It’s no secret Lily McManus and Courtney Dober were the cutest couple on The Bachelor Winter Games last season, but it sounds like there was more to the couple than meets the eye.
In fact, Lily opened up to Us Weekly about how Courtney supported her hearing disability and made sure she was cared for during their time together on and off the show.
Lily, who is from Australia, went public with her hearing disability back in October.
“Courtney knew about my disability probably from day three in the house. Myself and Courtney gravitated to each other pretty quickly,” she explained.
“I’m a pretty forward woman, so it was never something I wanted to hide from him … It wasn’t a big deal for me, so it was never a big deal for him.”
And, though Courtney knew about Lily’s hearing disability from day one, the producers and people working on The Bachelor Winter Games were not as aware of her issues.
“One day, one of the handlers … grabbed our towels from inside and brought them to us, demanding we get out. My heart dropped to my stomach because I had my hearing aids stashed in my towel and the handler had no idea,” Lily said.
“We found one, but the other was completely out of sight. Courtney was on his hands and knees in the snow trying to find it. The handler was beside herself, so upset and apologetic.”
She continued, “I had lost at least six hearing aids thus far in my life, so I was just like, ‘Eh, sh-t happens.’ But eventually, Courtney found it in the snow and it miraculously survived all water damage.”
Unfortunately, Courtney and Lily split a few months ago, but they are still very close friends.
“We are still best friends. After all, we moved to this country together,” she explained.
“Just because our timing as romantic partners wasn’t right, that doesn’t mean we have to lose that friendship.”