Emily Maynard: Brad Womack's Statements "Really Hurt"

Former Bachelor star Brad Womack said he "dodged a bullet" by breaking up with the new Bachelorette

Emily Maynard may be this season's Bachelorette, but it's former Bachelor Brad Womack who is making headlines with his statements about his famous ex.

Earlier this month, Womack, 38, made the harsh comment that he "dodged a bullet" when he and Maynard broke off their engagement. He also added that he had "no interest" in watching his former fiancee decide between her potential partners on the primetime reality show.

But when the 26-year-old single mother appeared on Access Hollywood Live on Wednesday, she kept it classy while responding to his statements.

"I haven't heard from him since filming started... but I don't know," Maynard told hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover. "At first, my feelings were really hurt, because we left everything very civil and I've never said a bad word about him."

The Southern beauty was even willing to give her ex the benefit of the doubt: "But knowing Brad, he didn't mean it that way. That's what I'm going to say."

To Brad's credit, he did have one nice thing to say about Emily during his interview: "All I'll say is she is a helluva woman and I hope it works out."

So far, Maynard has eliminated nine guys from The Bachelorette -- but she still has 16 to choose from on this season of the hit matchmaking series.

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