But now Womack is back to take another shot at finding love, it was announced during Dancing with the Stars Monday.
“At first I was skeptical,” Bachelor host Chris Harrison tells PEOPLE. “But the more I thought about it, the more I fell in love with the idea of him coming back, getting another shot.”
The Austin bar owner, 37, famously rejected his final two bachelorettes, DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft. He chose to be alone, a bold choice that no other Bachelor or Bachelorette has ever made in the show’s history. The fan and media backlash he suffered following his decision nearly caused him to go into hiding.
Womack resurfaced over the summer, making amends on ABC’s 20/20 with Pappas, who’s engaged to marry schoolteacher Stephen Stagliano next spring.
“I don’t think Brad deserved as much of the anger and resentment from the fans,” Harrison says of the way people responded to the finale’s unhappy ending. “He’s come out a better man and I think he’s ready to do this.”