Melissa Rycroft: Bachelor’s Vienna “Didn’t Know Who I Was”


Guess Vienna Girardi wasn't a devoted Bachelor watcher before her own controversial starring turn.

When Girardi, 23, recently bumped into Melissa Rycroft — famously dumped by Bachelor Jason Mesnick on-air in March 2009– Girardi had no clue who she was.

"I just met her when I was picking out my Oscar dress," Rycroft, 26, told at Saturday's GBK and Luxury Gift Lounge in West Hollywood. "She was… getting dresses for some event she was going to…She didn't know who I was. I introduced myself to her."

Happily married to Tye Strickland since December, the Good Morning America correspondent won't pass judgment on Jake Pavelka's final rose recipient.

"I have learned that you can't judge somebody based on what you see on reality TV," she explained to Us. "If they say they are happy, you kind of have to take it and say, 'Ok, I trust you.' Honestly, none of us really know what its really like."

Rycroft also has a hands-off approach when it comes to the recent wedding of Mesnick and Molly Malaney (whom Mesnick ultimately picked to Rycroft's embarrassment during season 13). Did she check out the happy couple's wedding photos? "I didn't see any," Rycroft sniffed. "It's not a big priority."

But she added: "You always wish them well. You don't think about it everyday but you do…They got married, and you only hope that they are happy and that they stay happy."

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