1. Courtney Robertson begins her book with the show’s end — the day of Ben’s proposal (and the dumping of Lindzi) in the stunning Swiss Alps. What was Courtney thinking at the time?
“What else was running through my head besides avoiding bad angles? Ben Flajnik. My love. My soul mate. My future husband — if he proposed today.”
All of this — and so much more! — is detailed in I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends, which was released this week. Courtney “won” the 16th season of ABC’s The Bachelor after stealing Sonoma winemaker Ben Flajnik’s heart. As anyone who watched that season knows, their story was a mess!
2. As the show’s climax approached, Courtney did not want to think about her rival, Lindzi, who apparently was prone to making jokes about her last name, Cox.
“I didn’t want to think about Lindzi. Instead I thought about Ben and his — cox. We’d had sex three times in the Fantasy Suite at a hillside chalet in the beautiful Swiss town of Interlaken, so I couldn’t wait to be with him again.”
3. In the book’s prologue, Courtney also engages in self-reflection.
“I’m not going to lie. I was a bitch to some of the girls in the house.”
4. It was all worth it for Ben, though.
“On our overnight date, in between our sex sessions, we stayed up all night talking because we wanted as much time together as possible. In the Fantasy Suite we’d lain in bed, facing each other, listening to Bon Iver, with a fire crackling.”
5. Or was it? Finally officially together, if still under the veil of secrecy, Courtney begins to get to know Ben off-camera in the days after the proposal. He doesn’t seem to want to be alone with her, and also…
“The second night we all watched Finding Nemo together. I was horrified to learn that Ben knew every line, which he recited during the movie.”
6. It’s foreboding. Prologue over. We find out about Courtney’s young life, growing up in a close family in Scottsdale, Ariz., Dawson’s Creek caused her sexual awakening.
“But it was a particularly steamy make out session between Joshua Jackson and Michelle Williams on Dawson’s Creek one summer evening that sent me over the edge. … I’d heard my friends joking about ‘flicking the bean,’ and it was like an animal instinct kicked in. I put my hand down south and went to town.”
Soon she was “paddling the pink canoe so much my hand was getting cramped.”
7. She began to date, and found a boyfriend of sorts: “The golf course became our go-to spot for many future fellatio fests.”
8. She was becoming a woman! In every way.
“I had an absolutely gigantic bush. Nobody ever told me or taught me how to shave down there.”
9. Her boyfriend had opinions about her body. “After he put his hand down my pants during the movie Shrek, he made a stinkface, said ‘Whoa!’ and requested that I tame the beast.”
10. Never the best student, Courtney decided to go into modeling. She did well, and made a great living.
She tells of working with Jessica Simpson, who had just split from Nick Lachey: “She spent most of the day holed up in her candle-lit dressing room, drinking carrot juice, and blasting Sinead O’Connor’s ‘Nothing Compares to You.’”
11. Based in Los Angeles, and single, Courtney met Adrian Grenier and Jesse Metcalfe at the same time. (She seems to have a type.)
“The next day, I got a text from Adrian, who made good on that dinner invite. I said yes, but truthfully wasn’t that excited about it. I really wished it’d been Jesse.”
12. Revelation No. 1 about Adrian Grenier: He did not know how to pronounce “Prius.”
“Adrian picked me up that night in the new eco-green car that was all the rage, his ‘Pry-ous,’ as he called it.”
13. Revelation No. 2 about Adrian Grenier: Though she never had “actual sex” with him, “He had the biggest penis I’d ever seen — and the biggest bush! Even though we had that in common, it just was never meant to be.”
14. Nor were things perfect with Jesse Metcalfe.
“The sex was pretty average. Jesse needed a lot of reassurance.”
15. And: “Jesse was also, by his own admission, an alcoholic and an addict.”
16. On another note, Courtney decided to get implants. “I absolutely love them and would highly recommend implants to any woman who doesn’t like being flat chested and wants to feel sexier. So there.”
17. She also became obsessed with The Bachelor during the Brad Womack season (his second one, I believe). A fan of the show, and particularly of Ben during Ashley Hebert’s Bachelorette run, she decided to apply.
A snippet from her Bachelor audition grilling: “‘Do you have a sex tape?’ ‘Yes.’ I had at least three.”
She got on the show.
18. “It was official. I was going on The Bachelor, one of the most iconic shows in the history of television.”
But even on the first night, she felt she did not fit in. “The other two girls in my limo were the unbelievably named Amber Bacon and Anna Snowball.”
19. She disliked nearly everybody on first sight.
“Emily O’Brien, a stringy-haired Ph.D. candidate studying epidemiology, kept giving out hand sanitizer and talking about sexually transmitted diseases.”
20. Neither Monica nor Blakeley made a good impression either.
“They didn’t look like lesbians; they looked like fools. Plus, the next day they got into a fight and hated each other the rest of the time on the show.”
21. During Ben’s season, they traveled to a different place every week rather than staying in one house. It was a tense situation with physical repercussions.
Nicki became cranky. “In all fairness to Nicki, everybody may have been extra uptight because, TMI alert, nobody was pooping.”
