The Bachelor’s Melissa Rycroft has a brand new gig on Dancing With the Stars — and a brand new man, she reveals in Us Weekly’s newest issue!
The 25-year-old — who was proposed to, and then unceremoniously dumped for runner-up Molly Malaney six weeks later by Jason Mesnick on TV — tells Us she’s been quietly dating an insurance agent named Ty.
(Coincidentally, Mesnick’s 4-year-old son with ex-wife Hilary Monrean is also named Ty.)
“We’ve been really good friends, but the timing was never right,” she tells Us. “With all this going on, he’s my support system. It’s funny how things happen.”
While Mesnick gets slammed by former Bachelor contestants (Andrew Firestone called him an “ass;” Trista Sutter fumed, “She deserves so much better!”) — it seems Rycroft has come out on top.
With tears in her eyes on Monday’s DWTS premiere, the former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader — who showed off sexy, sculpted abs as she hit the floor with partner Tony Dovolani — earned a high score of 23 out of 30 after just two days of practice.
She also drew raves from the judges (“The Bachelor’s loss is Dancing With the Stars gain,” said Len Goodman) and support from the audience, who gave her a standing ovation — and booed when video of Mesnick was shown.
“She feels like Cinderella right now,” DWTS’ producer Conrad Green says. “Someone’s just called her up and invited her to the ball!”
Pick up the newest issue of Us Weekly, on stands now, to find out how how Ty and Melissa met, see what he looks like — and learn what Melissa really thinks of Mesnick.