Elyse Dehlbom was noticeably missing from this week’s Women Tell All episode, but don’t worry, she has a good explanation for why she wasn’t there! It turns out The Bachelor contestant was actually at a wedding when they taped the episode.
“I would have loved to reconnect with the cast, @coltonunderwood and the incredible @bachelorabc team… But I was too busy getting slapped in the face by the potential for my own happily ever after,” she captioned a video of herself from the wedding getting hit in the head with a bouquet.
Though she couldn’t be there to fight with the other women — lucky her! — Dehlbom did reflect on the season on her Instagram Stories.
“First off, I learned more about myself and what I want from a partner in the weeks on this show than I have in quite some time,” she wrote.
“It challenged me in ways I never expected. It afforded me the opportunity to take a long look in the mirror and see what I needed to work on, to be the type of person that my future husband deserves.”
Despite leaving the show early, Dehlbom is thankful for her time on the show.
“I left in a lot of tears, and a dress that while I loved may have looked a bit like a wedding gown,” she explained.
“However, I have absolutely no doubts that I was supposed to be on this season of The Bachelor.”
She continued, “To challenge myself…To form amazing friendships.. To meet Colton, a man I think the world of, and on our date to share the experience of giving back to such deserving children.”
And, while it was challenging, it was a great learning experience all around.
“I am thankful for the lessons, I am thankful for the tears, I am thankful for the friendships,” she said.
“I’m thankful to Colton, and I’m especially thankful to the @bachelorabc team who allowed me to be authentically myself, the good, the bad, and the tears…so many tears.”
She continued, “This has easily been one of the most challenging experiences I have gone through, but with all challenges, there is an opportunity for growth.”
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