22. As filming went on, Courtney became more vilified by most of the cast, though Ben seemed to like her. She didn’t try much with the other ladies.
“‘How’d that taste coming out of your mouth?’ I joked, quoting my favorite movie The Blind Side.”
23. Also, they tended to self-destruct. “When Ben gingerly told Blakeley to give him some space, she ended up crouching in the fetal position in a corner of the luggage room sobbing.”
25. There was a lot of downtime. “With absolutely nothing else to do, I journaled for two hours.”
“A couple of the women, who shall remain nameless (Nicki), gained ten to fifteen pounds during taping.”
26. When Shawntel Newton, a contestant from a previous season, showed up as a surprise because she liked Ben, everyone revolted.
“When we figured out who she was, everyone completely fell apart. We’re talking crying, cursing, criticizing her thighs. It was ugly.”
Ben sent Shawntel home.
27. Things weren’t all bad, though. “Kacie B was the first one who figured out how to poo.”
29. The laxatives worked before and during the baseball date. “My rear end was making such crazy loud noises I was dying laughing and crying out in pain at the same time.”
“What if I pooped my shorts on The Bachelor in front of 8 million viewers?”
30. Courtney focused some hatred on Kacie B, a key rival. She maybe regrets it a little?
“Bitter about Kacie B, and thinking about her in the baseball uniform, I blurted out, ‘She’s just like a little girl in a little boy’s body.’ At this point, I didn’t know she’d overcome a serious eating disorder.”
31. She began plotting alone time with Ben, enlisting producers. She invited him to go skinny dipping. “I wanted to make sure Ben was spontaneous and fun. I need to be honest here: I also wanted to check out the equipment.”
32. “To answer your question, yes, Ben and I did have sex in the ocean. On-camera. It was immediate but it was only for about twenty seconds and, um, it was just the tip.”
33. Having sex with Ben, however briefly, reminded Courtney that she loves sex. At her next stop, “I wanted Calgon to take me away, hint hint.”
(She means she wanted to masturbate.)
34. Courtney was ready to leave communal living behind. “I had such a strong hatred for the girls by this point and they hated me back just as passionately.”
“Rachel told me about Kacie B and Nicki’s witch-hunt during their date, so when I left for my date, I infamously shouted at them, ‘Bye! Can’t stand you all!’”
35. “After the champagne toast with the final four — Lindzi, Nicki, Kacie B, and me — it hit me like Chris Brown. I was done living with the other girls!”
(“Hit me like Chris Brown” is a truly terrible thing to say or write. Seriously.)
36. It was time for her hometown date. Ben came to Scottsdale. “When Ben arrived, he was having a bad hair day. He looked like Francine from those Arthur cartoons on PBS, and yet I was still very attracted to him.”
37. Having made it through the hometown dates, the three remaining contestants — Courtney, Nicki, and Lindzi — went to Switzerland. Fantasy Suite time. More sex!
“We immediately ripped each other’s clothes off and had intense, passionate sex on the couch in front of the fire. Producers had left a cell phone for us in case of emergency, but they did not leave us any condoms.”
I found the no condoms assertion shocking, actually. How was that possible? Warner Bros., the studio that produces The Bachelor, had no comment.
38. As with Jesse Metcalfe before him, Ben did not really impress Courtney. “Our sex was pretty good, but pretty textbook.”
“We did every position under the sun, but I believe I sealed the deal when we successfully completed the reverse cowgirl.”
Jessie (pictured above) is not the cowgirl she means! When you use Google image search for “cowgirl,” by the way, it’s a real mixed bag.
39. Finale time. “Now that Ben had become acquainted with my vagina, naturally it was time for me to get acquainted with his mother.”
They hated each other. But he picked Courtney anyway!
40. Now engaged, Courtney and Ben began their lives together, but had to keep the result a secret. As we know from the Nemo incident in the prologue, things started out rocky.
Before they left Switzerland, they set up new email accounts in order to communicate. “We came up with tootsmcgooterson for Ben and mrstootsmcgooterson for me. The names are really sexy — stemming from his immediate ease passing gas in front of me and my love of bathroom humor.”
The show had wrapped filming in November, and premiered in early January, but it would be longer than that until they could come out as a couple.
41. They just didn’t get along all that well when they’d see each other during secret “Happy Couple” weekends.
“Ben was gone one entire day and spent much of our time together on his computer, wearing a Lululemon workout outfit, which was kind of a turnoff.”
42. When the show premiered, their relationship got much worse. Ben turned on her for her on-camera behavior. Paparazzi began to follow Courtney, and their relationship became glossy magazine fodder.
“I was called ‘a flaming bag of cunt’ by one commenter.” And: “I was getting less work since the show had started airing.” Their relationship barely existed. “I finally stopped crying. I was over Ben Flajnik and his bullshit.”
43. Basically broken up, Courtney had to face the other women at the taping of the “Women Tell All” episode. She decided to try to be totally contrite. It didn’t necessarily work.
Everyone yelled at her. One of the yellers was Emily. “I absolute despised this walking disease expert, but this time I had no choice. I had to swallow my pride, bend over, and take it up the tailpipe.”
