<p><span></span><a href="http://dynamic.bauerpublishing.com/mt-search.fcgi?blog_id=2&tag=the%20bachelorette&limit=20&IncludeBlogs=2"><em>Bachelorette</em></a> <a href="http://dynamic.bauerpublishing.com/mt-search.fcgi?blog_id=2&tag=ashley%20hebert&limit=20&IncludeBlogs=2"><strong>Ashley</strong></a> often opens up about her insecurities on the hit show and now in an exclusive interview with <em>Life & Style</em>, she addresses being abandoned by her father, growing up in an unstable family environment, and her lifelong fear of another man deserting her and breaking her heart. "I need to be able to stand on my own two feet just in case something were to happen like what happened to my mother," she confided to <a href="http://dynamic.bauerpublishing.com/mt-search.fcgi?blog_id=2&tag=brad%20womack&limit=20&IncludeBlogs=2"><strong>Brad Womack</strong></a> on <a href="http://dynamic.bauerpublishing.com/mt-search.fcgi?blog_id=2&tag=the%20bachelor&limit=20&IncludeBlogs=2"><em>The Bachelor</em></a>. "You always have to be prepared for the worst."<br />
"Ashley grew up with a lot of family problems," a friend confirms to Life & Style. Her father, Gregg began drinking after losing his job at a mill in the early 1990s. "There was a lot of pressure on him to support his family, and he couldn't handle it," the friend explains. After Ashley's mother, Laurie, filed for divorce, "Gregg started living on the streets," the friend says. Eventually, he fell into a downward spiral of substance abuse and homelessness. Now 52, he spent years working on getting sober and moving between temporary homes and shelters in southern Maine.
So when Ashley had a chance to find love on The Bachelorette, she was determined not to repeat the same mistakes. "I'm going to just put it all out there," she told Life & Style. "I don't want to leave with any regrets." Ashley went into the show with an open heart and a trusting soul, "Truth is the only way to build a real life," she says.
Recently reunited with Gregg, Ashley is attempting to make peace with the past, and her sister, Chrystie Corns, tells Life & Style that Ashley remains in touch with him. After finally realizing that Bentley Williams was playing her on the June 27 episode, Ashley stormed out -- and took back control of her life. Much of that strength came from her mom and sister, who have always been there to support her. "They gave me their blessing," Ashley shares with Life & Style. "They said be yourself -- and follow your heart."
For the full interview with Ashley, pick up the new issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now in New York and nationwide Friday.
Photo Credit; Caroline Greyshock
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