secret she's been hiding: The sad details of her fiance's plane crash and the birth of her now 5-year-old daughter.

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"Hearing Emily's story, it became very real," Garton told Womack at the cocktail party just prior to the rose ceremony on Monday's show. "It seems like a lot of girls here already have their heart on the line for you and anything I do now would be taking away from them. It could have been very different if I showed my cards and been the real me from the beginning. There's every chance that I'll wake up tomorrow and wonder what the heck I just did."

A shell-shocked Womack -- who trailed behind Garton when she stormed off The Bachelor set -- supported her decision to go.

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"Take it from me, if you continue to let guards prevent you from falling for someone or just being yourself, you're not going to get anywhere," he said. "[Madison] can't let go of my relationship with Emily, as opposed to just focusing on our relationship. [With her leaving,] I think I'm missing out on a hell of a girl."

Tell Us: Was Madison's decision to leave selfless or stupid?

By Allison Corneau for UsMagazine.com. For more Channel Surfing, click here.

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