Melissa Rycroft may have tried to look for love on TV but she still believes in doing some things the old fashioned way. The former Bachelor winner and Dancing with the Stars third placer has just purchased a new house in Texas with fiancee Tye Strickland but is holding off living together until after they've tied the knot.
"It's very important to us to not leave our roots and family and friends," Rycroft explained. "We're gonna do it the old-fashioned way."
Rycroft isn't keen on revealing the date and location of their upcoming wedding but she has no qualms about weighing in on the upcoming nuptials of gal pal and Bachelorette star Jillian Harris, who remains in constant public scrutiny for staying in a relationship with her allegedly cheating fiance, Ed Swiderski.
"You know, granted it's not my business to comment, but Jillian's real life is fantastic," Rycroft told Us Weekly at a Kenneth Cole charity event in L.A. last Wednesday. "She is doing really well. Her and Ed are happy, and I know she is going to become a U.S. citizen. She's moving to Chicago [where Swiderski lives]."
Amidst infidelity rumors (the most recent involves Swiderski leaving a Chicago bar with another woman), many are people are hoping that Harris will break off her engagement to Swiderski. Rycroft, on the other hand, remains optimistic that everything will still work out for The Bachelorette star and her chosen guy.
"I absolutely do," she told Us. "I know they love each other, and I know they are planning a wedding, and I know she wants to marry him. I hope it works out for them."
And while both Rycroft and former Bachelor fiancee, Jason Mesnick have clearly moved on with other relationships, she's not really expecting Mesnick to wish the best on her engagement.
"I don't know how many old relationships will extend a congratulation hand to new relationships. I guess we haven't even really thought about it," she said.