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08/22/2013

Gia Allemand's Funeral Held in New York City

Family and friends gathered this morning to say goodbye to former "The Bachelor" and "Bachelor Pad" star Gia Allemand.

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Her funeral was held at 11 a.m. at Trinity Grace Church in Chelsea.  Some 150 people attended the services.  Her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson, and her mother were seen embracing and crying together at the church.  Gia's father, who was said to be heartbroken, was also in attendance.

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08/14/2013

Bachelor Nation Mourns Loss of Gia Allemand

Bachelor Nation is mourning the loss of "Bachelor" and "Bachelor Pad" star Gia Allemand.  Gia died today at University Hospital in New Orleans.  

Her publicist released a statement: 

Television personality and Model/Actress Gia Marie Allemand (29) passed away today at University Hospital, New Orleans.

While in her residency in New Orleans on Monday night, Ms. Allemand was found by her boyfriend, NBA Basketball Player Ryan Anderson, following an apparent suicide attempt.

Mr. Anderson contacted 911 and emergency medical crews were immediately dispatched to the scene. Tuesday, Ms. Allemand remained in the hospital unconscious in critical condition and on life support.

Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today. Ms. Allemand passed away peacefully with her mother, boyfriend, and other life-long friends by her side. As a practicing Christian, Gia did receive the sacrament of last rites.

Loved ones and fans will remember Gia Allemand as a caring woman who loved her family and was well-known for her compassion towards animals and mission to rescue homeless pets.

Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming in another official statement once available. On behalf of the family, we sincerely ask for privacy at this time.

 

Also, "The Bachelor" franchise creator/executive producer Mike Fleiss released a statement saying: “The entire Bachelor family is tremendously saddened by the tragic passing of our friend, Gia. She was truly a sweet and generous soul. This is a devastating loss for anyone who ever knew her.”  

 

Several past "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" contestants have released statements, including Jake Pavelka, the Season 14 "Bachelor" that Gia competed for.

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Jake Pavelka ‏@jakepavelka1: I had to pull over, I can't stop crying. We have lost an angel.

He later added: "I am in complete shock and devastated to hear the news about Gia. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known." and he continued, "And a very dear friend. My heart goes out to her family during this very difficult time. We have lost angel today. I miss you Gia...".

 

Several others also Tweeted just minutes apart:

 

Melissa Rycroft ‏@MelissaRycroft: Life can be so surreal sometimes....

 

Ali Fedotowsky ‏@AliFedotowsky: We lost an incredible human being today. @giaallemand http://instagram.com/p/dAWjjkjP9n/ 

 

Chris Harrison ‏@chrisbharrison: It's with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our good friend Gia Allemand. She will be loved and missed by all who knew her.

 

Michelle Money ‏@MoneyMichelle: Two years ago today my amazing father passed away. Today another angel is joining him in heaven. Such a sad sad day. #HeartBroken

 

William Holman ‏@WilliamFHolman:  :( lucky enough I got to hold you Gia pic.twitter.com/5XrDcqkexe

 

Nick Peterson ‏@NickPetersonTV: Crushed to hear the devastating news of @GiaAllemand's passing. Had the opportunity to spend time with her and I know she's in heaven.

 

Erica Helaine Rose ‏@EricaTheRose: I'm in shock and disbelief to hear the news about @GiaAllemand padding. She is truly an angel and will be forever missed by #bachelornation

 

Jillian Harris ‏@jillianharris: I am just hearing this horrific news. I am in disbelief. My heart is breaking for my #BachelorNation family. I'm so sorry my little family

 

Justin Rego ‏@JustinRatedR: I honestly dont know what to say right now.. giaallemand you will be missed and remembered by family,… http://instagram.com/p/dAVRpJTRbu/ 

 

Trista Sutter ‏@tristasutter#BachelorNation please join me in sending thoughts & prayers 2 @GiaAllemand 's family & all those who were blessed 2 know her. #angeltoosoon

 

Desiree Hartsock ‏@DesHartsock: So incredibly sad to hear the news. Love and prayers go out to Gia's family and friends.

 

wes hayden ‏@wesleyhayden: I will miss you Gia, you were an awesome woman and I thank God I got to be part of your life if only… http://instagram.com/p/dAU3tuPWlj/ 

 

Trista Sutter ‏@tristasutter: "@peoplemag: The Bachelor's @GiaAllemand has died. http://ow.ly/nVVZW  " Heartbroken. We will miss you beautiful girl.

