She made it to the top of The Bachelor heap and had the engagement ring.
But six weeks after she trembled with joy over Jason Mesnick's proposal, Melissa Rycroft was tearfully handing him back the ring on national television and calling her former love "a bastard." Then she attempted a dignified walk-off in massive high heels.
Nonetheless Rycroft tells People magazine, "I'm going to be fine." Though she is still single, she added. "I don't want people to feel sorry for me or that I was a victim in all of this. I'm going to be okay."
"It was a life lesson and I wouldn't be where I am now," she said. "I remember sitting on the set going, 'I wish you hadn't put the ring on my finger, I wish things hadn't gotten so far.'"
But then again after the show ended, she knew things were not right: "The few times we did see each other, we were trying to find out what it was on the show that attracted us to each other."
Have your say in the comments section: Did Melissa Rycroft deserved to get dumped by Jason Mesnick?