From last rose to mother of five, it’s clear that family is a priority for Emily Maynard Johnson†
Bachelor Nation was introduced to the North Carolina native when she was a single mother to daughter Ricki. Maynard Johnson was engaged to Ricky Hendrick when he died in a plane crash in October 2004 at the age of 24.
Viewers then watched Maynard Johnson — and her daughter — as she got engaged to Brad Womack in season 15 of The Bachelor†
“I Wish I Had Kept” [my time on The Bachelor and Bachelorette] totally separated [from Ricki]’, she admitted in a 2017 podcast interview. So I wish I might have taken a step back. Maybe she protected her a little more from that.’
After her relationship with Womack was short-lived, Maynard Johnson was named the season 8 Bachelorette. She accepted a proposal from Jeff Holm during the final of 2012, but soon “wondered” [if] a relationship with Jef would work, how he would fit into Ricki’s life, if in fact he was ready to be a stepparent,” she recalled in her 2016 memoir.
The pair split after less than a year together and Maynard Johnson got married Tyler Johnson in 2014. The couple welcomed three sons in three years: Jennings Tyler in July 2015, Gibson Kyle in September 2016 and Gatlin Avery in November 2017.
“You could have 18 kids and it really doesn’t make that much of a difference,” she said People in 2017. “Your pushchair is getting bigger, but that’s about it. I might want two more. Ricki is so much older, she’s just more of a help than anything else. So we’ll see!”
In October 2020, she gave birth to daughter Magnolia Belle.
“There’s no other feeling of being a mother,” the former ABC star told The Huffington Post† “People tell you that you don’t know until you experience it. They are right. There is nothing like it.”
Maynard Johnson got emotional on Ricki’s 17th birthday in June 2022 as she thought about becoming a mother.
“To this day, seventeen years ago, I feel like I was reborn in so many ways because you brought so much joy to my aching heart,” she wrote via Instagram. “And now you keep brightening up every room you walk into and making people, whether you know them or not, feel like they’ve known you forever. Your humility, grace, guts and natural beauty know no bounds and I am so proud of you! I love you, Ki!”
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