The former reality star said she was happy to be living a "normal" life farther from the spotlight
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Let it be known: This former Bachelorette is happy to have moved on from her days as a reality star.

Emily Maynard has called her stint on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette “one of the darkest times of my life” in an interview with Charlotte, North Carolina, news station WCCB. She told the station that she suffered as a result of all the media scrutiny she faced due to her involvement with the show.

Maynard, however, also said she was much happier now that she was leading a more normal life. “I’m just happy to have that in the past,” she said.

“I would watch [the show] and think ‘I should have done this, done that.’ And having everything blow up in my face a couple times and go through a public embarrassment a couple times, it wasn’t ideal.”

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The interview also had Maynard announcing the sex of the baby she’s expecting in July – it will be a boy – and also explained she’s looking forward to raising her second child while happily receding from the spotlight.

“I’m old news and I’m thankful for that,” she said.