'Bachelor Pad' couple Jackie and Ames talk break-up: 'I feel like the rug was kinda pulled out from underneath me,' she says


The happy ending for Bachelor Pad contestants Jackie Gordon and Ames Brown was short-lived. In separate phone interviews with EW today, they confirmed their relationship has already ended. On the episode that aired last night, Ames romantically chased after Jackie’s limo after she was evicted, taking himself out of the competition, worth $250,000, to be with her.

Following the show, the two spent a week in Napa together for a “remedial wine country tour,” Ames says, and Jackie, who’d watched him on The Bachelorette and frequently posted her appreciation for him on Twitter and Facebook, says she fell for him even more. “I woke up every day happy,” she says.

They returned to New York City, where they dated for a week or two more in secret because he was still on The Bachelorette and they couldn’t be seen together. “As for what happened later, it ended a little suddenly,” she says. “I was pretty taken aback, kinda knocked down a little bit. I thought that he was the one. I certainly fell in love with him. I feel like the rug was kinda pulled out from underneath me. I feel like we went from perfection and the potential to be the perfect couple to kind of having my heart broken.”

So what went wrong? “She is a really, really great girl, beautiful and charming, and we just weren’t the perfect match in the end,” is all Ames will say about his change of heart. He says he was instantly drawn to Jackie at the Bachelor Pad opening party. “Almost the instant I met her,” he says, “I knew what my goal on Bachelor Pad was, which was to spend time with her … Especially in the context of The Bachelor Pad, I think we had a lot in common. Bachelor Pad is a pretty crazy place … She made Bachelor Pad a pretty wonderful experience, whereas it would otherwise be pretty harrowing for me… I didn’t even notice I was on Bachelor Pad. Every waking moment, Jackie and I spent together, and then I would go to bed at about 9:30 p.m. while everybody else stayed up till whenever because I decided right away there’s nothing more valuable that I could do than spend time with Jackie, and I had no desire to go sacrificing my integrity and strategizing endlessly. It’s much more fun to get to know a beautiful, smart woman and think about having a future together.”

He always assumed he’d leave with her no matter what. “We hit it off, and seldom are you so explicitly faced with a choice between the possibility of love and the possibility of money,” he says of watching her limo drive away. “There was no doubt in my mind that I had to choose the former.”

Jackie, who still considers that gesture “one of the best surprises of my life,” says she asks herself every day what changed. “Perhaps coming back to your real life and being apart from cameras and the extreme romance, maybe something on the outside changed his mind. Or maybe he just realized ‘Whoa, I need to put the brakes on this,’ or maybe he just didn’t feel like he was ready for a relationship,” she guesses. “He had been away [from New York] for so long and maybe just wanted to take a step back. He’s been traveling a lot, and things have been very busy on his side, so I’d also probably attribute it to that. To me, it was like walking away from something that had very beautiful potential.”

Rumors have begun that Ames, who’s back working in finance, could be named the next Bachelor. “I can honestly say nobody has even mentioned the possibility of becoming the Bachelor to me. I imagine by now, somebody would have mentioned something. So I think for better or for worse, that’s something I don’t have to think about,” he laughs.

Seeing him on The Bachelor‘s less dignified spinoff Bachelor Pad was surprising, we tell him. “I’m at the point in life where I totally do want to get married. And I’m one of those people who says you can’t really go and say ‘no’ to anything if that’s what you want. Somebody said, ‘Come on Bachelor Pad,’ and I just said ‘yes’ because I think you just have to say ‘yes.'” So if producers said, “Come on The Bachelor?” “Then I would probably say, ‘Yes.'”

Would Jackie endorse Ames as the next Bachelor? “That would be a hard thing to watch from afar,” she admits. “I think he would make a fine Bachelor. I think he has a lot of qualities that women are looking for, but at the same time, I would question if he’s ready for that at this time. He fell in love with Ashley. He fell in love with me. If I were in that situation, I would maybe want some time.”

While we wait to see if ABC pops that question to Ames, we had one more for him. What’s up with those red pants? “I just have bad fashion taste,” he laughs, adding that they’re Tom Ford. “Clearly I’m not looking for a future in entertainment if I’m wearing those pants.”

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  • Marissa

    “Somebody said, ‘Come on Bachelor Pad,’ and I just said ‘yes’ because I think you just have to say ‘yes.’” So if producers said, “Come on The Bachelor?” “Then I would probably say, ‘Yes.’”

