Bachelor Brad Smith opened up to the folks behind Canada.com to discuss some insider-y details about last night’s big Bachelor Canada finale:
Which way were you leaning before both Bianka and Whitney met your family?
Being in the unique position as the bachelor, you have to develop multiple, but at the same time, individual relationships with each of the girls, and my relationships with Whit and Bianka were very different. I had concerns about Whit’s ability to open up, but I also felt insecure about Bianka’s feelings for me. I was leaning more towards Bianka at that point, but I needed my family’s approval to see who would be a better fit for me, especially since they know me the best.
The editing on Whitney’s dinner with your family made it appear like she couldn’t complete a sentence. Was it really that awkward in real life?
It was incredibly awkward during the dinner with Whit because she had such a hard time opening up to my family. You didn’t get to see the entire dinner, but it was challenging for her to interact with them. At that point, my family got to see what my major issue with Whit was – the lack of communication in our relationship.
When did you realize that Whitney’s emotional issues stretched further than simply a lack of communication?
Even though Whit tried to reassure me that she could open up and talk about her feelings, once I brought her home to meet my family it became obvious that she was still struggling and her continued behaviour of being closed off set in again. I was there to find the person I could start a life with, and the ability to communicate with a partner is paramount in any relationship.
When did the choice of Bianka really become crystallized and how much of that was due to Whitney’s emotional implosion?
After our date in Mexico, my relationship with Bianka evolved much more quickly. Once we got Newfoundland, she was definitely the frontrunner – she made it easy! Bianka is the best person I’ve ever met, and that became more obvious to me with every moment I spent with her.
What was going through your mind when Bianka walked down the beach aisle with Tyler?
I was just blown away by how beautiful she looked and how surreal the moment was. I went on the show with the hope that I would find someone to start a life with, and Bianka exceeded all my expectations. I’m so lucky that she chose me too!
The filming of this episode must have been emotionally exhausting. Did watching it from a third person perspective give you any further insight?
Obviously, the viewers didn’t get to see all the hours of filming that went into the show or all the things that happened on our dates, but what they did see was very true to my experience. This was the most amazing experience of my life, and the best part is, I get to walk away from it with Bianka by my side.