As the star of the new Bachelorette — premiering next Monday — Ali Fedotowsky will get to choose from 25 men vying for her love.
Yet the 25-year-old reality star (who bowed out of contention for Jake Pavelka's hand in the most recent season of The Bachelor) harbors major insecurities, show host Chris Harrison says.
"Everyone brings their own baggage to the show," Harrison told UsMagazine.com at Sunday's Disney/ABC Television Group Summer Press Junket in Burbank, Calif.. "Ali [is] a girl that has in the past been hurt before."
"The more I got to to know her, the more I realize she's this strong, independent, beautiful woman, but very vulnerable."
He continued: "She really had this fear of almost being rejected. Like, 'Yes, I'm going to fall in love, but I'm really worried that I'm not going to get love back.'…Everyone has their kind of bones in the closet that they have to deal with. Hers was 'I'm going to put myself out there. I really think I'm going to fall in love, but are these guys going to love me back?'"
"There is a phenomenal ending," Harrison told Us of the new season. "Whether it's happy or not – I'll say this: Ali had to make a very tough choice at the end, several tough choices, and I think she's satisfied with how it ends and satisfied with her choice."
Any drama in the vein of Rozlyn Papa, booted early from the show after allegations of her affair with a show producer?
"God, I hope not," Harrison said.
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