    I would actually always say ‘no…’

    • Team Jake

      Can’t believe Michael and holly and Graham and Michelle are the final 4

      • Lana

        Thanks for the spoiler a-hole

      • Homer

        I find it very easy to believe that you are a smelly douche bag.

      • Shery

        Now that I know who the final four are, I will definitely keep watching. If your final four are right. I would watch anything to see Kasey & Vienna gone. What idiots. Glad they found each other. 2 people with no common sense. Jake is great. Quit thinking about Vienna and move on with your life.

      • Tom

        Don’t date people from New York, that’s your problem.

      • Jethro

        That is NOT THE FINAL FOUR! But will say Holly is one of them!!

      • Juneau

        @Shery – Jake doesn’t give a crap about Vienna. All he cares about is repairing his public image. She, however, is clearly NOT interested in her public image or acting like a mature adult.

      • Caren

        jerk! not ames, the spoiler jerk!

      • Superman

        iT’S Vienna and the jack-ass looking KC posting this using team Jake. Those 2 perfectly match each other in hell! Am Superman….defender of justice!

    • Frank

      Ames is so weird looking I cant deal with it, he looks like a real life version of a simpsons character

      • kk09

        I sOOOOOOOO agree with you! OMG i’ve been waiting for someone to say that. i couldn’t stand watching ashley give him the rose week after week. LOL

      • Juneau

        He is a little strange looking, but I don’t really notice that since he’s so intelligent, sincere and FUNNY! He’d make a great bachelor.

      • Brenda

        I thought it was just me! With all the adoration he seems to have going on ,I was afraid to say anything. But there is something not quite right about him.

      • Mellissa

        Personally, I think his not quite right face makes him that much better.

    • Megan C.

      spoilers in post. hope you see this first!

    • Jethro

      Is it me or does Ames have those deer eyes in the headlight look for everything? I can’t figure why?

    • Chris Harrison

      Spoiler Alert in the comments below!! Don’t read ahead…..you are warned.

  • nooooo

    I thought they were going to make it :(

  • bsheer

    Ohh, he’s adorable – love Ames!! It’s kind of too bad they didn’t make it – she was so mean to Michelle at the WTA but has since apologized for it. So, giving her benefit of the doubt, wished her well w/Ames. Wonder what happened on his end?

  • jessica

    i’m not surprised that they broke up. he said that he is ready to get married, but he told Ashley that he likes to be spontaneous and just randomly try something new. he probably did the same thing in their relationship. they got close, and then maybe he decided that he wanted to move to yet another foreign country.

  • Shannon

    I know this is naive of me to say, but I really had hopes for them. Dang, foiled again by ABC and their BS promise of love! When will I learn???? When?!?!

    • miss k

      Good lord, me too.

      • Jackie

        Ames is GAY !

    • Superman

      Jackie’s commenter above is gay!

      • beachyorkie

        How straight can someone possibly be? lol Ames is very straight!

  • Daphne

    @Shannon – I have to agree with you. I was cheering on Ames as he chased after the limo and Jackie. I thought they would make it too!

    • Heidi

      That was my favorite moment ever on any of the bachelor’s.
      Jackie is clearly still in love. Hopefully Ames will see the error of his ways and run back – not for ratings but because they were magical together. I would not be happy if he were the next Bachelor.

      My huge vote is for GIA to be the next BACHELORETTE so long as they cast alot of decent, good men. Are they out there? I’d think they’d line up for her.

      • Jules

        Gia is way too emotional and unstable.

      • Valerie

        He will only go back to her IF ABC doesn’t pick him to be the bachelor. I could see his head swell when the ladies cheered for him on MTA when Chris said his name, I think he’s on the fame -ho trail!!!!

      • Sarah

        Gia is dating a professional basketball player – Ryan Anderson from the Orlando Magic. So her being the Bachelorette is unlikely. My bet is Emily Maynard.

      • susparkls

        I agree! Gia for next bachelorette!!!

  • Anne

    His impulsiveness, while charming, may make it difficult for him to truly commit to a woman…

  • katyMay

    I think Ames is in love with himself, and being on TV in that order. I read somewhere that he is a trust fund baby, and pretty crappy student-whose step father bought his way into the Ivy league. I also suspect that the only portfolio he manages is that of his wealthy family. He may well be the next bachelor (although c’mon ABC-time for an African American version!), but I would keep my distance. I think Jackie (whoever she is) caught a lucky break.

