Viewers are tuning in as Bachelorette and single mom Emily Maynard, 26, looks for love on TV — but not everyone is swooning. In fact, Rick and Linda Hendrick — the parents of Emily’s late fiancé, former NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick, and the grandparents of her daughter, Ricki, 6, — disapprove with the direction that her season eight search is taking, and their disappointment is hurting Emily.
“It started when Emily was talked into going to Europe to shoot,” an insider tells OK!. “The original plan was to shoot it all in North Carolina so that she wouldn’t have to disrupt her daughter’s life. But then they decided that it wasn’t exciting enough and they suddenly added a huge European component.”
And, thus, a screaming match ensued.
Emily’s fiancé Ricky was tragically killed in a plane crash before Emily found out she was pregnant in 2004, and Emily has been close with Rick and Linda since she was 15 — which is why she was so upset about being frozen out of the family.
“Emily is grateful for everything they’ve done for her and she does love them, but she also resents being told what she can and can’t do with her life,” says the insider. “Still, she was pretty hysterical and almost backed out of the trip to Europe, but producers convinced her to go ahead with the plan.”
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