44. In an unlikely turn, after the taping, Courtney and Ben went to a “Happy Couple” house and got back together. He apologized. “I’m embarrassed to say that’s all it took for me to cave.”
“Ben even toyed with the idea of us giving the ring back and bailing on our commitment to finish the show.”
45. Soon, Ben found out what it was like to be the target of the gossip press.
“I oddly also felt bad for Ben.” She decided to support him.
46. This relationship was clearly the worst. Why in god’s name were they sticking with it?
“There was no way I was going to give up now. That’d be like Sid in An Officer and a Gentleman and we all know how that ended. He went DOR with less than two weeks until graduation, and then killed himself.”
47. Things didn’t get better after they could come out as a couple. No one was rooting for them.
“The end result of the show was so depressing and unpopular that the interview we’d done for People magazine was bumped off the cover for The Hunger Games.”
48. Hard up for work because no one wanted to cast the villain from The Bachelor as a model, Courtney got offered an alternate spot on Dancing With the Stars.
“The payday was incredible: $125,000 just to show up and $30,000 for every week I made it through. Cha-ching!” Ben was jealous. “‘If you do it,’ he added coldly, ‘you won’t have a fiancé.’” She dropped out.
49. According to Courtney, Ben’s life in San Francisco involved 1) partying 2) promoting his winery 3) always having a lot of people around.
But when they did spend time alone, like on a trip that was just the two of them, “after three days of being by ourselves we were running out of conversation.”
“For Easter, Ben threw a big party for about twelve of his friends on a ranch/winery near Solvang, California. Because that’s what people do on Easter. They party really hard.”
50. During a trip to New York, things were particularly strained between them. “Kris Humphries, who had just broken up with wife Kim Kardashian after seventy-two days of marriage, was at a nearby table and I remember feeling a kinship with him.”
Also, Ben never paid for anything.
“When the check came, after rounds of drinks, appetizers, and entrees, Ben looked at me and mouthed, ‘Should we split this?’ I was so pissed off. These were his friends and he had the gall to make me foot half the bill, which was more than $800!”
51. “Ben had some pet peeves when it came to me —”
“— surface level things like I wasn’t very punctual or organized, I believed in luck, I shopped at Whole Foods excessively, I talked about my exes too much, and I was always complaining about being cold. He also was extremely annoyed by my ‘baby voice,’ and would constantly point it out saying, ‘There it is!’”
(I know what he means about Whole Foods, though. That is a thing in relationships!)
52. “He even told me I was naïve once for not realizing that he’d done the show to promote his winery.”
“He wouldn’t go for walks with me and he started getting a little fluffy around the middle.”
53. “On a more serious level, I didn’t feel like Ben was as sexually charged as I’m used to and he seemed dispassionate. The chemistry just wasn’t there anymore. A few times, I’m sorry to say, I resorted to faking orgasms.”
54. It’s hard, after all, to be a Bachelor couple. You’re pretty much engaged to a stranger you met under absurd circumstances.
They hung out with Emily Maynard and Jef Holm at a wedding, and saw that they were already having problems. “I could tell Emily and Jef were doomed. … As soon as he walked out, Emily called him ‘Jef Boremon.’”
55. Courtney developed a flirtation with Arie Luyendyk Jr., a runner-up in Emily’s Bachelorette season.
“I’m not going to lie. I was a little flirty. I’d heard through a very reliable source, another former contestant, that Arie was the best sex she’d ever had.”
56. Things were confusing with Ben. He told her, “I have baby fever!” but she didn’t want to get excited. “Ben had recently joined not one, but two co-ed softball teams.”
“I mean, the guy was constantly showing me dick tricks, like his famous fruit bowl or ‘the stork.’”
57. In the end, Courtney was the one who committed the final sin. “I’d just left my fiancé alone on his birthday, after his dog died. This was very bad.”
They tried to make up one last time. “When I said we should be cowboys and Indians for Halloween that year, he got overly pissed off and barked, ‘That’s a dumb idea!”
(And racist! For the record, I don’t love agreeing with Ben about this and Whole Foods.)
They broke up for good. And issued a joint statement to In Touch Weekly.
58. She went home to Arizona to hide at her parents’ house and reevaluate her shell of a life. Coincidentally, Arie Luyendyk Jr. lived nearby, and came over.
“He was hesitant, for a millisecond, but then we headed into my childhood bedroom, into my canopy bed, for what can only be described as the best sex I’ve ever had.”
“Arie’s need for attention was a little off-putting, but I admired his zest for life. Ben was so private, cold, and unemotional.”
59. When Ben found out about Arie and Courtney, it got ugly in the press.
“He said that he owed an apology to the women on the show for not believing them. That he dodged a bullet.”
Courtney also had regrets: “I was so disappointed in myself for the way I’d handled everything and couldn’t face the world.”
60. Obviously, they were doomed from the start. It’s a miracle there are as many Bachelor couples still standing as there are. Courtney says she hasn’t given up hope —
— to possibly continue her reality journey.
“So, no, I probably wouldn’t do The Bachelor again. But you know what? I’d be thrilled to be the Bachelorette, so I can do the picking.”