    • Lolita

      Totally agree katyMay. I’m ready for a black bachelor or any minority for that matter. It would make it more interesting and the choices will be more diversified. I’m not surprised he broke up with Jackie. Don’t know why, but my gaydar goes off the charts whenever I see him on screen.

      • kate middleton

        Yeah, it is pretty ridiculous that there’s never been a minority bachelor/bachelorette.

      • tae

        It’s a reason minorites have stayed away from the bachelor franchise pretty sure any that have been on is thanking god.

      • Maryland

        Yes! my gardar does too….

    • miss k

      I agree. It’s about time there’s someone who looks different from every single bachelor/bachelorette.

    • charlotte

      Yeah, I gotta agree with this thread on the minority bachelor/bachelorette. Not that I haven’t enjoyed all the same looking people going after each other but c’mon…there’s got to be SOME variety, no?

    • mona

      That may be the explanation why he is participating in these reality shows. If he would be really working, he would not have the time to do so. I was also flabbergasted that his family consented to be on a reality show, obviously nobody can resist their fifteen minutes of fame.
      Watching him I always think he is retarded. I do not know, can you be retarded and still polite, charming and well educated?
      I do not think he is gay. The red pants are normal in many other countries and he travels a lot.

  • Sugar

    Probably what happened is Jackie showed Ames a little of the ugliness she hides inside – like the time she unleashed a torrent of hate on Michelle. I’m glad they broke up, I like Ames and he deserves better than bow-legged Ashley or witch face Jackie. IMO

    • Winnie50

      Wow! That’s a little harsh, making very mean physical judgements about people you only know from T.V. If we are going to be point out peoples negative physical traits you should mention that you could eat off of Ames’ forehead or that he looks a little mentally challanged everytime he is on screen because of the blank stare on his face. That would be mean wouldn’t it?

      • Lea

        It would be mean, but none the less true – like Ashley’s bow legs and Jackie’s witchy face. To be fair, Sugar also pointed out Jackies mean spirited attack on other women. What goes around comes around.

      • Jose

        Ashley does have bow legs, but Jackie is very beautiful.

      • @Jose

        Ahhh – it’s true then? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder? Because, frankly I think she is very unattractive. Her nose almost touches her chin!

      • anonymous

        You could make a wish with the legs that Ashley has.

  • Javadude54

    Welcome to the modern soap opera.

    • abbie

      Seriously what is up with all these contestants thinking they have fallen in love after only 3-4 weeks together?

      • kate middleton

        Probably way less than these two. They were in the house for a week, max. Probably less.

  • EAF


    • Winnie50

      I don’t think a spoiler alert is warranted in this situation because they kind of tell you exactly what the article is about in the title. Should they have just given the article the title of “Spoiler Alert”?

    • Mellissa

      What exactly was spoiled?

    • polk8dot

      I think @EAF was talking to the A-hole at the top who blurted out the Final Four for the Bachelor Pad, without any warning.

    • Juneau

      Consider this your spoiler alert. Don’t read the comments posted to EW articles when you don’t want to be spoiled. See how easy that is?

  • Abby

    EEEWWWWWWW he can’t be the bachelor, those huge teeth and forehead, so distracting, not to mentioned the constantly concussed look he has (not just after getting kicked in the head) he’s a robot!!! only one worse would be Ryan, god!

    • sinicalgrl

      I started laughing so hard when I read your comment that I actually snorted which means I am totally busted at work. But it is so true – Ames perpetually looks utterly confused and pleasantly befuddled all the time – like he could hide his own Easter eggs over and over and over again with a smile on his face.

      • Ally

        hahahahahah this is hilarious and soo true. Im literally laughing out loud at work picturing him hiding eggs and smiling and looking. Hahah

    • anonymous

      Ames would be a shoe in for The GAY Bachelor

    • Superman

      Yahoooo. Ames is million times for handsome than Abby!

  • susela

    Ahhh, maybe what happened to their relationship is that the producers began to realize just how popular Ames has become and needed him to be single for “The Bachelor.”

  • Dr. Jones

    Come on, nobody else sees the obvious answer that Jackie wasn’t “the perfect match” for Ames because Jackie isn’t a guy? The fuchsia pants weren’t enough of a tip-off?

  • TorontoTom

    Adult Barbie Doll Dinner Theatre.

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