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On a recent summer afternoon, Emily Maynard and her 6-year-old daughter, Ricki, strolled out of a Barnes & Noble bookstore hand in hand and were snapped by a photographer. Since appearing on The Bachelor and then breaking off her engagement to Brad Womack, being photographed while going about her day-to-day life has become a common occurrence for the 25-year-old North Carolina woman.OK! GALLERY: BACHELORETTE ASHLEY HEBERT BANS BOZOS IN L.A.

“Some are convinced she broke up with Brad just so she could be the next Bachelorette,” says an insider. Since Emily and Brad split, and Bachelorette Ashley Hebert was lackluster this season, the clamor has grown that Emily would be next to search for love on The Bachelorette.

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A show insider confirms that returning has always held appeal for Emily.

“Right after she got engaged, things started to go badly with Brad, so she kept talking with producers and the show about ending things, and her future,” says an insider. “The question if she’d be the Bachelorette kept popping up, so she started thinking about it.” Like many women, Emily liked the promise of a group of men vying to win her heart. “She loves the idea of guys being there for her,” says the insider. “It’s a different dynamic — she was really excited about it.”

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