Despite Warnings, ‘Bachelor’ Ben Still Feels ‘Connected’ to Courtney

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On last night’s episode of “The Bachelor,” the women on Ben’s journey issued a warning call: Courtney is bad news. “We want you to be cautious about Courtney,” Nicki confessed during a group date with Kacie B. and Rachel.  “Yeah. Tread lightly,” added Kacie B. (Watch above.)

The news seemed to come as a surprise to Ben, even though he was already told about the “winning” model’s bad behavior by Emily. “Until now, all I’ve heard is that there’s a beef between Emily and Courtney,” he retorted.

“When somebody really cares about somebody, I feel that it’s evident in how they speak, and I can’t say I’ve observed that with her,” Nicki chimed in. “I want you to be happy in the long run and end up with someone who’s going to give you 110%.”

Yet, despite their attempts at clearing his libido head, Ben was immovable. And when it came down to Monday’s Rose Ceremony, Ben’s picks were clear: Lindzi, Nicki, Kacie B. and Courtney were staying, while Rachel was eliminated.

In his People blog, Ben defends his decision to keep Courtney in the running. Ultimately, he says it’s about the connection he and Courtney share that matters most. “All the women told me about their reservations regarding Courtney, and I really had to think about what I was missing, or if this was all just part of the nature of the women living together,” he writes. “It’s amazing to see how deeply the women felt about their dislike for Courtney, and it’s equally amazing not to see any of that coming through in her actions with me. It was a lot to consider, but my conversation with Courtney at the rose ceremony reaffirmed that I have to take these relationships individually and focus on the way she is when she’s with me. I see what some of the women were talking about, but I still feel great about Courtney because when I’m with her, I feel really connected to her.”

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