 

Jessie Sulidis ‏@jessiesulidis#ripgiaallemand giaallemand ! You will be missed! I will always remember how much crazy fun we would… http://instagram.com/p/dAUmgChb8y/ 

 

Sean Lowe ‏@SeanLowe09: My prayers go out to @GiaAllemand 's family during this time. Life on earth is but a vapor and she's with our Lord now.

 

Gia was also very involved with several charities over the years and most notably with Alex's Lemonade Stand.  She was in attendance at the event in New York City (She's a Howard Beach, Queens native) to raise money for pediatric cancer and click here to see an interview with her from 2010: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/video?id=7637488.

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My thoughts and condolences go out to Gia's family and her boyfriend, New Orleans Pelicans player Ryan Anderson, who were said to be at her side when she passed.

08/13/2013

Gia Allemand in Critical Condition!

What a shock!  Gia Allemand of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelor Pad" is reportedly hospitalized in critical condition!  

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The Huffington Post reports that she was taken to the hospital in New Orleans following a "serious emegency medical event".  She's dating NBA Pelicans player Ryan Anderson and he along with Gia's mother are by her side.  Let's hope she recovers from whatever happened! 

 

Hugs, Kisses, & Roses,

Jennifer Matarese

08/07/2013

Conference Call with Desiree, Chris, Drew and Brooks!

If you had any remaining questions about what really went on this season of "The Bachelorette", I think this post will answer ALL of them for you.  Desiree, Chris, Drew and Brooks all took part in a conference call with reporters on Tuesday.  Here is the full transcript and my questions are in purple.  First up was Desiree and Chris, followed by Drew, and then lastly Brooks.  Happy reading!

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Question:         I was wondering, you know, we found a little bit of your conversation, Desiree with Chris, about what happened when Brooks left at the end of the episode.  But I was wondering can you guys talk a little bit about the conversations that you had afterwards to kind of clear up what had happened there so that the two of you could move forward.

 

Desiree Hartsock:        Yes, I mean, I did expect for him during the proposal, everything that had happened with Brooks and I needed that, you know, I needed him to know that in order to move forward and be honest.

 

            Since the, like, since the proposal I guess I’ve – I don’t know we haven’t needed to rehash anything more.  He pretty much knows all the details and, you know, that didn’t bother him.

 

Chris Siegfried:           Yes, we’ve – we’ve really been focusing on or relationship now.  And, you know, that’s not something that everybody gets to see and, you know, I was glad that she was honest with me and that’s kind of where we wanted to start our relationship.  And, you know, that’s where we’re going now. 

 

 

Jennifer Matarese:       So, I was wondering if, Desiree, you plan to take Chris’s last name?

 

Desiree Hartsock:        I do, definitely.  I’m very traditional in that sense.  So, I will be a Siegfried.

 

Chris Siegfried:           Hey. 

 

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08/06/2013

Desiree and Chris Talk About Finding Love on 'The Bachelorette'

Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried from "The Bachelorette" were nice enough to talk about their experience on the show right after their appearance this morning on "Live with Kelly and Michael" (Erin Andrews was filling in for Kelly).

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On the show, they revealed that they were thinking about next summer as when they would like to have their wedding, but they have not yet picked out the big day.  

 

 

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They sat down and I asked Chris what went through his head when Desiree started to have him stand back up right before he was about to propose, and he said that "at the time, it made me a little nervous, I'm not going to lie."  However, he did add that he didn't ever think that she was stopping him because she might have picked Drew.  WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW:

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08/05/2013

Desiree Finds Love! The BEST 'Bachelorette' Finale EVER

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This is truly the first finale, where I really felt like I didn’t know what to expect!  We left off last week with Brooks breaking Desiree’s heart, and he said he didn’t love her and didn’t think that would change.  This week, the second part of the finale started off with Desiree reflecting on what Brooks said to her back in her room and crying.  Chris Harrison came by to meet her and talk about the situation.  It was apparently the following day, or so it seemed.  Chris Harrison tried to make the case for Drew and Chris (especially Chris) and said that they are there for her and love her, and Desiree just seems to have discounted them already.  The heart wants what the heart wants.  Still, she decides to spend some more time with Chris and Drew to really explore her feelings for each of them and see if she could love either of them.  Aw!  She has a rose ceremony coming up where she would have eliminated the guys to the final two, and she says she doesn’t know what she is going to do with that rose ceremony.

 

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