'Bachelorette' Ashley 'missed romantic connection with Ames'
Published Jul 20 2011, 14:00 BST | By Lara Martin The Bachelorette
's Ashley Hebert
has admitted that she felt like she lacked a "romantic connection" with eliminated suitor Ames. Ashley visited the hometowns of her final four men to meet their families
on Monday night's episode of the ABC show.
Ames introduced Ashley to his mother, sister, brother and other relatives in Chadds Fort, PA, but although he privately said he felt like he was falling in love with Ashley, he was sent home at the rose ceremony.
Writing in her post-episode blog for People
, Ashley said: "I really felt as if I was missing a romantic connection with Ames. I knew saying goodbye to him would be hard because the last thing I wanted to do was hurt someone I respected so much."
Ashley added: "Ames is the true definition of a good man and I know he will make a wonderful woman very happy one day! You're the best Ames."> The Bachelorette recap: Ashley visits the hometowns, chooses final three> Bachelorette Chris Harrison explains Ashley, Ben F overnight date
Host Chris Harrison added in his Entertainment Weekly
blog: " After the four hometowns with four good men I think it was clear that Ashley really has a solid relationship building with Ben, JP and Constantine. Ames was just too far behind and Ashley felt more of a friendship than a budding romance with him."
Ames's sister had suspected during the hometown visit that Ashley might not feel as strongly about Ames as he did about her, advising her brother to open up about his feelings to the dental student.
Ames put her advice into practice by arranging a romantic picnic followed by a horse and carriage ride, but it wasn't enough to secure him a place in the final three.
"I was really excited to see what would happen between us next and that's something I will never get to know," he said after his elimination. "I was just hoping to share a lifetime of adventures with this very beautiful woman and now I'm back to sharing a lifetime of adventure with myself which is less enticing."
He added: "More than anything I want to be in love and I hope I find love. It's difficult because I thought I might have found it but in fact I guess not."
Ashley will now travel to Fiji with her remaining three men - JP, Constantine and Ben F - as her journey as The Bachelorette
draws to a close. The Bachelorette
airs Mondays at 8/7 on ABC.> Read our full The Bachelorette headlines