I’ve dreamed about leaving the city for the simple life out in the country where I would fall for some hot guy who rode a tractor.
It’s still just a fantasy for me, but Brooke Ward, a 23-year-old marketing representative from Dallas, Tex., did just that, and met the love of her life, real-life farmer (and OK! Man Candy alum) Matt Neustadt on the The CW reality series Farmer Wants a Wife.
With Miss B. packing her bags to make the move to Missouri to be closer to her new beau, (who she hadn’t seen since the show was filmed last year!), I had to find out what’s next in this small town, big reality TV romance…
Brooke, how does it feel to be the gal Matt chose?
Amazing. It’s just good to finally not have a big secret and try to be normal. I just want to move there and try to date in the same town. I’m actually packing up my stuff right now.
Matt, did you know Brooke was the one from the start?
Yeah. I have to blame casting on that one. They chose a girl who had a little bit of country in her too even though she’s from the city. That was definitely attractive to me. It was hard at times for me to hide it, though I think I did a pretty good job of not letting her know she’d be in the top two.
Will there be a wedding?
Matt: I will not date a person unless they are marriage material. I know a lot about Brooke right now, and I just want to spend time with her. I’m certainly not naïve enough to predict the future, I will eat those words every time. Do I have the right, true correct, feeling for Brooke? Absolutely, 100 percent. I’m not looking for any more fame or publicity. I just want to spend more time with her because we haven’t been able too for so long. I’m ready to make up for lost time. I can’t see anything stopping us for progressing forward.
Brooke: I always said I would never move for a man. That’s something you do when you are serious about someone. But I am going to move there, and I just want to hang out and spend time with him and get to know what he does on a day-to-day basis, and really give this a go. When I did the show, the last thing I was looking for was marriage. But I definitely could be married by next year.
If you get married, will it be a farm ceremony?
Matt: I would leave that up strictly to my fiancé. We can do whatever she wants. I’m 30. I’ve been ready to get married since I was 27. I’m in kids mode. I’m ready to go.
Brooke: Oh really? (Laughs)
Brooke, some of the challenges you did to win Matt’s heart were pretty outrageous.
I am so glad I didn’t have to stick my hand up the cow’s butt. Those crickets, they went everywhere!
Brooke, did the show accurately portray you?
I think for the most part, yes and no. Definitely more towards the end, we weren’t just characters running around. You got to see what we were really doing and thinking. So not much in the beginning, but definitely in the end.
Have you and runner-up Christa made amends?
I reached out to Christa a little bit. I still think there is some animosity there, so I don’t really know if we’ll ever be friends again. But she’s a really cool girl so I wish her the best. Obviously, I do not keep in touch with Josie.
Josie was quite the character.
Matt: [The viewers] got a piece of the real Josie. But I think the show made her look like she was on her best behavior because in my mind, Josie’s at least 1000 worse than that in real life.
Matt, do you keep in touch with any of the gals?
I did stay in touch with a lot of the girls. Even though not everyone’s intentions may have been the same for doing the show, we all formed weird bonds and relationships and friendships.
What about Kanisha (KJ)? She took it hard when you sent her back to the city.
She was beautiful, smart and a hard worker, but I just felt more of an attraction for Brooke and Christa. I think KJ was hurt, and it hurt me to see her that way. She just decided to lift herself up a little bit, and I was right there to help her because I agree with everything she said. She is a dimepiece and she’s an awesome girl. I wish her the absolute best.
So Matt, are you really a farmer?
Yes. We come in all different sizes, shapes, colors and backgrounds. That was really my house you saw on TV. Just trying to convince people of that has been the hardest part. They think they know what a farmer should look like. I would like to think I break most of that stereotype.