Upon hearing Emily’s sob story, Madison Garton, 25, decided to take herself out of the running for Brad Womack’s heart in the middle of a rose ceremony on The Bachelor. The Brooklyn-based model further explained via conference call her premature departure and why the role of Texas housewife wasn’t something she wanted to sink her fangs into.
When did you decide to leave?
When I was talking to Ashley on the couch and I started bawling. We were just having a conversation about nothing and all of the sudden I was a wreck. I realized it was probably time for me to go. I had a shaky feeling, and I just didn t feel right being there.
Was Emily’s story really what motivated your exit?
It was definitely the Emily thing that set it off. When she came clean, it pulled on my heartstrings. I felt like I was competing for something I wasn t necessarily sure I needed. You feel less deserving. They all have these stories and heartache and they need this love.
Surely though, had you felt like Brad was your soul mate, you would have persevered?
Fighting other girls for a guy has never been my style. But had I stepped out of the limo and knew he was going to be my husband, I would have been in a stronger fight for him. But at the end of the day, did I see myself being his Texas housewife? Not sure. Could we have worked? Maybe. Probably not. He said he’d have a hard time bringing me home to his grandmother.
Did you have a chance to talk to the other girls about your decision?
The whole thing was wild. It happened so quickly. I talked to Meghan a little. I sat down with Brad about five minutes before the rose ceremony. I didn’t want to be the girl who cried wolf to get attention so I stepped down immediately. The girls had no idea and I didn t get to say bye to a single person.
If Brad and Emily don’t end up together, will you have left for nothing?
That was the fairytale ending. It doesn’t have to be that way. Emily’s a strong girl and she will make good for herself whether she’s ends up with him or is the next bachelorette. And I still would have felt wrong being there.
What’s the backstory with the fangs?
I have always been into the darker side of things and love the mystery and sexiness of vampires. I became friends with the leader of the underground vampire world. He had a fangsmith so I had a pair made. I wore them for Halloween once and had such a blast that I brought them out on numerous occasions afterwards. It has become kind of my signature thing. It was a vote of confidence that Brad was able to handle it. If he couldn t swallow the fangs, he was not going to swallow the whole [me].