Months after filming “The Bachelor” finale, Lindzi Cox apparently no longer expects Ben Flajnik to be back with her. While she hinted that she would open her heart once again for the winemaker if his relationship with Courtney Robertson didn’t work out, the runner-up of the show’s 16th season claimed she didn’t mean what she said back then.
“The one thing I want to set the record straight is when I was walking out and said, ‘If it doesn’t work out, call me!’ that was a total joke,” she claimed. “We were walking and it was that awkward silence where no one was saying anything and I was like, ‘Dude, I got to break this somehow!’ That was a joke!”
Asked how she would respond if Ben called her to beg for a second chance, Lindzi replied, “I don’t know what I would say… I don’t know what I would say to him, but it wouldn’t be much.” However, when later pressed with the same question, she made it clear that she would never date Ben again as saying, “I could absolutely be friends with Ben. I don’t think we’d work dating.”
The 27-year-old lady additionally backtracked her comment that Ben would look like a total fool if he does want to marry Courtney. “I think that – I don’t still mean what I said,” she said before elaborating, “And watching the show, I got to see how their relationship was and I think that ultimately, it’s not my place to say if it’ll last or not or if he’s making a good decision or not, because he has to do what’s best for him and I really wish Ben nothing but the best.”
Showing support for Ben and Courtney, Lindzi added, “I think that I’m in a really good place now and Ben made his decision and I completely respect that, and I wish them nothing but the best.” When asked if Ben made the right decision by picking “bad girl” Courtney, she wisely stated, “I don’t necessarily think Courtney is a bad girl, and I don’t think that he – it’s up to them if their relationship works and I wish them nothing but the best.”
The business development manager went on defending Courtney who was deemed the villain on the show. “She wasn’t that bad in the house. All she did was sleep a lot, and when she was up, she isolated herself. It wasn’t bad for me,” she insisted. Still, she admitted that watching Courtney skinny dipping with Ben was “kind of stung a little bit because he still had a lot of other really great women there.”
Ben dumped Lindzi and proposed to Courtney in the Monday, March 12 episode of “The Bachelor”. Despite the controversial decision, the episode (2.9/8) saw a 36% drop from last year’s finale, marking the lowest-rated closer ever for the ABC reality series.