“I’m not proud of what I had to do,” said The Bachelor’s Jason Mesnick, who destroyed his nice guy image by first proposing to Melissa Rycroft, then dumping her for Molly Malaney in the “After the Final Rose” special. And while online conspiracy theorists are still speculating that the whole season was scripted, one fact about Jason’s life is definitely true: He shares a 3-year-old son, Ty, with his first wife, Hilary Monrean. “Everyone had this image of Jason being a perfect guy, so people drew the conclusion that it must be the girl’s fault. For a while, there was some pretty negative press about her,” a friend of hers tells In Touch, adding that nothing could be further from the truth.
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Hilary has managed to stay out of the spotlight during Jason’s forays into reality TV on The Bachelorette and then The Bachelor, though a video in which she appears for the Seattle band Out From Underneath has raised a few questions. “It’s like life imitating art — the premise is about two people breaking up and the guy goes off and does all right for himself at the end of the day,” says the friend, noting that the video, which features Hilary’s character throwing a ring that lands on a pile of rose petals, was shot long before Jason attended his first rose ceremony. “I think they were just divorced or in the middle of divorcing when she made it.”
Terry Love, host of a Seattle public access TV show about local music, met Hilary during the making of the video because his son Jamie is the band’s lead singer. “We talked during the shoot and she’s sharp as a tack,” Terry tells In Touch. He also points out that on The Bachelor, Jason seemed to be rejecting the women who were as vivacious as Hilary. “Gals who really seemed to have it going on, who really would have been more like Hilary, he said, ‘You’ve got too much going on.’ A lot of times when you pick somebody you don’t want to disappoint, who have the same energy levels and tenacity, spirit of adventure,” says Terry. “It’s kind of funny because the whole premise is that he’s trying to find true love. There’s no reason that Hilary would need to do that. She’s intelligent, attractive and in control of her life.”
“I don’t think she’d have any problem finding a guy,” her friend agrees. “She’s super-smokin’, super-cool. She’s got a great job and a great family, plus she’s a great mom and a great friend.” The pal adds that there was “nothing scandalous” about Hilary and Jason’s breakup and they seem to share equal time with Ty. “I’ve seen them since, hanging out for a mutual friend’s party. They totally get along. She wishes the best for him and he for her. They’re both really good parents. People just move on.”
Watch the video featuring Hilary here: